JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUARE
Central Honshu - Chubu > Chubu Others
The forging of blades in Echizen dates back to the beginning of the Muromachi era (1392-1573) when a swordsmith from Kyoto arrived in the area in search of raw materials and met a local farmer who asked him to make some sickles. During the Edo era (1600-1868), blades made in Echizen received the patronage of the Fukui clan and were sold all over the country.
In 1980, Echizen became the first forged blade production center to be awarded the nationally recognized Traditional Craft Product accolade.
Echizen forged blades are fashioned using time-honored skills before being finished by hand. Items produced today include knives, scissors, hatchets and sickles.