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Small Makers Collection: Sakai Takayuki

Small Makers Collection: Sakai Takayuki

by Naoto Fujimoto August 21, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

Sakai Takayuki is another brand in Sakai, perhaps the most well known brand in the region. Sakai Takayuki was founded in 1947 as a distributor of Sakai knives, which actually makes them a relatively new company in the area (some  Sakai companies have been around more than 100 years). Despite...
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Small Makers Collection: Tosa Uchi Hamono

Small Makers Collection: Tosa Uchi Hamono

by Naoto Fujimoto August 21, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

This article in part of our Small Makers Collection. This series celebrates blacksmiths that make some of our favourite hand-made blades, but not enough for us to stock full time. You can learn more about our Small Makers Collection here. In Japan, people REALLY like ranking things, such as “The 3...
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Small Makers Collection: Sakai Kikumori and Yoshikazu Tanaka-san

Small Makers Collection: Sakai Kikumori and Yoshikazu Tanaka-san

by Naoto Fujimoto August 11, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

This article in part of our Small Makers Collection. This series celebrates blacksmiths that make some of our favourite hand-made blades, but not enough for us to stock full time. You can learn more about our Small Makers Collection here. Sakai Kikumori was founded in 1926 by Kawamura Hamono, as...
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Small Maker's Collection: Sakai Knives

Small Maker's Collection: Sakai Knives

by Naoto Fujimoto August 07, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

This article in part of our Small Makers Collection. This series celebrates blacksmiths that make some of our favourite hand-made blades, but not enough for us to stock full time. You can learn more about our Small Makers Collection here. Sakai is a city in Osaka prefecture, the 2nd largest metropolitan...
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Small Makers Collection: Kisuke Manaka-san

Small Makers Collection: Kisuke Manaka-san

by Naoto Fujimoto August 05, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

This article in part of our Small Makers Collection. This series celebrates blacksmiths that make some of our favourite hand-made blades, but not enough for us to stock full time. You can learn more about our Small Makers Collection here. There are many hidden, unknown and remote blacksmiths in Japan. Once...
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My Love Affair with Kobayashi Damascus Knives

My Love Affair with Kobayashi Damascus Knives

by Kevin Kent May 26, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

My favourite knife changes often. I’m fickle and flighty, always looking for the new shiny thing or rediscovering one from the past. You need to understand that I have an embarrassingly large collection of knives that I rotate through my kitchen every 50 days or so. My favourites change often...
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Excerpt: The Knifenerd Guide to Japanese Knives by Kevin Kent

Excerpt: The Knifenerd Guide to Japanese Knives by Kevin Kent

by Kevin Kent January 15, 2020 9 min read 0 Comments

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BLACKSMITH Photography by Visti Kjar, downnorthphotography.com March 16, 2018 7 a.m. BreakfastThe alarm dings. Yoshimi Kato’s day begins with family time and asa-gohan (breakfast). Today’s menu is not unusual: natto, rice, miso soup and coffee. Probably the most common Japanese breakfast, it’s delicious...
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Blacksmith Profile: Yoshimi Kato

Blacksmith Profile: Yoshimi Kato

by Kevin Kent January 15, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

This article is an excerpt and expanded article from the book The Knifenerd guide to Japanese knives by Kevin Kent in which Kevin Kent, the Knifenerd, takes us behind the scenes with a personal look into the lives, skills and artistry of the blacksmiths who make the world’s finest knives. I have known...
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Blacksmith Profile: Katsushige Anryu

Blacksmith Profile: Katsushige Anryu

by Kevin Kent January 15, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

This article is an excerpt from the book The Knifenerd guide to Japanese knives by Kevin Kent in which Kevin Kent, the Knifenerd, takes us behind the scenes with a personal look into the lives, skills and artistry of the blacksmiths who make the world’s finest knives. With his shock of white hair,...
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Blacksmith Profiles: Yu Kurosaki

Blacksmith Profiles: Yu Kurosaki

by Kevin Kent January 15, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

This article is an excerpt from the book The Knifenerd guide to Japanese knives by Kevin Kent in which Kevin Kent, the Knifenerd, takes us behind the scenes with a personal look into the lives, skills and artistry of the blacksmiths who make the world’s finest knives. “Let’s drink beer!” That’s how Yu...
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The Higo no kami: The Littlest Knife that Could

