Nigara Hamono has been appointed by the region of Tsugaru to make Japanese swords over 350 years ago. As one of the few noble swordsmiths in Japan, they have continued to preserve this art. During the Showa period, the 5th generation Kunitoshi Nigara, the master swordsmith, was a legendary swordsmith praised for his work and considered a national treasure.
Today, the 8th generation young blacksmith Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa, (son of the company’s president Toshiju Yoshizawa), is evolving the family traditions creating unique knives.
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.
Old growth beech and pine encompass the Anmon falls where the cool mountain stream cascades down from the precipitous rocks above.
The sight of the rippling waterfall has enchanted its visitors with its mystical power.
A truly unique Damascus pattern (no one is similar to another), made of SG2 steel (new technology powder metal stainless steel).
The Kiritsuke is a hybrid knife, similar to a Gyuto but with a K-Tip suitable for delicate tasks and ideal for push cutting technique. It is a knife that is used as a multi-purpose knife, suitable for a wide range of tasks. Is shaped for cutting the vast majority of meats, fishes, vegetables and fruits. Can be also used as a slicer alternative to Sujihiki. The 240mm size can suit both experienced home cooks and professionals.