Get A Japanese Kitchen knife that lasts a lifetime!
Japanese kitchen knives made by following swordsmith techniques have a good reputation abroad, and quite a few people come to Japan on sightseeing trips in search of it. With regular maintenance, the kitchen knives are always excellently sharpened. They are sold at well-known shops all over Japan, and also recently, more shops are selling them online. Centering on the major production areas of cutlery, we will introduce you to famous knife shops throughout Japan.
A producing center of cutleries known worldwide—Seki City, Gifu Prefecture
Swordsmithing was conceived in Seki City, Gifu Prefecture during the Kamakura period. Since then, with its history and tradition of more than 700 years, it has been the producing center of cutleries. It has become known beyond Japan, and is now a world famous prominent producing area. Every year, they hold a “cutlery festival,” and large numbers of tourists crowd the many shops that stand in rows.
A well-established shop representing Seki-City — “Hamonoya Sanshu”
"Hamonoya Sanshu," the original direct seller of cutlery has a shop in Seki City, the city of cutlery. Their own brand “Seki Yoshihide,” which inherits traditional techniques, has a line of kitchen knives ranging from general household use to professional craftsmanship, and is highly appreciated not only in Japan but also overseas. They do not sell their products through the mail, so we suggest you go see the products yourself.
●950-1, Oze, Seki-shi, Gifu Prefecture
Inheriting the tradition of Sanjo Blacksmithing — Tsubamesanjo, Niigata Prefecture
Tsubamesanjo, Niigata Prefecture is a manufacturing area that has many achievements in Western tableware and metal processing. Actually, next to Seki, Gifu, and Sakai, Osaka, Tsubamesanjo is a major cutlery producing area. In Tsubamesanjo, producing metal goods started out as the farmers' side job during the 17th century, and developed into what is now a traditional technology, “Sanjo Blacksmithing” which has been passed on. “Tsubamesanjo brand” kitchen knives that draw this flow is popular not only in Japan but also abroad
Loved by professional cooks — “Tojiro”
Tsubamesanjo's cutlery manufacturer “Tojiro" is the largest brand name in the world of commercial kitchen knives. Their knives are loved by many cooks. They also have a great line of kitchen knives for home use, and you can buy them at their online shop. In July of 2017, they opened “Tojiro Open Factory,” which is a multi-complex where visitors can have a tour of their factory, and also shop around. One example is their small all-purpose kitchen knife for home use, which is 3,240 yen (tax included, available online).
“Tojiro Open Factory and Tojiro Online Shop”
●Tojiro Customer Center
●9-5, Yoshidahigashisakaecho, Tsubame-shi, Niigata Prefecture
●Tojiro Open Factory http://www.facebook.com/tojiro.openfactory/
Tojiro Online Shop http://www.tojiro.shop
●Irregular closing days (business days and schedule of events are announced every month on the website)
If you want to buy a kitchen knife in Tokyo, go to “Tsukiji Masamoto”
There are cutlery shops in Tokyo, too. Specializing in kitchen knives, “Tsukiji Masamoto” was established at the end of the Edo period, and started business in Tukiji Fish Market of Tokyo at the beginning of the Showa era. It is a well-established shop, famous for its cooking knives. They have various knives for home use also, and you can order them online. One example is their superior steel all-purpose kitchen knife for home use which is 11,340 yen (tax included, available online).
●4-9-9, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Online shop http://www.tukijimasamoto.co.jp/shop/index.php
●Closed on Sundays and when the Tsukiji Fish Market is closed
*Prices of knives vary depending on the manufacturer, type, and material. Please check their websites for details.
*The above information was last updated August 9, 2017. For further details, please contact the facilities directly.
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