Kitchen knife is called "Hou-cho" in Japanese. The word originates from China and means "a sword of Houtei". "Houtei" is the name of the legendary Chinese cook existed more than 2000 years ago according to the old Chinese Taoist book "Zhuangzi".
There is a legend that "Houtei" skillfully handles the knife and killed thousands of cattle without breaking or pricking the blade, and even without sharpening for decades.
Regarding "Houtei", his name had somehow passed for thousands of years and away from China to Japan. But the interesting thing is, the word "Houtei" or "Hou-cho" is not used in present China, which are now only used in Japanese language.
Since the Stone Age, whether stone, steel or ceramic, knives have been indispensable tools for humans.
The oldest kitchen knives found in Japan are from the Nara period (718-784 AD), which is now stored and kept in "Shosoin", the treasure house belongs to Todaiji Temple in Nara Prefecture.
They look like primitive Japanese swords. That type of knives were used until the early 17th century, and then improved to modern type after that. Japanese knives like "Deva" "Yanagiba" and "Nakiri" are the creations of this modern age.
In the middle of the 17th century, as soon as Japanese government lifted the foreign policy of blocking the country, various goods and culture began to arrive in Japan. Western cook knives were worn in this period and spread quickly and accepted by the Japanese.
In modern times, around the middle of 1900, the Japanese took advantage of Western knife cook and traditional Japanese knife, and the innovative knife "Santoku". Santoku is now recognized all over the world.
Today Japanese kitchen knives are known as high quality, and also skillful technique behind that is well recognized. As a matter of fact, some Japanese knife makers are producing the most iconic models of the other well-known knife makers abroad.
Currently Fujitora Industria is putting a lot of effort into exporting, and our quality, sharpness and sophisticated design are highly recognized by many users worldwide.
What we have been pursuing since our foundation is "sharpness."
We believe that advanced technology is not the only factor to produce excellent products. Estimating the traditional technique, relentless effort of the highest standards, various consultations with suppliers of materials, millions of tests and failures - all these are the factors of our manufacturing spirit.
Our original patented DP (Goodwill Prevention) method, Good Design Award recognizes many of our products by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan, for example, are the results of our enthusiasm.
We now have more than 800 items, and our number of sales is the top level among knife makers in Niigata prefecture, and also among the top 5 in the country.
It is our pleasure to introduce our products to the market all over the world. Please take a look, and enjoy the world of Tojiro Japan.