A Japanese kitchen knife is modeled after Katana (Japanese sword) and its sharpness fascinates chefs all over the world. The big difference between a Japanese and Western kitchen knife is that the former is single-bevel, while the latter is double-bevel. A single-bevel knife cuts into slightly to left and separates parts of ingredients more easily, so it makes your chopping faster. It also provides a clean cut surface without damaging the ingredient’s tissue.

It is staple to use a Japanese kitchen knife in order to learn techniques for Japanese cuisine.

Deba knife is used in Japanese restaurants to fillet a whole fish without damaging its flesh. They come in different sizes, sometimes up to 30 cm (12 inches) in length.

Yanagiba knife, also known as sashimi knife, has a long slender blade and which severs fibers in the fish flesh perfectly. Japanese chefs use this knife for preparing sashimi or nigiri sushi.

Kama-Asa welcome customers with a wide range of good tools with a reason. When visiting store, you are able to touch each tool to experience how good tools feel like. Well-known for good design items and one of the most popular store in Kappabashi area

■Store Information
Name: Kama Asa
Tel: 81-(0)3-3841-9355
Address: 2-24-1 Matsugaya Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open Hours:
10:00 to 17:30
Regular Holiday: No Information
Website: http://www.kama-asa.co.jp/en/

Specializing Japanese kitchen knife, Tsubaya attracts many of tourist with its history of 62 years.

■Store Information
Name: Cutlery Tsubaya
Tel: 81-(0)3-3845-2005
Address: 3-7-2 Nishi-Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open Hours:
9:00 – 17:45 Monday to Saturday
9:00 to 16:45 Sunday and Holiday
Regular Holiday: No Information
Website: http://tsubaya.co.jp/

Established in 1923 with a history spanning four generations, Asakusa cutlery maker Kamata Hakensha knows how to slice it. This company’s 800-strong product lineup includes top-grade handmade knives as well as factory-made ranges.

■Store Information
Name: Kamata Hakensha
Tel: 81-(0)3-3841-4205
Address: 2-12-6 Matsugaya Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open Hours:
10:00 to 18:00 Monday to Saturday
10:30 to 17:30 Sunday and National Holidays
Regular Holiday: No Information
Website: http://www.kap-kam.com/index_english.html