Tomita san is very definitely of the old school. Hiding away in his dingy forge in the outskirts of Miki, he hand laminates his Shirogami White Paper Steel blades, leaving a wavy edge pattern between the hard inner layer and softer steel. The handles and soft steel are finished with hammer tone Tsuchime pattern, and his wife sews pretty kimono fabric bags for each knife. Due to the hand made nature of these knives, there is quite a bit of variation in dimensions. So old school is Tomita san, in fact, that these come only half sharpened, and benefit from a few minutes in a #1000 or #2000 stone.
Japanese higo knives like this are not sprung - the blade hinges on a rivet that starts off stiff and loosens gradually over time. If needs be, a sharp knock with a hammer tightens it up.
- 75mm Shirogami blade
- 170mm open length
- 125mm closed length
Niwaki Tip: Keep clean and oil with Camellia oil to prevent rust.