Authentic Japanese Knifemaking Tradition
Hand forged chef's knives in perfection
Our blacksmiths have the entire manufacturing process under their control. This process starts with the selection of the knife steel and ends with a finished knife (in between the forging of several materials, appropriate heat treatment, shaping of the steel, grinding, embedding of the blade in the handle, etc.). Each step has been perfected over many decades and is done by hand. Accordingly, in each of our Japanese knives there are not only many hours of work, but also the knowledge and experience built up over generations. The resulting knives are therefore perfectly balanced and matched to their intended use.
Original Japanese chef's knives from family-run artisan workshops
These aspects also result in the higher price compared to conventional European knives. Despite the perfection of craftsmanship, a Japanese knife is always unique and cannot be replicated in detail. Nevertheless, the Japanese knives of different blacksmiths differ significantly, since they have developed a variety of different techniques, which have been further developed and perfected there locally for generations.
Silverback Knives offers a cross-section of the Japanese knifemaking tradition
The goal of our store is to offer an interesting cross-section of the Japanese cutlery tradition. Our knives do not come from mass production, but for the most part from family-run artisan businesses that have existed for generations. The individual forges have been selected by us because we are convinced of the product quality of these forges. It is important to us that tradition and today's demands are not mutually exclusive, but go hand in hand. The output of our forges is limited because most of the production is sold directly in Japan and only a certain number of knives can be produced with the available working time of the blacksmith. Our good fortune is that we have access to the exclusive products of these small craftsmen and can make them available in Europe accordingly. The Japanese knifemaker goes through years of training. It often takes more than 10 years until each step is perfected. The smiths are often specialized in the production of certain types of knives and certain steels. They then master this limited field to perfection.