The famous Kappabashi Dougu Street in Tokyo is world famous for restaurant supplies and food related tools.
The knife shop called Tsubaya is the one of the smallest and oldest kitchen knife shops on this street.
Tsubaya was a normal cutlery store when they began1952 until 1981, when the first owner was traveling the world. Upon his travels, he recognized how great the Japanese knife is, so he built Tsubaya as a specialized Japanese kitchen knife shop in Kappabashi. Recently, Kappabashi street is famous for Japanese knife shops, but at the time, Tsubaya was the only one of it’s kind.
Tsubaya in 1981’s
This tiny shop Tsubaya can be crowded with only 5-6 people inside, but has over 1500 uncovered knives on display. For ten years, they have decided for this based on the concept that they believed that the knives should be held and felt.
They have a variety of knives based on the shape, steel and type and this is based off of their eclectic and varying clientele. The customers range between professional to home users, collectors from all over the world, as well as knife makers. Recently, there are only a few blacksmith/ sharpeners around the Tokyo area, so to fill the gap between “customers” and “makers”, the owner and staff communicate very often with craftsman. Tsubaya knives are made from this kind of communication within the community.
Inside of shop
The priorities at Tsubaya are found in- store, based on the importance of knife-aftercare. The knife can be used over 10 years if you care for the knife. Sometimes a craftsman, or shop will start to sell knives primarily through the internet, without placing any importance of aftercare. The signature of “Tsubaya (つば屋)” means they will have responsible un til the knife gets small and can’t be used anymore.
The craftsmen and makers who have partnered with Tsubaya have been loyal, based on their care policy. This is the root of Tsubaya.
Made by master craft s people representing specialty areas of Japan such as Sakai, Sanjo, Seki, Tanegashima, and Tosa. They are working for Tsubaya to make the best quality knives for people who seek them. Outside of Japan, you can also purchase these knives at Tosho Knife Arts (Toronto/ Canada) and Ai & Om knives (Vancouver/ Canada) where they cooperate in business with Tsubaya.
I hope every people use the quality knives someday.
3-7-2, Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0035, JAPAN
Email firstname.lastname@example.org WEB http://tsubaya.co.jp/
AM 9:00 〜 PM 5:45
AM 9:00 〜 PM 4:45 (Sunday・Holiday)
Tosho Knife Arts (Canada, Toronto)
Ai and Om (Canada, Vancouver)