Martin Huber has been forging knives since the age of 16. From a very young age it was clear to Martin that he wanted to be a blacksmith. There might be a little family influence involved. Martin has a slightly higher iron content in his blood than others. His grandfather was a blacksmith, and both of his parents worked as mechanical and automotive engineers, blacksmiths, and machinists.
Martin is deeply inspired by the process of making knives and the world around him. Each knife produced is unique, often influenced by his peers in the artisan knife making world, by nature and a close-knit team that is always keen to find the next challenge. Martin and his team produce all kinds of knives, but his kitchen knives are some of best around.
A Martin Huber knife is characterised by a thoughtful design that begins with a focus on durability, fit and finish and performance and ends with amazingly unique materials and style. We are very proud to be able to offer the work of Martin and his team here at Modern Cooking. If you are lucky enough to obtain one of Martins knives, we have no doubt you will be just as impressed as we are.
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.