In the previous article, we went on a tour of Kamikoto’s values of tradition, quality, and overall pride in their work. This time, we’re going to take a closer look at Kamikoto’s main attraction, which is, of course, the knife. Thinking about production and how a typical company would take the path that would make them the most money in the fastest time, you might be surprised at how Kamikoto produces the perfect knife. Believe it or not, each Kamikoto knife is handled individually and with an equal amount of precision and care so that every knife is flawless and serves as an example of the Kamikoto creed. How do they do it? Like I said, each knife is special, so a long and drawn out process is implied, but just how long? What if I told you that each and all Kamikoto knifes‘ made using a production process that takes a grand total of 19 steps? Don’t close this article just yet, because it’s true, all of it, 100 percent. What you are about to witness is a step by step journey of one knife’s existence, a journey that takes several years (yes, I said years) to complete, all to ensure that the customer receives one truly perfect knife. With that said, we needn’t waste any more time.
The 19 Step Process:
1. Ore is mined from Chiba and Ibaraki, Japan.
2. Coal is cooked and coked, creating carbon.
3. The furnaces form liquid steel.
4. Moulds, cooled by water, are made by apprentice knife smiths.
5. Molten steel is poured into the moulds.
6. The steel settles into the moulds after cooling for at least five days.
7. Honshu steel plates are removed from the moulds.
8. The steel plates are cut to a precise length.
9. Skilled hands weld bolsters onto the plates.
10. Intense heat is applied to the bolsters.
11. Handles and bolsters are bonded together by hand and finely polished.
12. Blades are grinded into the proper shape and then sharpened well.
13. The blades are polished
14. A finish is applied to protect the blade.
15. The first inspection is made by a master craftsman.
16. The second inspection is made by Kamikoto inspectors.
17. The knife is placed in an ash-wood box after the criteria for a Kamikoto knife has been met.
18. There is one final inspection made by Kamikoto’s master knife smiths.
19. The knife is then shipped out and on its way to the customer.
I bet you’re just as exhausted from reading that as I was writing it, but it was worth it. Every step, every measure, and every inspection listed is the true to life story of how a single Kamikoto knife is made. Precision, time, and probably a whole lot of sweat went in to making one knife perfect. If that’s not quality, quality doesn’t exist. No one does it like Kamikoto, because no one puts in the time like Kamikoto and that’s the bottom line.