Historic city where nature and tradition breathe
Echizen is surrounded by mountains of 400 to 700 meters in size and receives the blessings of the Hinokawa and other clear streams, the scenery of old-fashioned rich natural environment and beautiful village satoyama remains.Echizen-shi, the author of "Genji Monogatari", the land where Murasaki Shikibu once lived away from the capital in his lifetime. In the Nara period, Kokufu of the country of Yue was placed, after that, in a long history, it built a variety of cultures and became the cornerstone of Echizen's center. Echizen Japanese paper boasting a history of 1,500 years, Echizen striking blade that inherits the history of 700 years, Echizen Tansu handed down from the late Edo period are designated as traditional craftworks, and manufacturing has been long since the past. Today, it is developing as an industrial city where companies such as electronic parts, semiconductors, high-tech industries and automobile-related companies are located. In addition, it is ranked among the top cities of living goods nationwide.
About Echizen Uchihamono
The history of Echizen Uchihamono seemed to start in 1337. A swordsmith in Kyoto, Chiyotsuru Kuniyasu came to Fuchu (Echizen city, Fukui prefecture) and taught how to make sickles for farmers in the neighborhood. This is the beginning of the history.
Under the industry protection policy of the Fukui clan in the Edo era, they sold knives nationwide. Today, while preserving traditional Japanese metal processing techniques, sickles, scissors and hand knives became main products. In 1974, they were designated as the first traditional crafts in a knife manufacture.
Blades made by traditional methods
To stretch the blades thinly, swordsmiths punch them with a belt hammer by piling the same ones. The thickness of blade doubles by stacking them, and compression force works well when striking it. Furthermore, they keep the temperature high for a while and the product quality is maintained.
Kitchen Knives are sharpened by craftsmen.
This photo shows how craftsmen sharpen blades. Kitchen knives are sharpened one by one carefully.