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perneto
08-11-2013, 03:42 AM
Since the site is pretty inscrutable, I figured I'd start a reference thread with links to sellers that carry interesting stuff - saves us all some time.
Do add stores you've found too!
Lists of brands the stores carry are not exhaustive, they're just what I managed to ascertain.

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/yamakawa/
Carries Masamoto, Sakai Takayuki (including crazy stuff like a 300mm honyaki deba!)

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/houcho/
Carries Suisin Inox Honyaki, other unidentified Sakai makers

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/yminfo/
Carries Yoshikane, Tojiro, Sugimoto

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/nzshinkai/
Carries Shigefusa, Tsukiji Masamoto

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/newworldnet/
Carries Misono, Hiromoto AS, Masahiro, Masamoto

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/sugiyama/
Carries Masamoto, Misono, Aritsugu, natural stones

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/mingei/
No knives, but really fancy tableware :)

Let me know what you find!

labor of love
08-11-2013, 04:47 AM
couldnt find the hiromotos in that one link. do you know which particular hiromotos they carry?

perneto
08-11-2013, 06:26 AM
Aha, my bad. Here are the Hiromotos:
http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/toyokuni/item/10000765/
Unfortunately this store doesn't ship outside of Japan, it seems.

Looking for them, I just found this other one that carries Zakuri:
http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/chokuhan/

If you can figure out how to type the kanji for Hiromoto, search will work (unlike searching in English - I think search works on the original page in Japanese and not on the English automatic translation).
This is how I found the Zakuri, searching for blue super knives:
http://global.rakuten.com/en/search?pf=&pt=&f=0&fs=0&vm=2&sm=0&st=&tl=0&k=%E9%9D%92%E3%82%B9%E3%83%BC%E3%83%91%E3%83%BC+%E 4%B8%A1%E5%88%83

TheDispossessed
08-12-2013, 08:29 AM
Also, Moritaka Hamono now has a store on Rakuten through which you can buy direct with free shipping, should one feel like taking the risk..

Ruso
08-12-2013, 09:51 AM
What risk are you referring to?

chinacats
08-12-2013, 10:00 AM
What risk are you referring to?

Buying a Moritaka...major overgrind potential.

labor of love
09-01-2013, 11:53 PM
there doesnt appear to be a machi gap in these suisin inox honyakis...
http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/houcho/item/h0su1270/

chinacats
09-02-2013, 12:34 AM
there doesnt appear to be a machi gap in these suisin inox honyakis...
http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/houcho/item/h0su1270/

Loved the description..."This drunkenness feeling INOX fried Japanese beef sword 270mm (belonging to saya)" :rofl2:

perneto
09-02-2013, 12:36 AM
Not sure how trustworthy the picture is though. The handle looks round or D-shaped, but the description says it's hexagonal.

labor of love
09-02-2013, 12:40 AM
i believe the ferrule is octogon on top and rounded on bottom.

GlassEye
09-02-2013, 01:05 AM
Not sure how trustworthy the picture is though. The handle looks round or D-shaped, but the description says it's hexagonal.

The description also claims it is fried.

labor of love
09-02-2013, 03:46 PM
The description also claims it is fried.

deep fried inox steel. its a "heat treat" secret.

chinacats
09-02-2013, 10:17 PM
deep fried inox steel. its a "heat treat" secret.

:lol2:

ryann
09-04-2013, 09:41 AM
I have acquired some vocabulary in lurking around too many japanese knife shops, and am sharing some it here:

Brands:
正本総本店 - Masamoto Souhonten (Kyoto store)
築地正本 - Tsukiji Masamoto (Tokyo)
堺孝行 - Sakai Takayuki
忠房 - Tadafusa
酔心 - Suisin
重房 - Shigefusa
ミソノ - Misono
有次 - Aritsugu
築地有次 - Tsukiji Aritsugu (Tokyo)


Type of knife:
洋出刃 - western deba
牛刀 - gyuto
筋引 - sujihiki
ぺティー petty
柳刃 - yanagiba
薄刃 - usuba
鎌型薄刃 - kamagata usuba
出刃 - deba
切付 - kiritsuke

白 - white
青 - blue

包丁 - kitchen knife
刃物 - knife warez

Also there are of course varying levels of quality from each brand.
From Sakai Takayuki I've seen:
霞 Kasumitogi
本霞 Hongasumi
Tsukiji Aritsugu:
別打 Betsuuchi? Betsuda?
特製 Tokusei

Hopefully I've helped someone look around Rakuten or google for various doses of knife porn & there isn't already a list of these words... If the list generates interest I will add more but with this you can browse quite a few knives, eg.

copy pasting 堺孝行 柳刃 白 should bring up yanagiba from Sakai Takayuki with some kind of white steel (a "二" or "2" in the description will probably mean white#2)
If you're in english and you want to decrypt some of the description, click on the top right corner (i'm talking about Rakuten btw) and select 日本語 as the language


Ryan

Chutotoro
09-04-2013, 11:15 PM
Thanks for the translations, it helps alot on rakuten :) I just made my first order there, so im a bit nervous right now ^^ I hope tenso is good lol.

I found a shop called subaru that had lots of Masamotos, and i think it may be the only shop that has the SW-series in stock.

http://item.rakuten.co.jp/subaru/c/0000001167/
http://search.rakuten.co.jp/search/mall/masamoto+sw/-/?c=2836&l-id=s_search&l2-id=shop_header_search&x=-1274

chefcomesback
09-05-2013, 04:03 AM
Thanks a lot Ryan

Chutotoro
09-06-2013, 07:46 AM
I just found out that it was 2 months waiting time for Masamoto Sw. It felt too good to be true that they had them in stock...

JCHine
09-06-2013, 07:14 PM
Thanks Ryan for sharing your work, greatly appreciated.

This week ordered a couple of unbranded 180mm white steel usuba from Houcho and will post pictures when they arrive. Any preferences for here or "show us your latest knife" thread?