Etsu Knife

Nigara Hamono Anmon Ginsan Bunka 165 mm

$595.95
Blade Length  165 mm
Total Length  325 mm
Steel  Ginsan
Handle  Pakka Wood
Ferrule Pakka wood
Rockwell 63
Height Spine to heel  52 mm
Width at Spine  2 mm
Weight  158 grams

 

Nigara Hamono received official Appointment (designation of excellence in craftsmanship) by the Tsugaru Clan more than 350 years ago for their work making katana. The blacksmith techniques developed at that time have been passed down through the generations and to this day the utmost attention and care is taken when making each knife. Located in the northern town of Hirosaki, Nigara Hamono developed The “Anmon” design which 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. 

This knife is an interesting example of the lee-way some makers take when deciding what to call their knives as we would call this knife a bunka, not a santoku due to the reverse tanto tip. Either way this knife is incredibly beautiful. The red pakka wood handle is incredibly unique and very comfortable in the hand. The knife as a whole is moderate in terms of weight, not super light but not super heavy. Super versatile, super comfortable and super beautiful, what more could you want? 

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