HISTORY OF SEKI

Seki City's reputation as first-in-its-class production center dates back about 780 years. In the middle of the 13th century during Japan's Kamakura Period a famous swordsmith master named Motoshige settled in Seki, drawn by its ideal natural features and resources including quality earth for tempering blades, pine-wood or "yakiba-tsuchi" charcoal in abundant supply, and a strategic central location at the convergence of two main waterways. By the Muromachi Period there were more than 300 swordsmiths in Seki, and their swords had become renowned nationwide as effective weapons that neither bent nor broke.

When private possession of swords was prohibited by the Government in 1876, many arti-sans gave up sword making and naturally progressed to the business of knife making. Seki cutlery today is known for its superior quality, and is highly praised the world over; within the industry it's often said "Solingen in the West and Seki in the East".

Seki's cutlery industry produces a broad range of products: knives, scissors, razors, nail clippers, gardening tools, etc. The "Seki Brand" name is a guarantee of superior quality and is only given to cutlery produced in the region and which satisfies rigorous standards. The brand logo is a wavy mark representing the Seki three cedars, a characteristic blade pattern.





Seki City's official flower is the Chrysanthemum and its official tree the cedar. Situated in the center of Japan, Seki prospered from its important position at the east-west crossroads. Today, it remains strategically positioned, its high-speed transport network linking the Pacific and Japan Sea sides of the country. Seki's Logistics Center, and Distribution Flow Network System serve also to support its vital distribution base.

Seki kitchen knives come in various types, to suit many specific purposes.
The vegetable knife is a fairly wide-bladed knife with rounded tip. The filleting knife is slightly heavier than others, with a thick pointed blade used for filleting fish.
A superior cutting knife completely changes the form of ingredients as it cuts, chops and peels. Its expression is sometimes bold, sometimes sensitive. The product of this detailed performance decorates the dinner table like a work of art.
Seki's simple and uniquely original accessories include curious gadgets and desk-top items, the innovative designs Seki industry is looking for today transcend the merely highly functional: scissors come in cases of amusing shapes and designs, magnetic surfaces save on storage space, bright coloring and ergonomic design all make for important considerations.

The city itself celebrates a "Cutlery Festival" every October. The Seki Chamber of Commerce and Industry offers sightseers a sales outlet, as does the local Hamono Kaikan (Cutlery Hall). The Seki City Industrial Promotion Center exhibits articles detailing Seki's history and industry, it is aim being to promote the cutlery industry and preserve Seki's traditional Japanese sword technology, offering demonstrations of old style Japanese sword forging regularly, as tourist attractions.

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