Why these knives?
In the 1800s, craftsmen in Gifu prefecture were renowned for making excellent samurai swords. Their access to the right raw materials, and long history of sword making improvements had cemented their place as premier sword makers in Japan.
Then, in 1876 the Japanese government banned Samurai from carrying swords, killing the sword making industry overnight.
The craftsmen had to adapt. Using their expertise in forging, hardening and sharpening steel, they began making kitchen knives, bringing together hundreds of years of blade making knowledge with the best of new technology.
The result is a modern take on tradition - beautiful, sharp and lightweight blades of impeccable quality.