Secrets of Aritsugu in One BookArt of Long-Established Knife Maker Published10 September 2016 - Tradition/Culture
The techniques and maintenance methods of "Aritsugu," a long-established knife maker in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, have been summarized in Japanese and English and published as a book titled "Aritsugu: An Inside Look at Kyoto's Renowned Artisanal Knife Maker since 1560" by SHOGAKUKAN Inc.
The craft method that has been passed down in Aritsugu is a traditional one, in which steel is forged in accordance with a pattern sample. Although it is not suitable for mass production, its advantage is in its ability to meet various requests. The readers can glimpse a portion of the art that Aritsugu takes pride in, which is popular even among foreigners.
The book includes a trial simulation for purchasing knives, characteristics and methods of use of five typical types of knives, such as "Santoku," "Deba," and others, so it is likely to be a useful reference when buying a knife for the first time. It costs 1,620 yen.
Photo= The published book, " Aritsugu: An Inside Look at Kyoto's Renowned Artisanal Knife Maker since 1560."(translated by Galileo, Inc.)