Handcrafted by accomplished blacksmiths, this exceptional piece is a result of the skilful hands of Yoshikazu Tanaka from Tanaka Uchihamono Works, renowned as a master blacksmith. The sharpening expertise comes from the hands of Tadataka Maruyama and Naohiro Nomura. The knives feature a robust construction using Shirogami #2 (white steel #2) and soft ironclad, presenting a distinct 3-layer structure. Crafted in OSAKA, JAPAN, the knives boast a double bevelled and half tang design, with oak handles retaining bark on two sides. The intentional lack of polish on the black surface reveals the blacksmith’s forging traces while maintaining an oxide film for rust prevention. Please Note: The handle color varies from light to quite deep ochre. Not dishwasher safe.
HANDLE: The handle design pays homage to Kaba zaiku, a time-honoured wood bark craft originating in Kakunodate town, Akita prefecture, dating back to the late 18th century when lower-ranking samurai engaged in part-time crafting. Cherry bark, known for its moisture-retaining and repelling properties, has been historically used in various items, from kitchen utensils to letterboxes. The series introduces handles that not only enhance kitchen aesthetics but also evoke the beauty of cherry trees. Characterized by a comfortable grip, unique wood patterns, and eco-friendly qualities, these handles represent a harmonious blend of tradition and functionality.
Please note these are very high-carbon knives with an edge that will oxidize which can be reduced and removed with the use of rust-removing cream and camelia oil which are available in our maintenance section.