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Making a kitchen knife as a traditional craft at Sakai, Osaka - Attaching a handle & sharpening

The Japanese knives from the blacksmithing city Sakai have been attracting attention from all over the world in recent years

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A Hands-on Look at Local Sakai Knives and Handicrafts.

At the well-established Wada Shoten founded 150 years ago, you can try out a workshop involving the creation of knives as a traditional craft. Choose the one you like from small knives, pointed carvers, sashimi knives, and all-purpose knives. Try out a sharpening workshop to maintain their cutting ability, and then complete the final process of attaching a handle under the guidance of a craftsman. You can bring your knife back home, so it is also great as a souvenir.

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Photos

  • This is a sharpness test for the edge of a knife on a newspaper. The freshly sharpened knife smoothly goes through it without any effort.

    This is a sharpness test for the edge of a knife on a newspaper. The freshly sharpened knife smoothly goes through it without any effort.

  • Under the magnificent skills of the craftsman, the sharpness is restored in just five minutes. That's just what you would expect from such efficient movements.

    Under the magnificent skills of the craftsman, the sharpness is restored in just five minutes. That's just what you would expect from such efficient movements.

  • Once you actually do it yourself, you find just how difficult it is.

    Once you actually do it yourself, you find just how difficult it is.

  • By pounding the bottom of the handle, you may be worried about the blade popping out, but it smoothly goes into the handle.

    By pounding the bottom of the handle, you may be worried about the blade popping out, but it smoothly goes into the handle.

  • The engraving service is free. However, further discussion is needed for phrases that are quite long.

    The engraving service is free. However, further discussion is needed for phrases that are quite long.

  • After the workshop, tea is also served. Chatting with the craftsman with the completed knife right in front of you is a valuable experience.

    After the workshop, tea is also served. Chatting with the craftsman with the completed knife right in front of you is a valuable experience.

Reviews

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  • Alex

    Letting us the chance to practice with the knife mastered locals and learning a very typical experience.

  • Gary Luscombe

    It was great to learn how to make and take care of high quality Japanese knives from a master with 70 years experience.

  • Meghan

    Learning how a knife was put together and getting to try it for myself.

  • Adrian Cabrera

    The knife sharpening!

  • Ilaria Benetti

    The Museum visit and the explanation on how to Sharp a knife

  • Michele Bezzi

    The explanation about the different knives because I could understand more about the differences and uses for each type. The I liked the sharpening part because it was very interesting seeing how an action. That looks very rough in the end is actually very smooth and precise.

  • Irene Comas Chercoles

    Learning with the masters how to sharp a knife. They were so patient and nice and it’s a good experience cause everything that I learnt I can use it back home.

  • Valb

    Favorite moment was the knife sharpening. I learned something that would be useful to me in the future and the staff was very helpful and friendly. They seemed very engaged about teaching us the basics of knife sharpening and providing everyone with a full experience, even if we were running a bit out of time. Taking the knife home is also very lovely.

  • Christine

    Seeing the workers perfect the knives and being able to help put them together as well.

  • Drewe

    Sharpening and putting handles on the knifes, learning about the process to create a knife, hearing from the workers who have been making knives for their whole life, and being able to take home your own knife.

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Experience information

Name of facility
Wada Shoten
Name of experience
Making a kitchen knife as a traditional craft @ Sakai, Osaka -Attaching a handle & sharpening-
Address
1-1-1 Shinmeichohigashi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka 590-0935
Business Hours
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Off days
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (open if there is a reservation)
Estimate
8,500 yen (this includes the workshop fee and the knife)
Payment methods
Cash, credit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express), PayPay
Number of guests accepted (groups)
2 to 15 people
Telephone number
072-232-1886
Multilingual support
English guide (reservation required in advance, and there is a separate fee)
Official Website
Official Website (English)