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Musashi Hamono new Japanese Cutlery brand Q&A

Musashi Hamono is a new Japanese Cutlery brand and they mainly focus on selling knives on their website: Mushashihamono.com as I was not aware of the Musashi Cutlery brand I had a few questions for Musashi which they have answered. You can read the small Q&A with Allen from the Musashi Team below.

Musashi provided me a review sample which I have fully tested, you can read the review here, or visit my Youtube Channel for the review video.

Musashi Hamono’s Goal

I like the direction and the vision of Mushashi Hamano. In the included letter for my review sample you have added the following:

”As there is fewer and fewer knife craftmanship who can make amazing knives in Japan, we want to revitalize the Japanese chef knife industry. That is one of the biggest reasons we start E-commerce. We want to help more and more people experience the charm of Japanese knives. ”

Musashi Team

I like the vision of Musashi by supporting Japanese craftsmanship. It seems like the Musashi brand came out of nowhere therefore I would like to ask the following questions. 

Did Mushashi had a physical store based in Japan before they started E-commerce?

No. Before, we were mainly doing B2B. But after the COVID-19 is over, we will open physical stores.

Musashi Hamono

Are some of the knives made by a well-known Japanese knife manufacturer or blacksmith but then rebranded to Musashi?

Kiritsuke Gyuto HAP40 from Musashi Hamono

Yes.

Musashi Hamono

If they are made by some well-known blacksmiths or manufacturers is it possible to name a few or is this a secret? 

In October, we will release some information about craftsmen, including those who made HAP40. After the COVID-19 in Japan slows down, we will conduct field interviews (will continue to increase in the future).

But we will not deliberately disclose some famous craftsmen or manufacturers. We want customers to pay attention to the brand of Musashi and the knife itself and hope that they can recognize our vision instead of making knives good because the craftsmen or manufacturers are famous.

Because famous craftsmen or manufacturers alone cannot slow down the decline of the Japanese kitchen knife industry. We are more inclined to develop craftsmen who are capable but have not yet been well-known overseas.

In the future, we plan to donate part of the sales to support some young craftsmen who are still practicing (it is estimated to be possible next year).

Musashi Hamono

Are you planning to categorize the knives per prefecture? 

You can find the corresponding category on our online menu >MATERIAL>ORIGIN

Knives in other regions will be added in the future.

We plan to add knives in the following prefectures: 

Fukui→Niigata→Kyoto

Musashi Hamono

Do you plan to add more information like the Rockwell hardness, Spine thickness, Weight, etc? 

Relevant information is now being added. It should be possible to complete the weight and Spine thickness of all knives before the end of October.

Musashi Hamono

Do you plan to add more specialized Japanese knives?

We already have some, but not many types. (Special knives)

Musashi Hamono

Usuba Kanto Style

”Unfortunately, the Kanto Styled Usuba which looks like a single bevel Nakiri is not popular and the Kansai Style is taking over which is a shame”

ChefPanko

Usuba(Kanto) Blue Steel #2 Polished Buffalo Magnolia Handle 180mm

Musashi Hamono

Usuba Kansai Style

”Single bevel Santoku but with a straight profile like the Kanto Style Usuba but then with a tip at the front”

ChefPanko

Kama Usuba (Kansai)

Kama Usuba (Kansai) Blue steel #2 Polished Buffalo Magnolia Handle 180mm

Musashi Hamono

Ryodeba

”Would love to see a Ryodeba a double ground Deba”

ChefPanko

RYODEBA

We have the Kurouchi series RYODEBA.

Musashi Hamono

Hamokiri

”Not popular in the west since it is a specialized eel knife”

ChefPanko

We know the craftsmen who can make it. But because the quantity is scarce and too expensive, it has not been launched yet.

Musashi Hamono

Sushikiri

”This knife is dying out”

ChefPanko

Sushikiri White steel

Sushikiri White steel #2 Polished Buffalo Magnolia Handle 240mm
We have most of what you said and will increase in the future.

Musashi Hamono

That’s it for this small Q&A and thank you Allen from Mushashi Hamono for answering my questions. I hope that this small Q&A answered some of the questions about Musashi Hamono as a new Japanese Cutlery brand.

Musashi Hamono

Website:
Mushashihamono.com

Address:
武蔵刃物/MUSASHI 
〒110-0003 Tokyo Taitoku Negishi 3-1-1

If you have any other questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below or contact Musashi Hamono for more information.

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