Last Orders for Christmas Delivery: UK Royal Mail 48: please order by midday, Tuesday 19th December. UK DPD Next Day: please order by midday, Thursday 21st for next day delivery. Outside UK: Sorry, we can no longer guarantee delivery before Christmas
Ladder Orders: Any ladder orders placed now will be dispatched in the new year.
Office Hours. We close at 5pm on Thursday 21st December, and re-open on Tuesday 2nd January.
Thank you for your support this year - we hope you have a very good Christmas and an excellent New Year.
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.