HOKIYAMA CUTLERY Co., Ltd. / Tosa HamonoMetalwork
TOSA cutlery has over 500 years of history as a traditional industry originated from SAMURAI sword making. Representative products are kitchen knives and various cutting tools used at forestry, agricultural & horticultural field. The products are forged & properly heat-treated by skillful craftsman and their quality has been verified by professional users at work. For its reputation, “TOSA Cutlery” was approved as a official local brand by the Japanese patent office in 2007.
Hokiyama Cutlery was founded in 1919 and is located in the center of Kôchi prefecture, Shikoku Island, Japan. The prefecture was called TOSA province until Edo period. Based on traditional knife-making techniques, we’ve developed and improved our core technology “Roll-Forging” and accumulated various processing know-hows since 70’s. In the middle of 80’s, a revolutionary breakthrough in ceramic technology presented Hokiyama with the opportunity to begin manufacturing ceramic blade knives. Now the ceramic knife market grows worldwide.
In the late 90’s, we succeeded to create original multi-layered Damascus steel plate by the combination of mechanical rolling method & traditional hand forging. The original Damask material sheet and application Damask knives had been exhibited at the Koln Messe Germany in 2001. In that time, we have worked relentlessly to optimize sharpening, robot grinding and keep on challenging new materials for blade & grip.
With over 9 decades of history, we are proud to present the series of “Made in Japan” products including the latest “SAKON RYUGA” powder steel knives and brand new innovative kitchen knives called “SAKON+” for next milestone.