Nigara Hamono Ltd makes beautiful and functional art in the form of some of the most stunning kitchen knives we have seen.
During the early Edo Period, the city of Hirosaki was a castle town. There were over one hundred forging shops in the area. Nigara Forging is one of these historical Tsugaru blacksmith shops. The Nigara company has kept the traditional forging techniques alive and has remained committed to high-quality blade forging for centuries.
This is one of the most beautiful knives we carry. The damascus is excuisity and the wenge wood handle gives it an elegant finishing touch. This particular knife is fashioned using SG2 Stainless Steel.
The "Anmon" design was inspired by the rippling water of the Anmon Waterfalls, cascading from the foot of the World Heritage Shirakami Mountains adjacent to the city of Hirosaki. The ripple design on the knife comes only after forging 25 layers of steel, resulting in a sharp and durable blade, resistant to rust. No two blades have the same markings, as each is made carefully by hand.
You have to see and handle this knife to truly appreciate the quality of workmanship and materials. A real stunner! P.S. They call this one a 210mm Kiritsuke but the actual measurement on the edge is 195mm so we call it a 195mm Bunka
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Cladding: Damascus (Raindrop / Anmon)
Edge Steel: SG2 Stainless Steel
Weight: 5.6 oz/ 155g
Edge Grind: Double Bevel / Even Grind
Edge Length: 195mm
Overall Length: 340 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2mm
Blade Height at Heel: 49mm
Handle: Wenge Octagonal
Ferrule: Buffalo Horn
Photos by Gustavo Bermudez