BANSHU: Exceptional cutting intstruments since 1744

Since the Edo era (1603-1868) the blacksmith and hardware industry known as Banshu (in the Hyogo prefecture of Japan) started long ago as a Katana (sword) manufacturers. Each sword carefully handmade which have stood the tests of time and are still remain an exceptional instrument. anshu Hamono was originally a family business coming from this region and history of craftsmen. What began as an industry producing swords, they began to produce knives for the kitchen and have since expanded to now manufactures a variety of products including utility knives, traditional Japanese razors, Japanese gripping shears used for cutting thread, pruning shears, floral shears, and various gardening tools.

Each individual piece is painstakingly hand-made by skilled craftsmen using the same techniques that have been employed for generations. For about 250 years, various new designs have been created to meet the needs of customers.

The craftsmen themselves have even responded to requests to re-sharpen the blades that they have manufactured. It's through this relationship that the blades may be used for a lifetime. Please see for yourself the blades that have been made by our craftsmen each with care and a commitment to perfection.

One artisan specializes on one model and would not be able to make another model, therefore the craftsman individual capabilities are very precious

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