This knife was created in collaboration with Kiyokatsu Rouki, the president of Hakone Parquet and a traditional craftsman.
The handle is made of natural wood carefully carved with a canna, and delicate patterns are brought together using traditional techniques to create a beautiful continuous pattern.
The natural wood color is a stylish and modern knife.
The blade is a super-luxury cutlery steel Super Gold II.
It is an ultra-high-grade cutlery steel that covers the four major conditions of high hardness, high toughness, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance.
This makes the tissue very fine and has an excellent effect on the sustainability of sharpness.
It is a gem with a beauty that you have never seen before and a Japanese atmosphere.
|Country of origin||Fukui Prefecture, Japan|
|Technique||Echizen Forged Blades|
|Material||Double-edged: Super Gold II, Hakone parquet handle|
|Size||Total Length: 8.85", Blade Length: 3.93"(全長:22.5, 刃渡り:10.0cm)|
|Electronic Equipment||Dishwasher NG. Hand wash in hot water and wipe dry and store.|
|Note||The color and grain of the handle (natural wood) are different one by one.|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
Techniques and Sentiments Passed Down Over Generations
- Echizen Forged Knives
- Company Representative: Koji Masutani
Bringing 700 Years of Craftmanship to the Present Day
Founded in 1953, Ryusen Hamono began as a knife-sharpening business, but was later expanded into an integrated manufacturing factory due to the changing times.
Since then, our business has been operating for seventy years.
Within the production region, we are the first to commercialize stainless steel and have embarked on creating knives for general household use.
In addition, we are producing and developing products with the aim of achieving “high added value.”
While sticking to traditional "techniques" and "handicrafts" that do not rely on machines, and inheriting the techniques of Echizen Forged Knives that have been passed down for 700 years, we are also working on developing products in new fields such as cutlery and stationery.
Easier to Use and More Beautiful
Ryusen Hamono is always striving to deliver “great cutting quality,” "beauty," and "ease of use."
Our blades with their graceful and delicate ripple pattern and our handles made of natural wood have also received high acclaim from overseas.
In recent years, we have started to produce cutlery items such as steak knives as a new branch of products.
As times change, we have transformed the traditional techniques of Echizen Forged Knives into items that are closely linked to modern life.
In addition, we have continued to make our products easier to use and more beautiful, while striving to develop functionality and form that corresponds to their unique purpose of use.
We Hope to Deliver Joy and Wonder to Our Customers
It is our pleasure to deliver products that bring joy and wonder to our customers' daily lives.
While preserving the traditional smith forging and hand-sharpening techniques of Echizen Forged Knives, which boast a history of 700 years, we are working every day to create new products, with the aim of achieving great cutting quality, beauty, and ease of use.
Please rest assured that we also undertake maintenance work such as re-sharpening.
Going forward, we will continue to create products that make everyday cooking and meals more enjoyable.
2017 Selected as the Excellent Successor of Traditional Craftsmanship, and wins the Good Design Award (awarded consecutively since 2013), and the METI Manufacturing Industries Bureau Director-General Award at the National Traditional Crafts Exhibition
2016 Selected as one of the Vibrant HABATAKU Small and Medium Enterprises 300
2016 Wins the highest award at the First Fukui Furusato Company Awards
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.