The Shin Blacksmith, which is the oldest in Korea, was founded in 1845 and is still run by the 5th generation of the family. Master Shin In-young began apprenticing for Shin Blacksmith at age 13 and became a master at 17. He produces some of the best handmade knives and farming tools in the country. In 2016, Master Shin In-young was named by the Gyeonggi Province as an Intangible Cultural Heritage Treasure #60 recognizing his rare, traditional skills and talent and remains the first individual to be awarded this great honor. He teaches widely, in an interest to pass down craft and tradition. Following old-world techniques and traditional minimalistic design, Master Shin creates high-quality, functional pieces that are also durable works of art.
Each towel and hoe is formed for specific types of soil and depth of digging, and is even produced for left or right handed use. While he hand forges each tool, his work is embedded with economy, simplicity and elegance. Tool edge retains sharpness for ≈ 2-3 seasons of normal use.
Materials: handle: chestnut or oak wood, sun-dried for years to achieve the right weight and water resistance. Blade: made from the strong spring steel used in the auto industry to prevent warping.
Dimensions: L: 15.25" x W: 2.75"
Care Instructions: No need to sharpen before 2-3 years of regular use. After which point, sharpen by hand, using a honing stone. Avoid use on hard surfaces. Wipe clean with soft cloth or use water only. Clean and dry thoroughly to prevent rust. To store, dry and lightly oil the surface.
Made in South Korea