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Object of Desire: Japanese Folding Knife from Banshu Hamono

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Object of Desire: Japanese Folding Knife from Banshu Hamono

October 1, 2018

Interior designers (and self-proclaimed Japanophiles) Roman and Williams got their start in Hollywood, and still bring a set designer’s critical eye to every product they choose for both their online shop and their downtown Manhattan Guild emporium and restaurant.

We’re currently craving a hand-forged folding Japanese gardening knife they came across on their travels in the Banshu region in the Hyogo prefecture of Japan:

 &#8\2\20;Handcrafted with great care, incorporating sword making techniques to ensure its longevity and sharpness,&#8\2\2\1; a Banshu Hamono Japanese Folding Knife has a high carbon “ao-hagane” blue steel blade and is available in several sizes.
Above: “Handcrafted with great care, incorporating sword making techniques to ensure its longevity and sharpness,” a Banshu Hamono Japanese Folding Knife has a high carbon “ao-hagane” blue steel blade and is available in several sizes.

In the garden, use the folding knife to prune, trim, and cut back perennials and small shrubs.

Available in four sizes (which include small, large, and extra large), a Japanese Folding Knife is from \$78 to \$550 depending on size at RW Guild.
Above: Available in four sizes (which include small, large, and extra large), a Japanese Folding Knife is from $78 to $550 depending on size at RW Guild.

The knife’s design “has remained unchanged since the Meiji period (1868-1912),” say Roman and Williams.

For UK readers, a Banshu Hamono Japanese Folding Knife is available in the large size; £55.
Above: For UK readers, a Banshu Hamono Japanese Folding Knife is available in the large size; £55.

Upgrading your garden tools (or looking for tips on how to clean, sharpen, and maintain your collection in the off-season)? Read more:

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