View Full Version : visit to knifeland - any suggestions?

Cutty Sharp
10-23-2012, 02:54 PM
Hi all

If you could visit Sakai which maker(s) would you most like to see?

I'll be there tomorrow and will have at least a few hours, but boy you need some good Boy Scout skills to find most of them - and if you do they still just might be workshops or offices and not really suited to foreign knife-crazies suddenly appearing.

I've been there once and popped into the city Hamono museum (good for buying), Tadatsuna (good place, bought a nakiri) and Suisin (just an office). I've passed Konosuke (distribution centre) and Sakai Yusuke (looks good but was closed; will try again). I know where Sakai Takayuki/Aoki and Sakai Kikumori are, and I think I've found Ashi Hamono (Gesshin Ginga) and Yamamoto (Gesshin Hide; they seems to have some public area too). Of course there are loads of other potetial places on my list, all within a few km-square maze of steets, but I won't have a GPS or smartphone to help, mostly just a few Google map printouts and my sense of direction.

Anyway, I don't intend to go to all these places. I'm curious what some others might try in my shoes? Len/echerub thinks I should track down Ichimonji Kichikuni, but after an hour or two tonight I haven't been able to find the address and location. Don't know if anyone knows about that.

Incidentally, costs enough to be there and my wife won't be too impressed if I go on a shopping spree (perhaps I could sneak in one small purchase?). I'll mostly be there to poke around and learn more about the area, which is pleasant otherwise a pretty normal urban area in Japan.

10-23-2012, 03:09 PM
You should definitely look into one of those knives that comes with a ho wood handle!!!!

Cutty Sharp
10-23-2012, 03:18 PM
You should definitely look into one of those knives that comes with a ho wood handle!!!!

Of course! The great thing there is that 99% of knives come in ho. Typical Japanese refinement - so soothing, classy and in good taste! :rolleyes2:

... Maybe I shouldn't shop. If I buy something I'd be under pressure to enter the re-handling contest, I'd probably win, and then as said I'd be given a psychedelic dyed burl as justified revenge!

Cutty Sharp
10-24-2012, 11:09 AM
... Well, here's a modest update and bump. Arrived 6 hours late in Sakai and too late to do anything but non-knife stuff. If the wife allows, tomorrow morn I will borrow a bike and see what I can see before we head to our next destination. (Stopped here first because it's closer to the airport than Osaka/Kyoto.) I'd still appreciate any thoughts/suggestions - not necessarily based on experience visiting here.

10-24-2012, 11:26 AM
Have fun with both knife and non-knife stuff, Cutty! :)

10-24-2012, 12:27 PM
Have fun Cutty! Just noticed your signature line...:lol2: