Moritaka Hamono was founded in 1293 during the Kamakura period by Kongohyoe Minamoto no Moritaka, who was the head swordsmith for the Bhuddist priests at Mt. Homan in Dazaifu, Fukuoka. His descendants then followed in his footsteps in the same city for 13 generations.
In 1632, the family followed the Higo Daimyo Mitsunari Hosokawa (The feudal ruler of the Higo region) and moved to Miyaji-machi, Yatsushiro City in Kumamoto. For another 13 generations in this city, they forged swords for Bhuddist armies, the Daimyo's army, and also for the Daimyo himself. Moritaka swords were unique becuase they were made and used to help attain Bhudda hood.
Five generations ago, master swordsmith Chuzaemon Moritaka decided to expand and apply their forging techniques to kitchen knives. Then then theyve been dedicated to producing a large variety of kitchen knives and edged gardening tools for agricultural use and forestry.
The Petty is the Japanese equivalent to a paring knife. At the shop we think they blow western paring knives out of the water because that extra bit of length adds a lot of versatility and we don't find it gets in the way of smaller tasks. Wether you're capping strawberries or brussel sprouts, peeling or turning vegetables, or leaving it out at your station during service is case you forgot the prep that half litre of brunoise shallots for the oysters the petty has your back.
*Suitable for right and left handed users
Knife Care (Iron Clad)
This Knife is made from 3 layers of material; A layer of iron on each side protecting a layer of carbon steel at the core, in a process referred to as Sanmai or forge welding. Iron and carbon steel are both susceptible to rust and must be kept dry and clean at all time’s to avoid oxidation and discolouration.
Simply wipe the knife with a damp cloth immediately after use.
Wash with regular dish soap and warm water using a none abrasive sponge or cloth.
Never put your knife in the dishwasher! The extreme heat will ruin the wooden handle.
Highly acidic ingredients (Onions, Tomatoes, Citrus) Will cause rust and oxidation to happen faster, thus the user must ensure the knife is wiped clean immediately after working with such an ingredient.
Should any rust form it can be removed using a rust eraser or a mixture of Baking soda and water to simply scrub it clean.
Avoid Bones, Frozen foods, nuts and hard candies or anything other than fruits, vegetables and proteins.