For the first time in 1543 (16e year of Tenbun era), the Portuguese imported shotguns and tobacco to Osaka. Then began the manufacturing of fine razor blades to cut pipe-tobacco into small pieces. The best blacksmith, as recognized by Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry, resides in this Sakai town (Osaka), filled with history.
This luxury knife is one-off piece of craft, resulting from ancestral Japanese techniques, fully hand-made with the most noble materials, tin which is normally used for the Shinto ritual, and wood from Palisander branches normally used in manufacturing buddhist goods. The steel is 16 times folded, which gives him an exceptional hardness.
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