Nigara Forging has been around for 350 years starting by making swords for Tsugaru clan in the early Edo period. They are incredible sword makers and still make them today. There is a huge history and technique that is passed down from generation to generation at Nigara. They branched off into knife making after the wars ended and there isn't the need for swords, but they still make some today.
They specialize in powdered steels and high speed steels. Making functional art with great patterns, designs, and damascus. The blacksmiths at Nigara focusing on knives are younger and very innovative. Their knives look great and perform great also. Buying a Nigara Hamono knife means your buying a piece of history.