The Seki-City, Gifu-Prefecture
is a small town located in the middle of Japan, and is famous worldwide for its
production of fine knives like Solingen in Germany.
The history (about 780 years) of Seki
cutlery industry dates back to the 13th century, when master swordsmith,
Motoshige moved from Kyushu district to Seki and began making his swords here.
He chose Seki for its rich natural as well as material conditions. Seki offered,
at the top of the list, good quality iron sand, charcoal and
During the Muromachi Era (1338-1573), which
began just a century later, there were over 300 swordsmiths working in Seki.
Kanemoto Magoroku and Saburo Shizu were two of the most famous. The superior
quality of Seki swords and the name of Seki were quickly recognized throughout
Japan and its solid reputation as a swordmaking center was
The techniques and skills and the ancient attitudes of
traditional Japanese swordmaking has been passed down across the centuries and
are still alive in today's modern cutlery industry. And Seki City remains a
vibrant center of Japanese cutlery manufacture.