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Michihamono

Michihamono offers a wide range of carving tools from professional use to those appropriate for beginners. They make carving knives and other hand tools that can be used in a wide variety of uses, from the carving of Buddhist sculptures and masks used in Noh drama to Kamakura lacquerware, woodblock printing, seal-engraving, and eraser-stamps.

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Originally a subcontracted manufacturer of sickles used for rice harvesting and weeding, they transformed themselves into a maker of carving knives to keep up with the times. In 1977, Michihamono Industrial Co., Ltd. started manufacturing carving knives and began manufacturing carving knives made of High Speed Steel in 1982. Two years later, they also manufacture and sell carving knives for woodblock printing. 

Professional craftsmen from Michihamono Industrial Co., Ltd. produces each one of the carving tools by hand. Creating sharp blades that are perfectly suited to the customers' needs and providing users with handcrafted carving tools that have a human touch. By paying utmost care to sharpness, which gives the blade its life, Michihamono produces each knife. The joy and exhilaration each user feels when they first cut into the wood with one of their carving knives are the company's greatest joy.

Michihamono also hosts educational workshops to increase the population of carvers engaged in wood carving and woodblock carving In addition to spreading the joys of wood carving to as many people as possible, these educational workshops helps customers and the company to have better communication and listening to the opinions of customers directly.

Historical background (why Miki City prospered as metal-working locale) In ancient times, Korean blacksmithing skills were combined with the traditional blacksmithing techniques of Japan’s Banshu region, resulting in major technological advances. After the Siege of Miki in the late 16th century, the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi implemented various measures for the reconstruction of the damaged city. These measures resulted in the revitalization of commerce and industry, and created the foundation for the local metalworking industry that is still thriving today.

Originally, our company manufactured sickles for rice harvesting on consignment, and since the company was founded in 1979, we have continued to take on challenges such as manufacturing sculptures, providing sickle technology to China, and developing art teaching materials for schools. 

Under such circumstances, we feel that we are required to make major changes in new aspects as the times change. The first is coexistence with the globalized international community. As a matter of course, the inheritance of the special technology of cutlery in Miki, which is a local industry, has become an inseparable close relationship with overseas pipes, and the specialized product power and proposal power required by customers.