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 will be a one to five year commitment, depending on the applicant’s previous experience with blacksmithing. You will need to find accommodation in Niigata area, where Masashi Hamono is located. You must also be eligible and willing to apply for a Japanese work visa.
For many years Masashi had worked with his older brother, Kazomi Yamamoto, at Yoshikane Hamono. In 2013 he started his own workshop. Despite Masashi’s young age he makes some beautifully polished, crazy sharp blades. He currently works entirely by himself, and all of his knives are handmade.
The right applicant will have a dedication to craftsmanship, an interest in immersing themselves in Japanese culture, and will enjoy hard work in the challenging environment of a Hamono (blade shop). This is a job posting and a life changer. Blacksmithing is hard work and a serious career. This is not a job to be taken lightly.
You can see some of Masashi's kniveson our website.