MUTSUMI HINOURA Bladesmith
Mutsumi Hinoura is a Fourth General Bladesmith who lives in Sanjo, in the Niigata region of Japan and is the son of renowned Bladesmith Tsukasa Hinoura who is a Third Generation Bladesmighth and has been making knives since 1975. Mutsumi studied industrial engineering at Niigata College of Technology and graduated in 2001, then he began working as a full time Bladesmith. Like his father, he is very active in promoting the art of Bladesmithing within the Niigata region. Mutsumi has become famous for his craftsmanship and ability to forge knives with excellent balance, sharpness and a stark beauty that speaks to Japan’s feudal past. Mutsumi specializes in hand forging San Mai blades from the highest quality carbon steel, Aogami Super Steel. Many Knife Makers and Owners feel that Aogami Super Steel is among the best Carbon Steels for use in making Kitchen knives.
Fort Henry Custom Knives is proud to be a direct Dealer for Mutsumi Hinoura
~ Direct from the Maker ~
Direct from Mutsumi -this model is his Nakiri ~ the Japanese most used knife when Chopping / Slicing larger Fruits & Vegetables. Nakiri Bocho is translated as “Knife for Cutting Greens” ~ built for Slicing and Chopping with a Straight, Thin Edge Geometry for fast cutting. Very easy to maneuver. This is one of those blades you will love to use again and again.
Matsumi Hand Forged the San Mai blade to shape with an Aogami Super Steel High Carbon Steel core ~ it has a Rockwell of 63 and a Cutting Edge of approx 6″ (approx 152 mm) with a Straight, Razor Sharp Edge.
Mutsumi’s Signature is hand stamped into every blade for Authenticity. The Lamination Line is clearly visible and the blade hand sharpened on increasing grits of Natural Japanese Waterstones by Mutsumi to a Polished, Laser sharp edge. This example has a more Uncommon Nashiji Finish ~ this “Pear Skin Pattern” leaves the Flats with a more Natural Forged Surface look, but is actually more difficult to achieve than the normal Kurouchi Finish.
Mutsumi passes his blades to another Master who completes the traditional Japanese handling process. This is the way that Japanese Swords and knives have been made for centuries. This knife has a beautiful Red Ebony Wood handle with Pakkawood Ferrule.
The handle was crafted in the Traditional Shinogi Handle shape, with a Ridge on the Backside, esp comfortable for Right Hand use and Large enough to fit any size Grip.
The Nakiri knife is enjoyed for all fine detail cutting in the Kitchen. The Fine Grain of the Premium Carbon Steel Core will slice easily through even the toughest vegetable skin or meat and will be a joy to use.
This knife comes complete in a Presentation Box
This knife will appeal to anyone who values true hand made tools with a rich history.
An incredible value for a Hand Forged Blade of this size and quality.