Hand linking machines and the function of producing socks on these vintage machines was the norm as far back as the early 1800s. With technological advances in garment production, factories still using this method of production are few and far between.
In Japan, there is a small contingent of production houses in the ancient city of Nara that still use these vintage machines to produce socks with the hand linked toe box feature. CHUP, by way of the umbrella company, Glen Clyde, is the leading player amongst these Japanese socks brands.
The process of Hand Linking begins with the fabric being milled on a circular knitting machine, as all socks are. Once the tubular fabric is knitted, the two sides of the toe seam are linked by a single yarn of thread, maximizing comfort and durability.
This tedious process allows for the output of a maximum of 20-25 socks per day on any given vintage circular knitting machine, approximately a 1/3 of the efficiency when compared to non hand linked toe box socks.
Given the meticulous construction methods, and detail driven work ethic of the Japanese factory, we feel confident calling these the best damn socks on earth.
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