First step is to choose your knife type. Click on a category below. The multipurpose knives are called "GYUTO" and "BUNKA". Small knives are called "PETTY”. There are also some small knives under “BUNKA”.
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& TRADITIONForging knives in Fukui, Japan
The blacksmiths of Fukui prefecture have been forging steel for over 800 years. Like other knife making regions the availability of iron sand, pine charcoal and a steady water supply make the region perfect for steel production.
The first blacksmiths were dispatched from Kyoto for sword production but quickly turned their hand to supplying the local farmers with scythes and other harvest equipment.
Knifemaking in Fukui
As war and manual farming became unfashionable the blacksmiths created their distinctive style of kitchen knives in the Echizen Uchihamono tradition. Echizen is the ancient name of the Fukui region and Uchihamono refers to the art of hammer forged cutlery of the region.
Fukui chef knives are thin and sharp with a distal taper. Blacksmiths of the region are masters of forging mixed steels. Softer layers are wrapped around a harder core steel that can be sharpened to a very keen edge. The soft steel support the more brittle steel at the core of the blade by offering shock absorbance.The Blacksmith transforms a billet of steel into a Japanese knife
In 1980, Echizen, Fukui was the first production centre for forged blades to be awarded a Traditional Craft award by the Japanese government. Echizen blades include knives, scissors, hatchets and sickles, made by traditional methods – handcrafted, forged in fire and finished by hand.Blades are sharpened one by one
Today Fukui produces some of the best clad-steel knives in all Japan. The hammer forged blades feature carbon steel cores clad with stainless, exotic steels like R2 PM and more familiar mixes such as VG10 nickel Damascus. Traditional hammer forging creates a finely grained steel (much finer than production knives) for easier sharpening and much longer edge retention.
Chef's Armoury Fukui knives feature western friendly 50-50 bevels for both left and right handed users.
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We are happy to bring the best of Japanese craftsmanship from talented blacksmiths and togishi to our shores.
Most items ship within 24-48 hours business days (bespoke items excluded)