The blacksmith’s work

Located in the department of Niigata, the towns of Tsubame and Sanjo are world famous for their cutlery and metalworking industry.

The craftsmen of Tsubame-Sanjo are the heirs of the blacksmiths who built the reputation of the region.

Tsubame-Sanjo today: the reference in Japanese crafts and steelwork.

The centre of Niigata department is an important metal processing and tool production area of national renown, with a strong activity in the manufacture of machinery and automotive parts. Tsubame has many stainless steel processing companies, and is the leading producer of steel tableware products. Of all the city's industries, 36.4% are manufacturing producers – over 10,000 employees – making Tsubame the municipality with the highest rate of manufacturing industry nationwide. (source : 2009 Economic Census)