My name is Masaru Nakamura.
Today is my birthday and I got 60. In Japan we call it "kanreki" because I made the sexagenary cycle. I was born in 1951 and it was the year of kanoto-u 辛兎 (Yin Metal Rabbit). 2011 is kanoto-u again so I am reborn.
So it is a perfect day to begin something new.
One of my hobby is home-cook and I like handmade Japanese kitchen knives. I have also some friends living outside of Japan who like Japanese knives too. Last year I helped them to get some custom Japanese knives. They appreciated very much what I did so I decided to do it to others too and to open a small business for exporting full custom kitchen knives.
So I open today Hide's Export.
My first name is Masaru and the kanji is 秀 which can be read "hide" too. And "hide" was my nickname. It is pronounced "he de" .
I made a logo too:
It is designed with my family emblem.
I will export full custom made kitchen knives made by great blacksmith like Iizuka-san (Shigefusa) or Yoshida-san (Yoshikane).
I want to write about history of Japanese kitchen knives too.
I will make a trip this week to Sanjyo Niigata and visit these blacksmiths.
I hope I have much info to report on this blog.