The Hinoura Hamono workshop forges the Tagai Tradition line, founded in 1905; the shop is still owned by the family today in Tsubamesanjo.
Hinoura Tsukasa was recognized as a Master of Japanese Traditional Crafts by the Japanese government in 2012. He currently runs the workshop with his son Hinoura Mutsumi. Their products are renowned for their extreme sharpness.
Here's what you get when picking a blade from the Tagai Tradition line:
- Razor-sharp edge
- Ease of Sharpening
- Comfortable handcrafted handle
- The shape, although it is still octagonal, is made thinner than usual, giving it a good grip.
- Being handcrafted, you can feel that the handle was conceived to feel great in hands. The wood has been polished to a silky smooth finish allowing you to work a long time with the knife comfortably.
- Light and balanced knife, making it easy to handle as if it was an extension to your hands.
These measurements are only of the blade length, not the whole knife as handles length vary.