Cherry Birch Butter Knife

Hand carved on the Japanese island of Miyajima. Natural wood finish without varnish allows the depth of the grain to come through. Makes a set with our Cherry Birch Jam Spatula. (more info)

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In the late 18th century, according to local yore, a priest on the Japanese island of Miyajima was inspired to make a rice scoop based on the shape of a traditional Biwa (Japanese lute). He enlisted the help of the carpenters and woodworkers in charge of building the island’s ornate temples and shrines. Today, Miyajima is renowned for its wood rice scoops, which are thought to carry good luck. Each piece is still planed by hand. The cherry birch butter knife and jam spatula grew from this long tradition. 

Use & Care

The knife is free of varnish and therefore absorbs water. To clean, wash with a soft sponge and air dry. Not dishwasher safe. 

Production & Design

The craftsmen continue to use local wood and carve each piece by hand. In addition to the knife and spatula, they make items such as tea trays and incense containers – all from the woodworking methods developed over more than two centuries on the island.

Specifications

Dimensions
Measures 6 3/4 inches (17 cm)

Materials
Cherry Birch

Made in
Japan
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