Fort Henry Custom Knives is proud to be a direct Dealer for Hidetoshi Nakayama
Knifemaker Hidetoshi has been a netsuke artist for over 15 years. Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function (the two Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean “root” and “to attach”). Traditional Japanese garments—robes called Kimono had no pockets; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.
Their solution was to place such objects in containers (called sagemono) hung by cords from the robes’ sashes. The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes which were held closed with sliding beads on cords. Whatever the form of the container, the fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke. Hidetoshi has taken his talent for carving in a fresh new direction – the Talon XL Key Chain / Self Defense Tool.
Direct from the Maker from the ECCKS 2012
I was Hidetoshi’s first customer at the recent ECCKS and I chose each item I purchased from him with great care, looking for the best examples of his work.
This unique Talon XL is Silver Cast and hand finished from one solid piece of Sterling Silver
Hidetoshi painstakingling hand finishes each piece, giving them realism by providing texture and unique touches to each one. This item is a solid feeling tool that you can use as your Keychain as it is already equipped with a coated Leather attachment and Key Ring.
The attachment area is a thick antiqued socket and the main exterior Talon is polished – it is Solid!
An excellent Self Defense tool that can be carried with you at all times.
I have only one!