The Higo no kami: The Littlest Knife that Could

by Owen Whitinger October 21, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

Ever since I was a little kid, I always liked the idea of carrying a pocket knife. One of my personal heroes and life coaches at the time was none other than the incomparable Crocodile Dundee. To the best of my recollection, Crocodile Dundee is the absolute best movie ever...
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Japan's New Era: A short history of the Imperial Family of Japan

Japan's New Era: A short history of the Imperial Family of Japan

by Naoto Fujimoto June 19, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

On April 30th 2019, Emperor Akihito of Japan abdicated his 30 year throne, marking the end of Heisei era. On May 1 his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, was enthroned as the Emperor of Japan and the Reiwa era began. Japan uses the era system. Everytime the emperor changes, the name...
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Takamura Hamono celebrates Medal of Honour from the Emperor of Japan!

Takamura Hamono celebrates Medal of Honour from the Emperor of Japan!

by Naoto Fujimoto March 28, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

This year,  Toshiyuki Takamura, father of Terukazu Takamura, received the  Medal of Honour from the Emperor of Japan for his efforts, accomplishments, and contributions to knife making. To commemorate his father’s extraordinary accomplishments, Takamura Hamono has produced a limited edition R2 Tsuchime Santoku knife. Only 100 of them are in existence.  And we have the...
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Kevin's Favourite Restaurant

Kevin's Favourite Restaurant

by Kevin Kent January 15, 2018 4 min read 0 Comments

  One of my strongest food memories was of a 2 a.m. picnic on my first day in Beirut, Lebanon in 1999. I’d freshly left my wallet, containing almost all of my money and cards, in a taxi. I had about $20 in cash left and was feeling frantic. After...
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Lordy in Japan: Part 2

Lordy in Japan: Part 2

by Chris Lord August 16, 2017 8 min read 0 Comments

 If you recall, Kevin brought me along to Japan to get ready for the Fall Garage Sale. I happily accepted the challenge and had a blast while there. So far we visited the Takefu Gang, Fujiwara, Masashi, Hinoura (Tsukasa and Matsumi, father and son), the factories of Tadafusa and...
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Armitage in Japan: The Conclusion

Armitage in Japan: The Conclusion

by Kris Armitage September 02, 2016 3 min read 0 Comments

Kris Armitage, the Manager of our Edmonton shop, got to tag-along with Kevin on a pre-Garage Sale trip to Japan. You can catch part 1 here and part 2 here. And now here's the conclusion to Kris’s adventure.  --- After an unforeseen stop-over in Kanazawa, we made our way to Tsubame...
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Armitage in Japan Part 2: Takefu Knife Village

Armitage in Japan Part 2: Takefu Knife Village

by Kris Armitage August 25, 2016 3 min read 0 Comments

Kris Armitage, the Manager of our Edmonton shop, got to tag-along with Kevin on a pre-Garage Sale trip to Japan. The fellas visited several of our favourite blacksmiths, ate a tonne of food, drank all of the sake in several cities and sang some karaoke with Takamura-san. If you missed...
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Armitage in Japan: Part 1

Armitage in Japan: Part 1

by Kris Armitage August 05, 2016 3 min read 0 Comments

Kris Armitage, the Manager of our Edmonton shop, got to tag-along with Kevin on a pre-Garage Sale trip to Japan. The fellas visited several of our favourite blacksmiths, ate a tonne of food, drank all of the sake in several cities and sang some karaoke with Takamura-san. ---   How...
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Blacksmith’s Apprentice Wanted

Blacksmith’s Apprentice Wanted

by Mason Hastie April 29, 2016 1 min read 0 Comments

UPDATE: The apprentice position has been filled! Don't give up on the dream though! Masashi Yamamoto will soon be looking for an English-speaking apprentice to train in the trade of making Japanese style blades. This apprentice should also be a native English speaker who can help him learn English. This...
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Fujimoto Sensei on Ramen

Fujimoto Sensei on Ramen

by Naoto Fujimoto March 04, 2016 4 min read 0 Comments

Until very recently, most North American people didn’t know anything about Ramen, maybe just Ichibans or instant Ramen. Today, Ramen is the one of the most popular Japanese foods in North America and its popularity is growing. Ramen is soul food for the Japanese people. There are over 35 000...
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