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Ecological Sand Casting Since 1714 at Kanamori Alloy


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Experience personalized engraving on recycled aluminum cutlery rests

Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture


©Kanamori Alloy


Kanamori Alloy, a company in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture that keeps its sustainable business alive while answering present-day needs, offers you the unique experience of engraving your name on a cast aluminum cutlery rest.

The cutlery rests are handmade one at a time by craftspeople using a durable material that will not break. Here at Kanamori Alloy, you can create an original item that makes the perfect gift for someone special, or a good-luck charm for yourself, by engraving a word of your choice on a piece of cutlery.

Kanamori Alloy has been conducting recycling-oriented manufacturing for more than 300 years since its foundation in 1714. It utilizes traditional sand mold casting and metal refining technologies that have been in use since the Edo period (1603-1867). What’s more, the company employs its own in-house refining technology to upcycle aluminum from the aluminum plates used by newspaper companies when printing newspapers. More recently, it has been recycling discarded aluminum cans obtained from hotels and transforming them into tableware.

A tour of the company’s traditional sand casting foundry is also a must. The Kanamori experience will remain forever etched in your mind.


©Kanamori Alloy

How to get there


From Tokyo Station, take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa Station (about 2 hours 30 minutes). From Kanazawa Station, take the Hokuriku Railway bus and get off at Uneda. Kanamori Alloy is a 10-minute walk from the bus stop.


6-100 Matsumura, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken


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