| Information and History about Master Hattori
Master Ichiro Hattori
On this page, we would like to introduce one long story ( but we hope it is interesting information to you) about Japan’s greatest craftsman Master Ichiro Hattori. We have been introducing and recommending his quality masterpieces at JCK and JKD for the decades、and his name and products are
getting very well known in the world market.
to say, he is very special for Seki knife industry, so he is often asked by
city and Seki Cutlery Association to make speech and lecture to tradition his
knife making technique and experience to the next young generation. However, he
seldom accepts the offers, because he is a real craftsman who rather wants to
devote his time to making knives than making speech. The other
day, however, I heard of the city event for Master Hattori’s knife lecture, so
I have participated this rare event. It was a good chance to learn more about
his knife making career and his affection and insistence to knives.
believe many of our customers would also like to know more about this special
craftsman, Master Hattori and you will enjoy reading this newsletter.
Hattori was born in the year 1939 and is now 76 years old. Although he has some
health problems, he is still active and working hard at his factory everyday
from early morning to Sunset time. He is now trying to spend more time for
teaching his knife skills and techniques to his young craftsmen.)
His father, Kazuichi
Hattori was running Kitchen knife factory, “Masahiro”, so he grew up with the
knife making environment, and learned many things about knife making naturally
from his childhoods, as the proverb says “you learn, without realising it, from
what is around you” After graduating the high school, he has
started to work at his father’s company “Masahiro” at age of 19.
In this generation, the stainless steel blades knives
are very common and popular. But at that time, “Stainless Steel knives” were
not yet developed and available, so most of the Kitchen knives were being made
of the Carbon Steel blades. The most popular knife was “Nakiri” which is
Japan’s traditional and original style for every home cooking use, before the
Santoku and western style Gyuto coming in.
Master Hattori's Lecture
At that time, Master Hattori was already
realizing the capability and potential of the Stainless steel blades for its remarkable
rust resistance and easy maintenance. He has spent tremendous time and energy
to research and develop high carbon Stainless steel materials suitable for
It was a big challenge for him at young age, since whole production methods were totally different from the carbon knives. Master Hattori was the craftsman who contributed to research and establish the suitable manufacturing process and heat-treatment process for the stainless steel blade knives. Unlike Carbon Steel blade kitchen knives (it does not require the difficult Tempering process), Heat-treatment process for Stainless steel blade kitchen knives was more difficult and still there was not proper method and suitable facility for making process of stainless steel knives available at the beginning. Therefore Master Hattori needed to research and made the best way of making stainless steel knives all by himself from the beginning. He spent so much time and money, sometimes expensive facilities got broken during his researching and trial and error too. According to Hattori’s information, I understand it was very hard challenges and time-consuming process he faced and needed to
But I also understand
these tough and difficult experience made him special craftsman and his
challenge spirits has been very active.
This is just one of Master Hattori’s achievement with the challenge
spirits. He was pioneer craftsman who has tried new steels such as Cowry-X
and making new things such as Stainless Damascus steel with many of trials
and errors. His efforts and pursuits have made it possible, and contributed
to today’s development of the knife industry.
Master Hattori has worked
hard and learned many new things at his father’s company Masahiro for 13 years,
and decided to open his own company, Hattori Hamono at age of 32. He has
refrained from making kitchen knives not to compete with Masahiro, so it was
another challenge for him to make Hunting knives. However, his knife making
talent has quickly led him to make fine hunting knives, and he has produced
many knives for Kershaw, Browning, Beretta, Tekna etc (O.E.M.). for export.
The quality of
Hattori knives have attracted overseas end users and collectors for their
quality and fit&finish. Hattori’s uncompromised, detailed and quality hand
works were perfect matching for those users. As the Hattori knives and name
were gradually recognized in the oversea market, he has started making his own
brand Hunting and Kitchen knives.
On his long speech, there
were so many important factors explaining his special approach and attention in
his knife making process. One of the very important steps he emphasized
was the blade adjustment to perfect alignment and straightness. Any warping
blade prevents to cut straight and affects to cutting performance, so you need
to pay attention when selecting and purchasing knives.
Hammering the blade for
straitening the blade. Now he is making the Hattori FH-15 Chinese Cleaver
The blade warping can happen
after the processes of heat treatment, grinding and hand waterwheel whetstone
sharpening, so Master Hattori does this hammering adjustments 3 times after
each process. This process requires the craftsman’s experienced skill and
Master Hattori is 76 years old
now. You will always see a sophisticated beauty and perfection on this knives.
These are the result of his long knife making experience and his ultimate
insistence to make the best knives.
Our Hattori FH Series knives are one of great example to show his combined
techniques of both kitchen knife and hunting knife production. The blade
is perfectly sharpened and finished for perfect cutting performance. Fine
blade comes with the hand contoured, handmade handle which makes perfect
grip and well balance, excellent fit&finish.
Hattori KD Series Cowry X Damascus Hunting Knife Collections
Hattori production is always limited. Hattori Hunting knives are getting
much rare and premium in the market too. Hattori Hunting knife collections
It became very long story,
but still there are many more of things about Master Hattori we would like to
introduce and explain next time.
We hope you will enjoy
Japan’s premium Craftsman Master Hattori’s quality knives.
Many thanks to Master Hattori
for his lecture, and thank you also for reading our newsletter and continued
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