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.
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!
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Cladding: Stainless Damascus (Anmon)
Edge Steel: SG2 Stainless Steel
Weight: 6 oz/ 170g
Edge Length: 228mm
Overall Length: 380mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2.3mm
Blade Height at Heel: 49mm
Handle: Wenge Octagonal
Photos by Gustavo