Established in 1872 by Mastersmith Torakichi Mizuno in Sakai City in Osaka, Mizuno Tanrenjo became famous for producing the traditional Japanese knives ‘Sakai Uchi’.

For 5 generations, the Mizuno family has been recognized as one of the most important family of craftsmen in Japan. A Mayokegama (a sickle to face evil), made by 2nd generation blacksmith Masanori Mizuno, is still decorating the roof of  Houryuji temple in Nara, Japan’s oldest five story building registered as a National Treasure and the World Heritage monument by UNESCO.

Mizuno Tanrenzo workshop is for years the favourite of Japan’s Royal family and has received visits from its members. Today is led by 5th generation blacksmith Jun Mizuno with the precious help of his wife Nanako who is taking care of all non blacksmithing business.

Because of his amazing craftsmanship, Jun Mizuno has been appointed by two of Japan’s top shrines who selected his katanas to be in the shrines’ permanent collections.

This series is hand forged and sharpened in Ginsan (Silver-3) stainless steel, one of the purest stainless Japanese steels. It is often compared with Shirogami and praised because of it long lasting edge retention and ease of sharpening. Kasumi finish and a beautiful black Sandalwood with black buffalo horns and copper rings on both ends handle.

Important Note: It is usual that Japanese Handmade knives do not come sharpened at their full potential out of the box. This is due to Japanese mentality that the owner and user should give the final sharpening to his or her knives. This is also the case for Mizuno Tanrenzo knives.

If you are not an experienced sharpener, let us give your knife an extra sharpening to reach it’s full potential by clicking on the Extra Sharpening request.

Brand / Blacksmith: Mizuno Tanrenzo
Series: Ginsan
Knife type: Deba 165
Blade Length / Total length (mm): 170 / 312
Grind: 50/50
Finish: Polished / Kasumi
Steel type: Ginsan
Forging method: San Mai
HRC hardness: 61-62
Handle type / Material / Ferrule: Wa / Octagonal / Ebony / Buffalo
Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm): 5,5
Blade height at heel (mm): 47
Weight (gr): 274