Timeless Objects of Ancient Provenance.
Seeking the exceptional in the everyday;
Hinoki craft highly-refined kitchen instruments that fit seamlessly into hands and hearts.
We find purpose in the belief that well designed products inspire the mind, stimulate the senses and ultimately enhance the way we live.
A TALE OF TWO CITIES AND TWO FAMILIES.
Each Hinoki Knife goes through over 100 individual production steps at our family run workshops in Sakai, Osaka and Seki, Gifu — both cities renowned internationally for their knifemaking prowess with their roots in the art of Japanese metalsmithing directly dating back to the time of the samurai and their armaments. A time whose technique and devotion we still draw on today and imbue into every blade.
THE STORY OF HINOKIひのきの物語
Legendary swordsmith Naoe Kanetsugu begins smithing in what was then Mino province, now modern-day Seki, Gifu Prefecture.
LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS
Our partner workshop responsible for the production of Hinoki’s signature S1 Gyuto is established in Sakai, specialising in producing only the finest handmade ‘hamono’.
THE MASTERS DESCENDANT
Naoe Kanetsugu’s descendant — and grandfather of Hinoki’s own President Kawamura — Matsujiro-san, founds the family cutlery company in Seki that in 2020 will begin crafting our new Essentials line.
A QUEST BEGINS
President Kawamura has the idea for a specific convex angle that would provide incredibly long lasting sharpness and begins obsessively prototyping.
A DREAM REALISED
After years of toil, President Kawamura completes development of his signature convex blade with the goal of sharing this around the world.
600 YEARS IN THE MAKING
Hailing from Hinoki’s workshop in Sakai, our flagship product, the S1 Gyuto Chef’s Knife is released drawing on centuries of lineage in bladesmithing distilled into the ultimate blade for modern living.
‘An expert craftsman never skips a step, every step of our production process is meticulously calibrated’ President Kawamura