Cutlery – KyoHamono(Riki-Kogu)


Skilled smiths moved from Nara to the new Heian capital in 794, marking the start of metalsmithing in Kyoto. With ready access to good soil from Fushimi, Narutaki whetstones, Tamba charcoal, Sanin iron sand and clean water, Kyoto soon became a leading center for meta lsmithing and cutting tools. As Kyoto was also home to numerous crafts, cooking, and flower arranging traditions, cutting tools were developed for specialized applications. Kyoto metal smiths today still have the skills to meet the special needs of professionals in a variety of fields.