Searching all of Japan for handcrafted items that express its heart and soul, our proprietor, KASHIYUKA, presents things that bring a bit of luxury to everyday life. This trip took her to Tsubame Sanjo in Niigata prefecture, widely regarded as a “handcraft town”, where she came upon handmade kitchen knives in which the spirit of old-world metalsmithing still resides.
This visit I totally fell for the thrill of being present at the act of taking something as tough and dense as steel and forming it by hand, piece by piece, into something like a knife. I decided to purchase a refined butcher’s knife, the surface of which is textured to resemble a pear’s skin, thus, the name Nashi-ji (nashi, meaning pear). This absolute masterwork of sharpness is certain to win many admirers overseas.
Nashiji Western Style Kitchen Knife of Aokami Steel by Tadafusa
Left / Nashiji Western-style Kitchen Knife / Double-edged Butcher’s Knife with bolster – Blade length, 180 mm. Overall length, 320 mm, ¥9,500. Right / Small Knife – 125 mm, ¥8,000 Handle is antibacterial, carbonized wood. TADAFUSA 27-16 Higashi-honjoji, Sanjo-city, 955-0823, Niigata, JAPAN TEL0256 32 2184 9 AM -5 PM. Closed on Sundays and national holidays. http://www.tadafusa.com
KASHIYUKAYuka Kashino, known as KASHIYUKA, is a member of the electro-pop group Perfume. Upon completing their Japan arena tour in support of their latest album “Future Pop,” they’ll embark on a world tour, beginning next spring, for shows in North America and Asia. Her favorite architectural work right now is the Teshima Art Museum by Ryue Nishizawa. www.perfume-web.jp