MOTW Shop: Testu Yamashita Whale Knives

Mar 17, 2014

At Man of the World, we champion the efforts of talented craftsmen. Tetsu Yamashita is one of those skilled artisans. A sickle maker by trade, he was asked to design a playful blade that children could use to sharpen their pencils. The result of his creative efforts were blades crafted from hardy Japanese steel that emulated the curves and design fluidity of Sperm and Finback whales.

The whale knives were an instant hit, and in 2002, Mr. Yamashita became a Traditional Craftsman certified by the Japanese government. To this day, these blades are still handmade by a small Japanese company called Tosa.

A little suggestion, in addition to using these knives to sharpen your writing utensils, they are also wonderful for opening letters and and slicing through citrus when making your favorite cocktails.

Find these knives, and their handsome leather holders in the Man of the World Shop.

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