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THE RYOKAN COLLECTION

THE RYOKAN COLLECTION
Paper Knife crafted swordsmith

  • Paper Knife crafted swordsmith
  • Available from JPY 7,500
All one can ask of a good paper knife is that it be easy to use, comfortable to hold and appropriately sharp. But a premium paper knife is much more than that – it also has exemplary workmanship and prestige, which enhance the pleasure of using it.
Day after day, you open envelopes addressed to you. A fine paper knife makes this ordinary chore into a special experience. The sound of the paper at the moment the envelope is slit open. The pressure on your fingers as you hold the knife. Its balance; the mirror finish of its surface; the fine curve of its blade.
These sensations are similar to those you feel while using a luxury ballpoint or fountain pen – they can make you contemplate, “Who am I really?”
When forging a Japanese sword, the sword maker has to keep repeating the same actions – hammering, turning, pushing and pulling to work the bellows, polishing. The Japanese say that this is how aesthetic beauty accumulates in the sword.
You can feel some of the same accumulated aesthetic in a fine Japanese paper knife. The same care and attention to detail that goes into a Japanese katana sword goes into the knife, and the sensation of quality is unmistakable.
The Chugoku mountain range is a prosperous area that has produced iron and steel since time immemorial. The town of Bizen Osafune has been famous for centuries for the unsurpassed quality of its swords.
Nowadays, 90% of Japanese swords are produced in this area, and most of the nation’s sword smiths live and pursue their craft here.



Kazuki Kawashima
Sword maker Kazuki Kawashima won the prestigious New Sword Exhibition contest the first time he participated. He is a representative Osafune sword smith, and has been hailed as a young genius.
Nowadays, he makes swords at his studio deep in the lush countryside outside of Osafune.
Kawashima was born the eldest son of Masahide Kawashima, the 14th generation of a highly respected family of sword makers, in 1970.
As a child, he often watched as his father processed pieces of iron into shiny, razor-sharp steel swords. He was attracted and fascinated by the various steps of the process, and deeply impressed by his father’s skill and artistry.