Japanese kitchenware - knife
Some of you might know that Japan is rather famous for its high quality handmade kitchen knives whose skill originated in Japanese swords (Katana) making. This traditional craft started about 1000 years ago. However, it was not so much required during the Edo Period (1603-1868) and then the feudal era came to an end in 1868. Then after the second World War, the US general who occupied Japan after the war banned sword making. So, the craftsmen who was forging Katanas changed to forge kitchen knives.
In recent years, many foreign tourists come to Japan and buy a kitchen knife as they know of the high quality Japanese knives. Japanese kitchen knife's characteristic lies in the blades that are single beveled. This means they have a single cutting edge. Normally they are produced for the right-handed people, so if you are left-handed, you need to specially ask.
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