Our Origins

Shi.han Fine Knives is an artisanal blacksmithing shop committed to making high-quality, hand-forged Japanese style kitchen cutlery in Santa Fe, NM. By combining rigorous metallurgical processing with traditional Japanese techniques, I endeavor to make knives of the highest quality while exploring the aesthetics of Japanese blades. I began studying metalwork at age twelve with internationally recognized artist blacksmith, Tom Joyce. By the time I graduated from high school, blacksmithing had become a calling to which I wished to dedicate my life. After studying ornamental ironwork with Joyce and others, I traveled to Japan as a journeyman. While visiting blacksmiths throughout the country I was fortunate to meet one of Japan's master knife-makers, Hiroshi Ashi, who kindly hosted me for the next two years.Thanks to his patronage I studied and practiced with many artisans in the city of Sakai, renown for its cutlery and bladesmithing.

I returned to Santa Fe in 2009 determined to build my own shop based on the techniques and philosophy that I learned from the craftsman of Japan.

The name of my business, Shi.han, derives from re-translating the Japanese form of my name 獅絆 back into English, reflecting my journey from the US to Japan and back again.

 

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