Gesshin Hokubo 210mm Kurouchi Katsuo Bocho with 6-sided Kanshitsu Lacquer ware Handle
The Gesshin Hokubo knives represent some of the best of Tosa Uchihamono. These knives are blue #2 steel clad with soft iron. The concept behind the Gesshin Hokubo knives is to showcase some of the finest Tosa Uchihamono works with artistic flair in a collaboration work between Tosa blacksmiths and very talented qualified lacquer ware craftsmen from various places across Japan. Each piece has been custom ordered to our specifications. The handles are all lacquer ware and come with metal ferrules.
Kanshitsu is a technique and style of lacquer ware. This Kanshitsu handle uses wood powder mixed in with the lacquer. The rough finish of this surface is less easily damaged by scratching, and gives you a firm and comfortable grip… even when wet. Kanshitsu laquer ware is also surprisingly light weight.
Kanshitsu technique originated in China, and had been used for mainly for sculpture work. Today, the number of Kanshitsu craftsmen is drastically shrinking, and yet it has an amazing reputation and is greatly appreciated by those well versed in lacquer wares. Kanshitsu is known for allowing flexible, descriptive, and realistic expression through artistic works– kanshitsu pieces can look soft or hard, more like wood, or even like metal. Kanshitsu is one of the oldest and most famous traditional types of lacquer ware.