Harumic World by Harumi Hirayama. Photographs by Tomo Hasegawa. ワールドフォトプレス World Photo Press. 2012. 144 pages.平山晴美作品集 Harumi Hirayama work collection. Numbered 197 of 449 copies. Inscribed by Harumi Hirayama to Vanessa. 10 1/2" tall. 7 1/2" wide. Hard cover in dust jacket. Comtained in a celophane bag that has the number '197' written on it. A paper bookmark looks like it was published for the book is laid in. Bookmark has a light fold at the top.DUST JACKET: Has some rubbing to dj edges. Otherwise, no tears wear, clips, creases or unusual folds. BOOK: I see no flaws. This book is as new. No wear. No folds, creases, tears, previous owner markings to the pages or book. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. This book may have never been fully opened, let alone read. Not ex-library, not remaindered, not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. CH27a
"Harumi was born in Tokyo 9in 1960, and like most young ladies, she was familiar with knives used in the home. While attending junior high school, she discovered a knife at a SONY shop in Ginza, Tokyo that made a deep impression on her. She felt it emitted an invisible power, one that's hard to describe, a power that was about to change her whole life. She soon enrolled at Tama Art University where she studied industrial design. At about this time, a book on knives caught her attention, and the fascination was unreal. Her final design project for college was, believe it or not, was a unique set of kitchen knives. At the age of 21 this talented lady nwas deigning and making knives, never realising where this love of knives would lead her. After college she was employed as a designer at a watch company for two years. Here she discovered there is a great difference between mass produced products and those that are skillfully handmade. She immediately knew she wanted to design and make knives, and that handmade knives would be precious to behold, whereas factory knives would not.
Harumi soon began designing beautiful folding knives as well as fixed blade knives, all of which were unique and one of a kind. Harumi soon qualified for membership in the Knifemakers Guild in the United States and attended her first "Guild Show" when it was based in Kansas City, in 1985. There she exhibited a set of three custom knives known as "SWANS".
In 1987 she earned the "Beretta Craftsmanship" Award and the "Wooden sword" Award by Ken Warner testifying to her skills at this ealy stage in her career. She often sees things in a very different manner, thus her mind is open to change, not locked into one focus. Harumi normally attends the Guild Show every three years." - Art and Design of Modern Custom Folding Knives by Dr. David Darom.