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takeo murata knife

Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:10 pm

i want to buy a murata knife but want to know whether murata actually makes the knives himself or whether they are made by people working for him.
also why are they sold under the brand name buho?

any info would be appreciated

thanks

Re: takeo murata knife

Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:49 pm

Blacksmiths usually only do part of the work on the knives. They handle the forging and hammering. The rest of the process is done by others but this depends on the size of the shop. Very few knife makers in Japan work alone. It's not efficient. Most blacksmiths sell their knives to multiple small distributors under various names with some notable exceptions like Moritaka and Takeda. I'm hoping to visit this smith next year and I'll know way more about his process when I do this.
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