Artifact Information

Artifact NameBanshu Hamono : Edged tools
History Banshu hamono (Banshu edged tools) has a long tradition, dating back to the manufacturing of daily use blades etc. in Ono City, Hyogo Prefecture (Banshu).
Banshu was a big grain producing region from 1300 years ago to 1200 years ago (the Nara period), producing rice used in offerings. The area was blessed with iron sand resources, and as a result, agricultural implements blacksmithing such as sickle and hoe took off.
Another factor was that, about 400 years ago-- about the time when Hideyoshi Toyotomi decided to attack Miki castle-- Hideyoshi commissioned many blacksmiths to make his weapons.
The area still produces a variety of edged tools according to customers' specifications, so it is the birthplace of many new designs.

The Traditional Craftsman Profile

Craftsman Name
Osami Mizuike
Introduction Born in 1945
Mr. Mizuike, a pincer-style scissors craftsman, has been relied on by craftsman Kiyotaka Ichihara, creator of the renowned sword “Tsurayuki” since several years ago and was taken on as the master’s disciple for keeping the tradition and technique alive.
Mr. Mizuike is part of a long lineage of craftsmen in Ono City.
*sewing scissors
・Suigetsu warped blade
*requires a high level of technique in manufacturing. Besides Mr. Mizuike, there are only a few qualified craftsmen.
・101 series ※ acrylic baked finish that rarely peels
・101 series uetomaki (rattan wrapped shaft)
*Mr. Mizuike has worked on all stages of its manufacturing.
・101 multi-layer steel uetomaki
※ bullion in an extra strength multi-layer form for a unique and beautiful finish.

The Traditional Craftsman Profile

Craftsman Name
Kazuo Taji
Introduction Leveraging the unique craftsmanship he inherited from his father, who was his trainer, he started making pincer-type scissors after graduating junior high school, including handmade and special scissors (for sweets, etc.).
• "Suigetsu" inscribed products
* The bullion-steel structure is prepared using a high number of hammer hits, so the real difference in terms of sharpness, edge retention and flexibility of the shaft can be clearly felt with continued use.

The Traditional Craftsman Profile

Craftsman Name
Yoshitaka Tanaka / Yasushi (Yasutugu)Tanaka
Introduction They are renowned craftsmen of the pruning shears and get the significant approval especially from professional craftsmen. The reason is the highly stiff blade that is tempered from the screw section throughout the entire knife. This is a very unusual manufacturing method that requires highly advanced technology to achieve the excellent wear resistance properties. These highly reliable scissors are designed to be resistant to distortion and it can withstand many years of heavy use.
• A-type ... the blade is quite sharp, making it easy to aim and see the cutting portion.
• B-type ... the blade is sturdy with slight thickness, intended for beginners or for foreigners.
* Registered trademark ""Suigetsu""
- `Mekiri' bud clippers (single-edged) ※a thin lightweight version pruning shears ※ fine blade designed for fine work
• One-handed pruning shears ※ Design allows pruning with one hand and it can work safely even in elevated locations.

The Traditional Craftsman Profile

Craftsman Name
Yoshikazu Tanaka
Introduction Mr. Yoshikazu Tanaka is the father of the Tanaka brothers, and his works are marked with the registered trademark "Onogi".

- Stainless steel pruning shears
- Left-type pruning shears

The Traditional Craftsman Profile

Craftsman Name
Shoji Inoue
Introduction Born in 1930, he continues and ensures the preservation of the Ikenobo method, which consists of compressing the classic shaft to create thickness. Because it is all handmade, it can be pressed into a variety of shapes.

The Traditional Craftsman Profile

Craftsman Name
Tadaaki Fujiwara
Introduction The registered trademark ""SugiMasa"" consists of Kanji (Chinese) characters used in the names of the grandfather and father, who were first-class craftsmen.
・ Twig pruning shears/ Satsuki shears *used for trimming bonsai, twigs etc.

The Traditional Craftsman Profile

Craftsman Name
Nagao Kanekoma Plant
Introduction • Higonokami
* Higonokami are folding utility knives, the prototype of which was created in Banshu during the Meiji period.


Banshu Woven

Banshu Woven Banshu Woven Banshu fabrics used to wrap edged tools are traditional weaves of Nishiwaki City in Hyogo Prefecture and have long been popular in Japan.
With their natural, soft texture and rich colors, they are now also being adopted by makers of top brands overseas.
The current material, made using scraps of woven Banshu, was realized through the cooperative efforts of Banshu locals.

*A few items don't come packaged with a cloth in a black paulownia box.

Location & Address

■ シーラカンス食堂: Coelacanth Shokudou
Coelacanth Shokudou.LLC is a company that produces and designs edged tools of the Banshu Hamono.

Postal code
527 Nishihonmachi Ono Hyogo
Business hours
10:00 - 19:00
Open / Close
Tue. - Sun. / Mon.