Nigara Rainbow Aogami sujihiki 255mm EN
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Nigara Rainbow Aogami sujihiki 255mm is the Japanese version of a filleting or slicing knife. This masterpiece is a collaboration between Yoshizawa-san of Nigara Hamono and Naohito Myojin, a master knife sharpener from Susaki City, Kochi Prefecture
History and curiosity
There is something that sets Nigara Hamono apart from other knife-making families in Japan. We could first point out that it is 350 years of history, starting with the making of swords for the Tsugaru clan at the beginning of the Edo period. The passing down of know-how and skills over eight generations has undoubtedly given Nigara knives their cultural DNA, but the long history is not unique to Nigara.
It could be said that having a legendary fifth-generation blacksmith – Japan’s national treasure Mr. Kunitoshi Nigara (二唐國俊) – gives the family brand an elevated status. The best way to understand why Nigara stands out in the eyes of the current (8th) generation blacksmith – Mr. Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa (吉澤剛). As he stands in the family business workshop, with his younger brother and two young artisans, feeling inspired to create the most remarkable knives in the world.
The Nigara family has expanded since the days of swordsmithing – into construction steelworks, steel beam technologies, as well as restorations of historic metal structures. In a word, Nigara is the steel guru.
Nigara Hamono has many ranges of very identifiable knives. From the swirling pattern of the Anmon Kurozome to the highly sought after Troll Killers.
If you cherish the signature Anmon Kurozome Damascus pattern of Nigara’s flagship line but yearn for a touch with more style, then the Rainbow Damascus line with Aogami #2 steel might just be your heart’s desire. Expect the familiar pattern but with added vibrancy from the brass and copper embedded in the coating.
Designed entirely by hand, the handle is made of turquoise stone, spalted poplar spacers and buffalo horn ferrule and bottom cap.
Brand: Nigara Hamono
Blacksmith: Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa
Series: Rainbow Damascus
Steel: Aogami #2
Hardness: 63 HRC
Type: Sujihiki 255mm
Blade length: 24.4 cm
Heel height: 3.86 cm
Heel thickness: 2.7 mm
Thickness at the tip: 0.4 mm
Weight: 185 gr