Knife-sharpening at centuries-old knife maker

Knife-sharpening at centuries-old knife maker

Duration: About 1 hour

Learn the philosophy behind monozukuri from highly skilled craftsmen.
Kitchen knife maker Kikuichi Monju Shiro Kanenaga has over 750 years of history, having started out as a swordsmith in the Kamakura era (1185-1333). With easy-to-follow instruction, learn traditional skills from craftsmen and experience sharpening and inscribing knives. See how difficult-to-sharpen kitchen knives can be beautifully restored. Finish up by carving your name or that of a loved one to make a unique souvenir. Name inscribing is carried out on a metal plate using a special chisel known as a tagane.

[About Kikuichi Monju Shiro Kanenaga]
The handmade knives of Kikuichi Monju Shiro Kanenaga, which has over 750 years of history, having started out as a swordsmith in the Kamakura era, are made one at a time with carefully selected steel, traditional forging methods and an uncompromising eye to blade quality. A knife-sharpening area was recently established within the main store to help customers get many more years of good use out of their kitchen knives. It is here that the knife-sharpening and inscribing class takes place. This experience has become popular and has been featured by the media, including Sankei Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun newspapers. Kikuichi Monju Shiro Kanenaga is also famous outside Japan and has an outlet in New York City.

Program & Schedule

  • Knife-sharpening experience (approx. 30 minutes)

    ・ Demonstration and explanation of knife sharpening by craftsmen

    ・ Knife-sharpening experience

  • Name-inscribing experience (approx. 30 minutes)

    Demonstration by craftsmen

    Experience inscribing a name onto a metal plate



Terms and condition

  • Number of participants: 5 to 10 (rotation of two groups of five is possible)

  • Availability: May 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only)

  • Unavailable days: Weekdays (Monday to Friday)