The Tadafusa Hocho Kobo range of household knives combines a contemporary look with the traditional hand forged knife making techniques of the company. It is a collaboration with iconic product designer, Fumie Shibata, and the range includes seven knives:
HK-1: Bread Slicer (For clean cuts through all types of bread)
HK-2: Santoku (All purpose kitchen knife)
HK-3: Petty (Smaller blade for paring and fine work)
HK-4: Gyuto (Large blade all purpose chef's knife)
HK-5: Deba (Single bevel with thick spine for fish)
HK-6: Ajikiri (Single bevel and small for detail work)
HK-7: Yanagiba (Single bevel for easy filleting of fish)
The HK blades combine SLD steel, which provides a sharp cutting edge, with a stainless steel coating for protection. The chestnut handle is heat treated in order to prevent shrinkage and to increase bacterial resistance.
Each knife is boxed individually. The price of a full set is 10% less than if the knives are bought individually, and an additional 12.5% off the order value will be issued as store credit for future orders.
Total saving: R4,605.
Sanjo in Niigata Prefecture is a well known hub in Japan of blacksmith factories and hardware manufacturing businesses. Its blacksmith tradition goes back to 1635.
The founder of Tadafusa - Torasaburo Sone - started Tadafusa in 1948 and, by using the techniques of the region, began making sickles, short swords, kitchen knives and hand-forged metal scales. Over time, Tadafusa became renowned for especially fishing knives, kitchen knives and soba knives.
Now in its third generation under the leadership of Tadayuki Sone, Tadafusa has introduced many contemporary elements to its knife ranges, including partnering with industrial designers like Fumie Shibata for the Hocho Kobo range and Yusuke Seki for its knife showroom. As a result, Tadafusa has won a number of Good-Design Awards and in the words of the company "have been continuing in taking great effort to create the hand-forged knives that customers really desire with the demands of the present age."
Tadafusa knives are ideal for serious home cooks as well as professional chefs and come in different blade types and wooden handle finishes. They have pioneered a process of carbonising wood handles to improve the antibacterial properties.