Yashima Iron
Yashima Iron: a part of the community's Everyday life

When you open the door of the IRON cafe & shop run by Yashima Iron, dozens of differently shaped hoes are displayed on the wall. This is because the preferred kind of hoe differs from village to village, depending on the quality of the soil and the produce they cultivate.

Yashima Iron is a forge that has deep roots in the local community, making everyday agricultural tools as well as specialized iron tools, such as those for carrying the orchard harvest, gathering shellfish and seaweed, and for pulling timber. Experts in thier craft, they also remake older kinds of specialized tools which no longer have makers. In addition, they craft a wide range of household iron products, including quality knives made to be used every day and to last for generations.

five generations of excellence

Thanks to the rich iron reserves of the Chugoku Mountains, a skilled blacksmithing culture emerged in Tottori. Yashima Iron, founded in 1897, and has been forging iron for five generations. Initially production was focused on manual agricultural tools, such as rice threshers and other farming implements needed for Japan’s growing population. Today, Yashima Iron also focuses on kitchen knives and other household items, putting their crafting expertise into products of the highest quality for contemporary life.