Tosa cutlery crafting is found in Kochi prefecture and has been passed down from the beginning of the Edo period. Making use of these traditional techniques, about 20 year ago, a bladesmith named Satoshi Yamashita took arequest from his children to make a knife that wasn’t pointed so that they could use it themselves to sharpen their pencils. This was how the sperm whale-shaped knife came to fruition. There are now six other whale varieties available, and they are popular as gifts.
[Producer’s Remarks]Over two years ago is when I learned about this product and I have taken it on exhibition overseas many times. And, every time I do, I am amazed at how popular all of the models are. Each of the six whale motifs are whales that actually visit the seas off the Tosa shore. I believe the balance of superior skill with the freedom of expression is very important to craftsmanship. (Toshiki Kiriyama)