|Above, the Kamaasa Knife Co. knife store in Kappabashi. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Last year, one of my tasks to do in Japan was to pick up a chef's knife for my roommate Jessica. Prior to my trip to Japan, we checked online for a quality knife shop in Tokyo's Kappabashi ("Kitchen Town") section and settled on the Kamaasa Knife Company's store. They had quality knives at reasonable prices.
We were so pleased about the knife that I bought two more from Kamaasa this year, one for my daughter and one for use in the new motorhome.
|Above, as this view of the Kamaasa Knife Co. store from the outside|
shows, there's plenty of knifes to choose from. Photo by Armand Vaquer.
Savvy Tokyo has an article on "Knife Shopping In Kappabashi" which focuses on two knife shops, one of which is Kamaasa.
They begin their article with:
ONE OF THE MOST SATISFYING SHOPPING TRIPS IN TOKYO WOULD HAVE TO BE TO THE AREA CALLED KAPPABASHI, OR KITCHEN TOWN. HERE THE MAIN STREET IS LINED WITH STORES SELLING THE MOST WONDERFUL ARRAY OF ITEMS TO STOCK ANY KITCHEN OR RESTAURANT. IT IS ALONG THIS STREET THAT TWO RIVAL KNIFE SHOPS, ONLY A BLOCK APART, OFFER THEIR WARES. UNLIKE MANY OF THE SMALLER ESTABLISHMENTS THAT SELL KNIVES IN KAPPABASHI, THE KAMAASA AND KAMATA STORES SELL TOP-OF-THE-RANGE, ARTISAN-MADE JAPANESE STEEL KNIVES.If you are looking to buy fine Japanese cutlery or are just curious about Kappabashi, the article is an excellent read.
To read the article, go here.