Established in 1872, Mizuno Tanrenjo is one of Japans most prestigious workshops. Over 5 generations of Mizuno blacksmiths have trained with Japans best knife and sword smiths to establish a name that is considered one of the best around. 

Current master Jun Mizuno is a recognized master sword smith. His superior craftsmanship and extraordinary honyaki katana works have been recognized by two of Japan’s top Ichinomiyas (shrines) which have commissioned his katanas as part of their permanent collections — an extraordinary accolade and recognition of Jun Mizuno's skill as a blacksmith.

Honyaki are considered to be some of the most beautiful and sort after blades around and to own a Mizuno Tanrenjo blade is certainly something special.

The knife being forged in this shot is a 540mm Magurokiri, a blade specially forged for tuna butchery. This Magurokiri is part of a special collection of Honyaki blades being made for Modern Cooking. The full collection will feature in the next post.

Peter Buckwalter