By Hiroshi Takeuchi
The venture was started by a personal problem. I started working in South East Asia from 2003. During my time in Vietnam, I saw everything was copy, trick with too much decorations. I tried to accommodate that situation. In the end I felt myself become deprived in such atmosphere same as things around me.
In my hometown, I visited local factory event (kouba-fes.jp). I witnessed old blacksmiths making metal tools. It generated noble aura. The works can’t be compared to other commercial products. That precious experience changed my life deeply.
My hometown is a blacksmith village, named Sanjo. It was from 400 years ago. Today craftsmanship still remained there. I decided to introduce their works into Vietnam.
Traditional tools gained their value by aging with proper maintenance. The blade is alive by sharpening. Without sharpening, it’s dysfunctional. I want longevity for our products.
I learned sharpening and fundamentals of metalworks in Sanjo.
I offer master craftsmanship in Vietnam. Our life will enrich with authentic means.
Started selling knives in the weekend market, cafe in Ho Chi Minh city, Hanoi, Da Nang and home in Ho Chi Minh city
Started sharpening knives service and lessons. Opened shop in Ho Chi Minh city
Started Airbnb experiences
Closed shop in Vietnam due to COVID-19
Resume service in Vietnam