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We visited this shop yesterday with a guide and were able to find out about the owner and his products. He is the 24th generation of his family that have been blacksmiths. He has been making knives and metal products all of his life although...More
The owner is a very nice man and even though he doesn’t really speak English, he can make himself clear and really tries to help you. He makes the knives himself, which was the reason for us to get the knives here and not from...More
Amazing real-deal Japanese knife from a true craftsman! Stainless/high-carbon sandwich. Get the ones with the wooden handles as he made these himself. As someone who enjoys cooking it’s great to have a solid (it’s heavy!) tool and a memory to last a lifetime.
Being a cabinetmaker who uses Japanese chisels and saws on a daily basis I have always wanted a Japanese knife for the kitchen. Went to Shigeharu today and loved the experience of meeting the knife maker and getting shown how to sharpen the knife I...More
I can only agree with all the positive reviews. Amazing to find such an authentic shop in the center of Kyoto! The communication with the owner goes indeed very well in spite of obvious language difficulties. He makes any attempt to be helpful and is...More
Very traditional place to buy a good knife from Japan. Very friendly like all Japanese people. The person at the store also advised us to get the best knife for suited for our needs. The place is super local and has a good selection of...More
The man spoke very little English but knew the key words and communicated through drawings. He engraved my surname on my knife (in Japanese of course) and walked me through how to take care of it. Really glad with my purchase and the experience.
I went to Kyoto wanting to buy a knife and based on reviews went here. Don’t be intimidated by his lack of English as we communicated just fine with pointing, hand gestures and key words. I knew I wanted s knife for vegetables and told...More
FYI, cash only, but well worth it!!! If you want a souvenir (that also happens to be useful) from Japan, this is the place! It is a very small shop with knives handmade by the owner, a very friendly man who speaks little English. He...More
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.