The History of Hafnia By Yamazaki

The Distinguished History Of The Elegant Hafnia Flatware Line

Timeless Japanese design and Nordic practicality are a match made in heaven. Just take a look at the Scandinavian-influenced Hafnia flatware line by Yamazaki.

The brushed finish is simply gorgeous. Not only are the pieces unusually striking, but their weight and the curvature of their upturned handles make for the most comfortable silverware that we offer — and we offer more than 500 patterns.

As more and more manufacturers expand their brands to reach diverse markets, Yamazaki remains true to its roots. For 100 years, the fine stainless maker has stuck to its core competencies and catered to its loyal customers.

At Yamazaki, innovation thrives. Service is personalized. There are no compromises on quality. The Yamazaki collection reflects the passion of its leadership and is aptly named “The Art of Dining.”


Yamazaki’s fascinating story began in 1918 in Tsubame, Japan, a coastal plains city about 200 miles northwest of Tokyo.

The family business, founded by Fumitoki Yamazaki, made household items and other goods of silver, copper and brass. The products were of exceptional quality, and word spread.

The elder Yamazaki introduced stainless steel in the 1930s. He went on to position the region around his factory as a leading supplier of the global flatware market. Yamazaki made tableware for hundreds of companies. Many of its original designs, under other names, still grace elegant dining rooms throughout Europe and the U.S. today. The Niigata Prefecture in which Tsubame is located is now famous for its advanced metal-processing technology.

In 1980, Etsuji Yamazaki convinced his four older brothers that they could turn out better products than their clients were ordering from them. The five siblings engaged illustrious designers and launched a line of flatware under the family name. Etsuji assumed leadership in 1985. In 1991, the Nobel Foundation acknowledged Yamazaki for its technical and artistic abilities. It was the first company outside of Sweden to be commissioned with making the silverware for the annual Nobel awards banquet.

Yamazaki now has factories around the world. It sources only the finest 18/8 stainless steel to create pieces that are functional, durable and aesthetically pleasing. Forks are carefully polished. Knives are expertly crafted and sharpened to be long-lasting. Unique serving pieces complement the specific set to which they belong.

Yamazaki wouldn’t have it any other way. This rare commitment to quality and fine craftsmanship has served the family and satisfied customers for a century.

Bringing “The Art of Dining” to Your Table

Choosing something that’s too trendy is every bride’s worst fear. What’s eye-catching today may be embarrassing in a year or two.

The pattern’s name, Hafnia, is the Latin name for Copenhagen. Copenhagen was originally a tiny fishing community established by the Vikings. It grew, thrived and eventually required a fortress to protect it. The fortress was built in 1160, and the vibrant city sprang up around it.

What does all this have to do with flatware?

We’re guessing that Yamazaki named the pattern Hafnia because Copenhagen has existed for centuries. Likewise, since Scandinavian design is both timeless and modern, Hafnia is likely to be around for a long time. Its simple design transitions seamlessly with any china pattern or home decor. You can dress it up for holidays or integrate it naturally into informal settings. It will endure and continue to be a source of pride for generations to come.

Whether you’re a new bride or a longtime collector, consider the thoughtful artistry behind Hafnia.