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Miyamoto Manufacturing Co. and their Higonokami (Higo Knife)
Miyamoto Manufacturing Co. has been producing Higonokami knives from the early Showa period (late 1920s). Originally, the Higo knife was created around 1894 (Meiji 27) by a hardware wholesaler, Tasaburo Shigematsu and Sadaharu Murakami, a blacksmith. The Higo knife soon became hugely popular. During the early Showa period, 50 manufacturers were busy producing the Higonokami knives, but due to the movement to ban blades in 1961 (Showa 36), the number of manufacturers drastically decreased. Miyamoto Manufacturing Co. continues to preserve traditional forging skills as well as the history of the Higo knife in developing new products like their internationally beloved Kensei Miyamoto Musashi.