Going to Tokyo in October

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  1. Sep 13, 2019 #1

    Stnakamu

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    Gonna be in tokyo for a trip does anyone know of any cool knife stores that I should check out in the city? I found Tsukiji masamoto as a store to go see but was wondering if you guys had any other suggestions? Where are Konosukes sold in Japan?
     
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    Try using the search function and just type in 'Tokyo'. This has been discussed alot. Not a clue on the Konos.
     
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    Tsukiji and Kappabashi both have a number of traditional knife shops.
    The shopping area around the old Tsukiji market still exist and still has the knife shops, great street food and restaurants. It's always worth a visit to eat, regardless of knives.
    Kappabashi has more interesting cookware and restaurant supplies.

    TF is great if you like his knives (I do)! It's one of the few opportunities to meet an actual knife maker in a big city.
    Shigeharu in Kyoto is another.

    I also highly recommend the Kiya Cutlery shop, designed by Mandai Architects, in Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi.
    This shop has "museum like" merchandising of high end knives.
    Great if you're in Roppongi or don't have time to go all the way to TF or Kappabashi.
    Tokyo Midtown also has great museums and restaurants. I especially like the 21 21 Design Museum.
    https://whenin.tokyo/Nihonbashi-Kiya-Tokyo-Midtown
     
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    Thanks for the information will defiantly try to check out Tsukiji!!! And hopefully I can get my friends to visit kappabashi.
     
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    in Tsukiji you have
    -Tsukiji Masamoto
    -Tsukiji Masahira
    -Aritsugu Tokyo

    Great selection ! they open very early from 6am and close also around 3pm !!
     
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    From what I have been told konosuke is almost strictly export only. I have yet to see any konosuke knives in japan . I’m heading to japan myself in 2 weeks. Are you only going to Tokyo?
     
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    Nenohi/Nenox in Tsukiji market also.

    Konosuke address:
    〒590-0953 大阪府堺市堺区甲斐町東4丁3番26号
    4-3-26 Kainocho-higashi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka, 590-0953 JAPAN
     
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    Definitely want to buy something masamoto!
     
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    Awww shux were only going to be in Tokyo
     
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    konosuke showroom is your bet if you want konosuke but thats is sakai/osaka

    but if you are only in tokyo, then the knife shops listed above + sugimoto in the tsukiji outer markets, kappabashi and the odd and end place may be your best bet
     
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    i got a Deba WS2, Gyuto V1 and petty V1. the deba and and the Guyto are fantastic. for the petty I wished they had something between 120mm and 15omm.

    Have fun !
     
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    Morihei was an absolute blast. My #1 recommndation.

    I was fortunate enough to be able to speak a bit of Japanese and was shown into the super secret room, filled with various treasures. He's got a good interpreter there as well, so in general, it'll be a fun adventure!
     
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    Did you spend abit while you were there?

    Access to that room/upstairs are only normally reserved for those who have dropped alot of money there. At least for non- japanese speakers anyways.

    Just curious if speaking Japanese help get you access.
     
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    Picked up a Ku Kato and a few other things, but I was shown the room/second floor before I picked up the items. Perhaps, I was just lucky and he was feeling generous then. He does suss you out to see if you know your stuff before bringing you up to the secret room, though.

    Sadly, no photo-taking of his secret room, but suffice it to say, treasures abounded, with corresponding price tags ):

    In general, I think that speaking Japanese definitely opens up doors that non-Japanese speakers would never be able to access. The people there have a wealth of knowledge, but aren't always confident with their English, so if you can speak at least a little Japanese, they would be more forthcoming.

    I've made some awesome friends and had fulfilling experiences hanging out at local-only places in Japan from the 3 times I've visited. Being able to speak the language was the pre-requisite to that.
     
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    Lucky you. Have been upstairs a few times but it’s never a cheap experience. This no photo policy must be new.
     
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    Keep in mind Tsukiji Masamoto is a different company than Masamoto Sohonten (of KS fame)
     
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    oh shux I didnt know that. thanks for the heads up.
     
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    They have the roots however. it's just the company was split.

    it
     
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    Thanks for all of your suggestions. Ended up going to Kappabashi district. There were a lot of great knife shops there. Ended up buying a deba and petty from Tsubaya. Also went to see Tsukiji market and their knife shops. All stores were very impressive.
     
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    Kappbashi district was so impressive. Definitely spent some money there.
     
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    Haha, you’re right about that. Still a cool experience though. Shame about this new photo policy, but I’m sure he has his reasons.
     

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