Product Design | Art Direction | Wooden Knives
Client: Hanaoka (2013)

East and West. Industrial design and craftsmanship. Two cultures and two design languages often far apart from one another blend in this project. Fusion: two kitchen knives made of ebony and hard maple. Handmade in Kyoto as a limited edition by Japanese artist Issei Hanaoka, these knives are inspired by the traditional Japanese art of wood crafting and they have a minimalist design: extremely simple, modern and universal. Both knives feature an ergonomic handle for ultra-comfortable, anti-slip grip. They are available in two sizes and two types of blade: serrated, ideal for bread, and non-serrated, ideal for cheese, fruit, and desserts. The seamless design ensures superior cleanliness and easy care. Thanks to their ultra-fine edge, the knives are extremely sharp and easy to sharpen. The knives come in luxury packaging: the traditional Japanese box “kiribako” has been re-designed with a contemporary Italian flair to protect the knives from humidity and the passing of time.

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