Tips on Sakai made knives
I'm going to Sakai to visit my girlfriend's family and I was thinking about picking up some Sakai made knives. The models I'm looking for are yanagiba, honesuki and deba. I'm happy if I can spend under 50-60.000yen for all knives, with most buck on yanagiba.
I've been looking at this knife shops.
What do you guys think?
If you also would want a gyuto you can't go wrong with a Kono if you want a very good laser. Get a semi stainless HD2 or SLD (GS) series.
Also be on the lookout for Sakai Yusuke and Sakai Ichimonji.
For the profiles you're looking for check out the Kono Fujiyama line. For the yanagiba especially definitely check out Sakai Takayuki and ask for blades from Keijiro Doi. All assuming they have a storefront of course.
If you get a chance stop by Inotada in Osaka
Address3-14-1 Nonoue Habikino-City Osaka 583-0871 JapanPhone81-729-54-2815E-Mailinfo@j...ol-iida.comShop masterTomohito Iida
i dont know if you guys realize that many of the craftsmen are not set up to deal with customers... wholesalers and vendors are different (like konosuke, etc.), but the actual craftsmen rarely have workshops set up to deal with customers/guests.
Does konosuke even have a store front anymore? I thought I read somewhere they don't, it's now just an office for them.
Jon is absolutely right. Most of these makers don't have shops as we would think of in the states.