Seizo Imai Creating handmade replicas with his detailed and sensitive touch
5/22/13 Up! SI-1310 Stag handled 4-inch Damascus Drop Point Hunter is back along with
the Quince Burl Wood handle version
* We are receiving many thanks letters from the folks who bought these
replica models. Everyone says the detailed quality (fitting and finish) is
outstanding and far exceeding of their expectations. This will
be a fine collector's item.
* Here are some:
Hello, just recieved my beautiful new folding knife made by Mr Imai.
Please tell Mr Imai thank you, this knife is a top quality piece
of art. Trust me I know a well made knife . I am a custom knife maker myself
and a knife collector. Also I wish to thank you for having great quality knife
makers on your web site. I look foward to see what new knives you
feature in the future. Again a pleasure doing business with Mr Imai and
Joseph E Carr.
Hi, I received my Seizo Imai Remington Bullet SI310 knife with ivory handle
a few days ago. I love it. It is a really beautiful knife. I am a knife collector and have quite a few knives which I really like,
however this knife will be one of my favourites.
Thanks for selling me such a beautiful knife.
Mr. Imai at work
Mr. Seizo Imai was involved with knife making at age of 17 when he joined
his father-in-low's knife factory in Seki. After he took over the factory
at 27, Mr. Imai and I have worked with Parker Cutlery in Chattanooga, TN
to build a new factory in Seki, and have produced high quality Pocket knives
under the brandname of "Parker-Imai" for about 20 years.
With reputation of the quality knives
at reasonable prices, the factory has expanded to finally 50 workers. This
was a good success, but with increasing production and employees, Mr. Imai
started worrying about the quality control.
He has then decided to close the factory and became an oneman custom knifemaker
at the age of 47, and is turning out the detailed quality handmade
knives with his sensitive personal touh for 16 years now.
Unlike other custom knifemakers, Mr. Imai does not attend any shows to
sell his knives. He makes what he wants to make and sells to whom he likes.
He does not chase trends, and stick to the traditional and old fashioned
models and replicas.