A new bread knife made in collaboration with Otsuka Hamono from Tottori, Japan.
Yoshida Shoya is famous for this blade design which comes from the Tottori region, and now only two smiths are still making it, one of which is Otsuka San.
While Sakai City near Osaka is well known for having a high concentration of skilled bladesmiths, Tottori is located in the region in Western Japan, formerly known as Inaba, famous for the iron rich sand which is used to make high quality Japanese blade steels. The few remaining bladesmiths in this sparsely populated region are deep with their craft. Tottori in particular has a strong history of the mingei (craft) movement led by Yanagi Soetsu's follower Yoshida Shoya.
Otsuka San is a 4th generation bladesmith. The waiting list for his knives is 1-2 years long, only accepting orders from a limited customer base of clientele he respects and knows will understand his work, namely a few restaurants in Tokyo, Paris, and Milan.
The Terasu Aogami Bread Knife by Otsuka Hamono will change your perception of slicing bread. The curve of the blade extends the cutting edge, providing the extra length needed to slice cleanly through the bottom crust. This knife will excel slicing the toughest sourdough and the most delicate pullman loaves.
Aogami #1 blade steel has excellent edge retention, yet still shows exceptional hardness when made using skilled hand-forging and heat treatments.
Keep them nice and dry when not in use to avoid rust, which can be cleaned off with a light abrasive.
Next EventPreview Vol 04: Field Materials
'Preview' is a series of meals between California and Japan featuring a variety of chefs, food producers, and artists who are well versed in food, where people come together to test and create new ways of gathering, cooking, and eating. For Vol 04 we are partnering with the Aoyama Bread Festival at the Tokyo Farmer's Market and will also be releasing our next print edition, 'Field Materials' on the occasion.
The menu for the day will be tied to the contents of 'Field Materials', which is a field guide created from the beginnings of Terasu 5 years ago through to the aftermath of Vol 02, released last year.
Bread: Coffeebuster's Japanese Alps beer levain
Max's Ancient Grain Koji Pan Loaf
Vegetable: Burdock pomegranate salad, charcoal grilled marinated night shades
Main: Matsutake Nicoise
Drink: Birdview Distillery Cocktails
Time：11/16, 11:30 entrance、12:00 start
Location：Farmer's Market Community Lounge
Tickets：3,000 yen ／30 people
Drinks: 800-1200 yen
After lunch we will be serving tasting plates and drinks a la carte as well as the first copies of 'Field Materials'.
Field Materials aims to reframe the idea of a ‘field guide’ in order to allow us to think differently about ‘the field’ and about ‘materials’. The makers of a field guide undergo multi-faceted deeper exploration of what they already know, do not know, will never know, and how they got to where they are.