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Handbook on Japanese Knives and Sharpening Techniques

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Product Information

  • Brand:Seibundo Shinkosha
  • Author:TsukiyamaHamono
  • ISBN-13:978-4416615737
  • Total number of pages:143 pages
  • Product type:Japanese-English Bilingual Books
  • Country of origin:Japan
  • Dimensions (approx):229 x 140 x 25 mm
  • Item weight (approx):270 g
  • Shipping weight (approx):270 g

Key Features

  • This English-Japanese bilingual book shows types of knife used in Japan including Western/Chinese knives, features, basic knowledge, maintenance/storage method, as well as culture and techniques of knife sharpening with whetstones.


  • CHAPTER 1: Types of Knife with Images
  • CHAPTER 2: Sites of Knife Manufacturing
  • CHAPTER 3: Basics of Knives
  • CHAPTER 4: Professional Knives
  • CHAPTER 5: Japanese Natural Whetstones
  • CHAPTER 6: Mining Sites of Natural Whetstones
  • CHAPTER 7: Natural Whetstones in Geology
  • CHAPTER 8: Activities of TOGIBUNKA Association
  • CHAPTER 9: Knife Sharpening Knowledge (Yanagiba Knife, Deba Knife, Gyuto Knife)
  • CHAPTER 10: Repairment
  • CHAPTER 11: Maintenance
  • CHAPTER 12: Cutting in Science
  • CHAPTER 13: Customization
  • CHAPTER 14: Young Blacksmiths Leading Generation


Author: TsukiyamaHamono
TsukiyamaHamono was established in 1945. They put a signboard saying, “Knife Sharpening Professionals” at the shop entrance and customers keep coming in for one-on-one knife sharpening workshop by reservation only. The workshop started in August 2010 and their students amounted to 620 as of 2014. They have been spreading the joy of knife sharpening as well as its importance through the activities or events held by “Sharpness Study Group – Tsuki No Kai” and “Japan Houchou Togi Association (JaHTA)”.