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by TAKEFU Knife Village

Exceptional quality for a lifetime of kitchen use

In 1987, the Culeus series won the Designers Choice award at the Magazine of Industirial Design (ID).

"You can keep sharpening the edge and no matter how small the blade gets you can keep using it."

700 years of tradition in every high-quality, hand-forged blade

Cutting no corners

Each knife is hand-forged by a master craftsman from a single piece of stainless steel, and is exceptionally sharp and easy to use.

Mark of distinction

Specializing in the creation of high-quality, traditional Japanese blades, in 1980, Echizen (in Fukui Prefecture) was the first production center for forged blades to be awarded the nationally recognized Traditional Craft Product accolade. Blades have been hand forged here since the Muromachi period (1392~1573).

Kazuo Kawasaki

Though there is a healthy market for traditionally forged knives in Japan, the forward-thinking people at Takefu Knife Village secured the talents of internationally famed industrial designer Kazuo Kawasaki to design new blade products. Takefu products appear in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and the Montreal Museum.

Brief history

Legend has it that Echizen Uchihamono (forged blades) originated in 1337, when a Kyoto sword-smith named Chiyozuru Kuniyasu set out for Fuchu (today Takefu) and began making sickles for local farmers on the side. As rustic forging was already well underway in the area, it’s likely that local forgers got advice on ways to improve their techniques from this famous craftsman. During the Edo period (1603-1867), a Guild system was formed under a protective policy enacted by the Lord of Fukui. Sales routes were established throughout the country by Urushi-Kaki (men who collect tree sap to make lacquer) as they travelled nationwide in search of the raw material. Their efforts led to Echizen sickles becoming popular in every region of Japan.

In the words of a forging master

"The distinctive feature of Echizen forged blades is their strong, sharp cutting edge, which is the product of various different techniques, all of them done by hand. Most of craftsmen start young and work long, hard years to get to where they are. They are people who have cultivated their craft. One doesn't acquire that skill in a day. Just getting to the first stage takes at a minimum of ten years. It's more than just technique. There's the question of spirit. That is, do you have the tenacity to make things, the passion? At the same time, you have to have precision. If you have both of these at the start you can make good pieces. That's why Echizen forged blades are lifetime objects; you can keep sharpening the edge and no matter how small the blade gets you can keep using it."

Product Details

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Specifications

Culeus16
  • Type: Chef's Knife (Utility)
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Length: Blade length 16cm (6.3"); Knife length 29.5cm (11.6")
  • Weight: 170g (6 oz)
Culeus13
  • Type: Santoku knife (Utility)
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Length: Blade length 13cm (5.1"); Knife length 24cm (9.5")
  • Weight: 110g (3.9 oz)
Culeus12P
  • Type: Paring knife (Utility)
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Length: Blade length 12cm (4.7"); Knife length 23cm (9")
  • Weight: 70g (2.5 oz)

Caution: Do not use to cut bones or frozen products.

备注 Please do not cut iced foods or hard bones.

All the products handling in ALEXCIOUS are the genuine products from the original makers.

Customer Reviews

  • Must-Have Kitchen Knife!

    By TN
    Age: 30s
    Cuts super clean! I tried cutting a paper watching the video on the product page, and it was just as the guy said! I cut the paper only with one hand. Very comfortable. I'm excited to cut tomatoes or boiled eggs or something I had difficulty in cutting every time!

Kitchen Knives (Culeus)

Takefu Knife Village

¥ 7,080 - ¥ 13,040
转换为其他货币 $ 63.64 USD

邮费

¥ 2,180
Gift wrapping available

Contact us

  • +81-3-5781-8975(Weekday, 10:00 - 18:00)
  • Inquiry Form(We'll reply within 24 hours)
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Guide for Ordering Procedures

Order Procedures

  1. 1
    Placing an Order

    Orders can be made anytime.

  2. 2
    Confirmation Mail

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  3. 3
    Approximate Shipping Date Mail

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  4. 4
    Shipment Confirmation Mail

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  5. 5
    Arrival of the Product

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Delivery and Wrapping

Shipping Method Delivery within Japan: Sagawa Express, Delivery Overseas: Express Mail Service (EMS) via the Japan Post Service
邮费
Japan:
¥ 600
Overseas:
Estimated Delivery Date
Japan:
Domestic delivery usually takes 1-3 days after the order is shipped.
Overseas:
For international delivery, delivery time can be estimated based on that of EMS (International Express Mail Service) once the order is shipped.Check the delivery time here.
Ship from Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Track
Japan:
Sagawa Express Tracking Info Site
Overseas:
EMS Tracking Info Site
Insurance Included
Wrapping Message card (+ 50JPY / texts can be personalized) and gift wrapping (+ 450JPY) options are available. (Gift wrapping materials may be different from the image due to the size or shape of the product.)

Payment Method

(1) Credit card (no handling fees)
  • VISA
  • Master Card
  • JCB
  • American Express
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(2) ATM (no handling fees)
(3) Convenience stores (no handling fees)
  • 7-Eleven
  • LAWSON
  • FamilyMart
  • MINISTOP
  • Circle K Sunkus
  • Sunkus
  • Daily Yamazaki
(4) Online banking (no handling fees)
(5) PayPal (no handling fees)
PayPal
(6) Cash-on-delivery (COD)

(For domestic shipping and wristwatch purchases only)
For those who would like to pay via cash-on-delivery (COD), please select the ATM option. Then, please specify the COD option and the desired date of delivery (excluding weekends, the date can be no sooner than 4 days after the order) on the information form below. Cash-on-delivery Option/ Service Fees

Less than JPY 10,000
JPY 300
JPY 10,000 or above ~ less than JPY 30,000
JPY 400
JPY 30,000 or above ~ less than JPY 100,000
JPY 600
JPY 100,000 or above ~ less than JPY 300,000
JPY 1000
Customers outside Japan
(5) PayPal (no handling fees)
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