Tsukasa Hinoura is a third generation knife maker in Sanjo, Niigata, Japan. From the forging of the jigane cladding, the warikomi forge lamination of the steel core and cladding, the water quench heat treatment to the final whetstone finish and all steps in between, traditional techniques are methodically employed. Hinoura-San is known for his examination of traditional Japanese blacksmithing with modern metallurgical microscopy, on both his own work and the work of other Japanese blacksmiths. All of his research supported the functional importance of traditional techniques that had been started to be viewed as antiquated or unnecessary with modern steels and the results in Hinoura-san's steel quality are superb.
We also offer knives from Tsukasa's son, Mutsumi Hinoura.