Noto makiri

The oldest Japanese outdoor knife surviving fishermen

“Makiri” can trace its roots to an essential knife of Ainu people in their hunting life and was transmitted by northern-bound ships to Noto peninsula from Ezo area where a tool culture was alive. The fishermen in Noto bring this small knife on their waist because of its simplicity, durability, usability and its cutting force as a tool to be used in the “wilderness”.

As well as it has been used to clean a fish, it also has supported and protected the lives of the fishermen by being used for the maintenance of the fishing net, removing things tangled in it, and sometimes cutting off the ropes winded around the body on the ship in a storm. Makiri, with which almost all of the works on the sea can be done, is so useful in many outdoor activities such as camping, fishing and hunting.

Fukube Kaji, a blacksmith of tools in a small area in Noto peninsula, continues to create this small knife since its founding in order to let people know about Makiri culture which has become rooted into the life of Noto. The way of creating tools with their spirits shows their pride as a blacksmith of tools supported by the agriculture and fishery in Noto.

fukube kaji


Powerful cutting force and bendability by making full use of materials


Trenchant blade for survival, made by blacksmith of tools in Noto


Pleasure to get a real one


Condensed technique and knowledge of blacksmith of tools


Tool supporting the lives of the people in the area


With a good maintenance, you can see how long cutting force of Makiri lasts. In particular, you can enjoy sharpening “Magomitsu-bessaku” and “Magomitsu-saku”, made of Watetsu, because their base metal is soft despite the hardness of their blades.