The quality of the artisan hand-forged Damascus finish on this "Anmon" Usuba is simply the best we have ever seen, period. The 7th generation owner of Nigara Hamono, an art-enthusiast himself, designed this unique pattern in 2008 after being inspired by Andy Warhol's artwork as well as the Anmon Waterfalls adjacent to the city of Hirosaki, where Nigara was founded 350 years ago. The incredibly unique Damascus steel wraps around the spine and even extends to the backside of the knife (reaching the hazakai), adding aesthetic value to the beautiful grind and smooth tapering. This “Anmon” Usuba is quite an amazing knife.
- Origin (Made in): Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
- Brand: Nigara Hamono
- Craftsman: Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa (吉澤 剛)
- Knife Type: Kanto Usuba
- Construction: Awase (Kasumi)
- Grind: Single Bevel (Right-handed)
- Hagane (Core Steel): Aogami #2 (Blue #2)
- Jigane (Cladding): Carbon Steel
- Hardness: 64 HRC
- Hand-forged, hand-grinded, hand-sharpened
- Blade Finishes:
- Damascus ("Anmon" Pattern)
- Kurosome (Black Etched)
- Blade Length: 165mm (6.5")
- Blade Height (at heel): 42mm
- Spine Thickness
- Above heel: 3.8mm
- Middle: 3.0mm
- Shape: Hachikaku (Octagonal)
- Material: Wenge
- Kuchiwa: Buffalo Horn
- Length: 135mm
- Overall Length: 305mm
- Weight: 189g (6.67oz)
- Hand Chiseled Mark: In Japanese Kanji "Nigara" (二唐)
About Nigara Hamono 二唐刃物
With 350 years of history, starting from making swords for the Tsugaru clan in the early Edo period, Nigara Hamono has passed down know-how and skills for eight generations. Its 5th generation blacksmith Kunitoshi Nigara was a legendary sword maker, earning a long list of accolades, honorary titles and knighthood. The current (8th) generation blacksmith — Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa is supported by his father Toshiju Yoshizawa who has a keen interest in art and music. Nigara’s famous Anmon design is the result of Toshiju’s love for Andy Warhol’s artworks. The family business’ expansion into construction steelworks has given Nigara unmatched access to in-house know-how when it comes to advanced finishing. All these set Nigara apart as one of the most special knife makers in Japan.
Aogami #2 (Blue #2) steel is a premium Japanese high carbon steel for knife making. Despite some corrosion-resistant quality (for a carbon steel), it is not stainless, therefore you should wipe your knife dry after each use. Patina will develop over time. Rust may develop if left in prolonged contact with water or acidic food. Use a rust eraser to clean if rusts develop. Avoid cutting into bones, frozen foods, hard fruit pits.
Recommended cutting surface: wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethylene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.
We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives.