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buying a knife in japan?

Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:27 pm

Hello all, I'm travelling to Japan soon and looking for good knife shop recommendations for Tokyo and Kyoto. Particularly I'd love to get my hands on knives like Masakage, Doi, Suisun, Fujiwara, Takeda, and Sakai Takayuki. Any recommendations would be great!


Re: buying a knife in japan?

Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:51 am

Hi Keith,

I'll ask Shosui where you can find his knives. My guess is any store that sells his knives will have others of interest too. He writes me back fast so I should have an answer by tomorrow. If you had time and were really into it you could go visit his black smith shop but it's a long haul from Tokyo.

Also the Tsukiji Fish Market has a bunch of knife shops and is a popular place to shop in general. If you go early you can check out the fish market in action.

Re: buying a knife in japan?

Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:33 am

I believe, and this is based purely on reading (never been to Japan unfortunately), most of the retailers like Suisin, Nenohi, Masamoto, etc. have their own stores. These retailers contract out to makers who sell to them. For instance, Doi does a lot of work for Suisin....but he also makes knives for other retailers. The Kiya store is another great knife store...but it's more of a general store as I understand. The sell house branded Shigefusa's.

As Mark has said, there are a lot of great knife stores around the Tsukiji Market.

Re: buying a knife in japan?

Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:27 pm

I'm not sure if any of these dates work for you but Here's Shosui's schedule. It would be cool if you got to meet him at one of these events.

Nihombashi Takashimaya 7F
Oct. 17 - Oct. 23
Shosui Takeda
2-4-1, Nihombashi, Chuo-ku,Tokyo 〒103-8265
Home Page
Tokyu Toyoko west building 8F
Oct. 25 - Oct. 31
Shosui Takeda
Tansho Kobayashi
2-24-1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 〒150-0002
Home Page

Fujisawa Odakyu 5F
Nov. 28 - Dec. 3
Shosui Takeda
21-1, Minamifujisawa, fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa 〒251-8580
Home Page

Machida Odakyu 7F
Dec. 12 - Dec. 18
Shosui Takeda
6-12-20, Haramachida, Machida-shi, Tokyo 〒194-8550
Home Page

Best Regards,

Re: buying a knife in japan?

Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:13 am

Thanks for the replies, I will definitely check out Kiya and the Tsukiji area. Perhaps more exciting, Shosui-san's Takashimaya visit fits my schedule perfectly, will be amazing to meet the master in person. I appreciate the effort Mark!

Re: buying a knife in japan?

Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:45 pm

I Highly recomend tsukiji, besides the great knife manufacturers and merchants the market itself is a powerhouse of all kinds of rare and exotic fish, wares and tools. Its recomendable that you get there early so you can catch some of the action!

Rgards and let us know how it goes....

Re: buying a knife in japan?

Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:57 pm

My son is working in kamisu shortly will be going to Hitachi both are in Ibaraki prefecture bout 50 mi or so NE of Tokyo anything of note in the general area.

Re: buying a knife in japan?

Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:29 pm

If you're gonna be in Kyoto then check out Aritsugu Kyoto. They don't sell outside of Japan so you know you'll have a knife that noone else might have except for those that have been to their shop.

TEL: +81-(0)75-221-1091 FAX: +81-(0)75-231-1066
Address: Nishiki-koji Dori, Gokomachi Nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Available languages: English, Japanese
Credit cards: Not Accepted (Cash Only)

article here also includes kikuichi's shop in kyoto:
http://openkyoto.com/stores/real-kyoto- ... nives.html

Tsukiji Fish Market also has the Aritsugu brand that split off from Aritsugu Kyoto, they're the ones that make Aritsugu A knives.
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