The blacksmith’s work
The craftsmen of Tsubame-Sanjo are the heirs of the blacksmiths who built the reputation of the region.
The story of Tsubame and Sanjo's metal objects:
the survival of an empire
In 1661, new tools such as the saw or the sickle appeared in the Aizu region, and the blacksmiths of Sanjo gained in reputation. The diversification of tools produced during the second half of the 18th century saw hardware merchants going beyond the borders of their simple townships and peddling metal tools in ever more remote regions, reinforcing the bond between blacksmiths and tool merchants. At the end of the 19th century, at the request of merchants, the production of nails gave way to that of sickles, choshi (traditional teapot), small swords, kitchen knives and saws, which then constituted the bulk of production.
Since then, the applications of Tsubame-Sanjo's metallurgical techniques have diversified, and the region now counts many producers making all kinds metal objects of the highest quality. Tsubame-Sanjo kitchen knives are particularly renowned, notably in France, where some great French chefs admit to prefer Tsubame-Sanjo knives, for their precision and for the quality of their steel.