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    Kai cut Cleaver

    I have been sharpening knives here steadily for the last couple of mo's. I took in the work knife that I did to see how well I could get a edge on it. My boss said he has some knives that need sharpening (Forschner). For a joke he threw in this 15lbs cleaver (my guess on the weight). I laughed at it and said I would do some work on it. After looking at it I saw a mark that said Japan really small. I hadn't looked at the makers mark at this time, I was thinking it was something that would be american made or even a Forschner. I went looking for the company and really couldn't find much. Anyone have a history lesson on this company?

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    I was thinking of just doing a handle soak in mineral oil for a day or two, then do a light board wax on the handle. The blade I was thinking of doing a soak in the same with a light sanding to take off any other rust still left. Wasn't sure if I should use the board wax on the blade, I haven't found any problems with it in my thinking so far. Any suggestions would be very help full.

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    Kai is the parent company of Kershaw, I believe. They make Shun and a bunch of other brands.


    About KAI Group
    KAI, the history of cutlery.

    KAI is a company that currently manufactures, sells, exports and imports more than 10,000 different kinds of cutlery and cutting tools, ranging from kitchen utensils to cosmetic accessories and surgical implements.
    KAI started in 1908 as a small pocket-knife factory in the city of Seki, which is known in Japan as the City of Good Swordsmen.
    Even though the company has become large, one principle, nokaji (blacksmith)'s spirit, has been consistently upheld by KAI. "The nokaji strives to make blades that are suited to the daily lives of people by bringing to bear on the task all his craftsmanship and all his heart."
    KAI is to find an answer to the question: "how can we bring the spirit of the nokaji into the 21st century?"

    head office


    kai corporation

    Head Office Address


    3-9-5 Iwamoto-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8586, Japan

    Founded


    1908

    President & CEO


    Koji Endo

    Business Description


    Marketing of cutlery, kitchen utensils, beauty care products, confectionery utensils, etc.

    Registered Capital


    450 million yen

    Number of Employees


    2,615(March 2010, consolidated basis)

    Sales


    41.3 billion yen (March 2008, consolidated basis)
    Timeline
    1908

    Saijiro Endo set up business in the city of Seki
    1920

    Established Joint-Stock Company Endo Hamono Seisakujo to produce pocketknives
    1932

    Established Seki Anzen Kamisori Seizo Joint-Stock Company and began production of the first replaceable blade razor in Japan.
    1936

    Dissolved Seki Safety Razor Seizo Joint-Stock Company to establish Nihon Safety Razor Co., Ltd.
    1940

    Changed corporate name from Nihon Safety Razor Co., Ltd. to Nihon Anzen Kamisori Co., Ltd.
    1947

    Saijiro Endo II established Feather Shokai Co. Ltd. in Nagoya and started wholesaling razors and cutlery.
    1949

    Established Joint-Stock Company Sanwa Shokai in Tokyo.
    1951

    Established Sanwa Blade Manufacturing, Ltd. and started production of Kai-branded lightweight, convenient long-bladed razors
    1954

    Merged Feather Shokai and Sanwa Shokai to establish Sanwa Co. Ltd.
    1956

    Set up a trade division inside the company to export cutlery
    1967

    Changed corporate name from Sanwa Co. Ltd. to Sanwa Hamono Kogyo Co. Ltd.
    1968

    Built the Oyana Factory
    1971

    Established Endo Hamono Seisakujyo and started production of kitchen knives.
    1973

    Started production of scissors at Sanwa Hamono Kogyo Co. Ltd.
    1977

    Established kai cutlery U.S.A. ltd. in Portland, Oregon
    1978

    Established kai cutlery (H.K.) ltd.
    1980

    Established kai cutlery (Europe) GmbH in Solingen, Germany.
    1982

    Changed corporate name from Sanwa Hamono Kogyo Co. Ltd. to Kaijirushi Hamono Co. Ltd.
    1984

    Started production of scalpels.
    1988

    Introduced a new identity to relaunch the new Kaijirushi Group
    1990

    Launched K-II, a blade-replaceable dispo-razor
    1992

    Consolidated 6 manufacturing companies and changed the corporate name to Kai Industries Co., Ltd.
    1993

    Established Mi Kai Housewares Co., Ltd. (joint venture) in Guangdong, China and started operations
    1995

    Established G.T.I. Cutlery Co. Ltd. (joint venture) in Guangdong, China and started operations
    1996

    Started locally-based production of Kai USA pocketknives


    Shanghai Kai Cutlery Co., Ltd, the Asian production hub for razors and beauty products, goes into full-scale operation.
    1998

    Launched K-3, the world’s first replaceable 3-blade razor
    1999

    Launched Lady K-3, the world’s first replaceable 3-blade razor for women
    2000

    Aligned all development divisions into the Kai Cutlery Development Center Co., Ltd. to leverage operations.
    2004

    Renewed the overall corporate message, corporate mission, code of conduct and corporate philosophy of the Kaijirushi Group


    Launched K-4 TETRA, a replaceable 4-blade razor


    Remodeled the first and second floors of theTokyo Head office and opened “Kai House”
    2005

    Launched Michel Bras kitchen knife line-up (co-development with Michelin’s 3-star chef) in Europe and the United States.


    Established KAI vietnam co.,ltd. in Hanoi City, Vietnam
    2006

    Acquired all stocks for Universal Razor Industries (razor / beauty care product joint venture company in the US) and made it a subsidiary
    2007

    Established Kaijirushi Korea Co. Ltd. in Korea.
    2008

    100th anniversary


    Established KAI R&D (Guangzhou) co.,ltd. in Guangdong, China


    Established Lampas Inc.
    I haven't lived the life I wanted, just the lives I needed too at the time.

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    long winded, but here you go.
    I haven't lived the life I wanted, just the lives I needed too at the time.

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    lol ty. Cool to know, it was beating me up.

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