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Kappabashi Tsubaya Japanese Kitchen Knife Cutlery Shop at Tokyo, Asakusa, English and Chinese speakers available in store.
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Neighborhood: Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Nov 2019
We were referred to this specialty knife store by a British traveller while we were shopping in the Kappabashi kitchen street area. He stated that Tsubaya knife store had the best selection and offered high quality kitchen knives in Tokyo. The shop itself is very small and narrow and at best could only hold three to four maximum customers. Even then it was hard to maneuver inside. Small as the shop may be, they had an amazing open collection of knives on both sides of the wall and some in glass cases. You would have to be a connoisseur of specialty knives to appreciate owning one. The gentleman that we met by chance stated he always visit this shop when in Japan. We had a good visit but did not purchase any. One would have to do a little more homework before purchasing such a special expensive item.
Written May 14, 2020
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Ingo Scheider
Hamburg, Germany109 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Somebody within TripAdvisor has said, this is Olivanders shop. And I fully agree. So I Must repeat this Headline.

In the beginning you will be checked by the shop owner, what you might need, which knife might be fitting to you.

And the knife is choosing you....
And the shop owner was done. It was not the expensive knife, it was the fitting one.

We had to convince him, that we want two more knifes for different purposes.

And all the time he was checking which knife was choosing us.

We left totally satisfied this magic shop.
Written July 19, 2019
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NorthStar624669
California4 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
After going into several other stores along Kappabashi and not getting the time of day, we wandered into this tiny store and got personal attention once the previous customers had cleared out. Before you set out to buy a Japanese knife it is best if you can answer the following:

Do you want a Japanese shaped knife or a western shaped knife? I knew I wanted what in the west is called a "Chef's Knife" because I like the curved blade end, rather than the flatter Japanese shapes.

Do you want a Japanese handle or a western handle? Japanese believe extending the steel all the way into the handle is a waste of good steel, however in the west it's a sign of good craftsmanship. In addition the shape of the handles themselves are different. I wanted a western style handle because the full tang gave better balance in my opinion. I put the Japanese style handle in my hand and knew if I bought that knife it would never leave the drawer.

What length of knife do you want? I guessed 9 inches.

Can you honestly put in the effort to keep a carbon steel knife from rusting? You'll need to wipe down and clean the knife immediately after using, and keep it oiled if you don't force a patina. One of my friends knew this was not happening for her so she got stainless steel. Another got powdered steel. I got carbon steel, the hardest to sharpen and maintain, but I knew what I was getting into.

With those 4 questions answered you can whittle your knife choices down to what matters and get the knife in your hands. It truly is like choosing a wand in Harry Potter. You don't really choose the knife, the knife chooses you.
Written May 1, 2019
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Donald S
1 contribution
Oct 2018 • Business
Be sure to inspect your blades before you purchase it. I found a defect on one of three blades after I purchased them. When I brought it to the attention of the owner he said no problem. I told him that it affects the look of the knife he said no problem. Little did he know I understood a disparaging remark the owner made to the clerk in Japanese about my complaint.
If I had known how I would be treated at the store, I would have bought the knives at another store in the same area.
Written October 27, 2018
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Anton R
London, UK8 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
I was travelling in Japan visiting when a friend back home recommended getting a Japanese Chef Knife, i googled a few places and saw Tsubaya and thought I’d try my luck to see if i could find something good.

I didnt know anything about the different Japanese steels and characters of the knives.

When i arrived i was amazed by how many Knives there were, they had a massive selection with many different handles and made from many different steels.

The manager at the shop was really friendly and had very good English. Even though the shop was quite busy with Japanese customers he made time for me and asked me about my needs and preferences. He explained to me the different knives and the difference between stainless and Carbon Steel blades. I walked away buying a beautiful Santoku and two sharpening stones.

When i got back to my hotel i sent pictures back home and my family was really impressed, so much so that they made me go back on my last day to get them some as well.

On my second visit i bought another beautiful Santoku (Ginsan Mirror Polished Santoku) and a paring knife and two petty knives.

They wrapped up the Knives in Japanese newspaper and put them in really nice presentation boxes.

On both occasions the manager gave me a free gift of nail clippers, and small scissors that have a magnet to stick to your fridge.

All in all, defintely a 5 star shop.
Written March 4, 2018
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NormG1
East Brunswick, NJ95 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
As the sales person said, in excellent English, "we have more than 1,000 knives..".

The advantage of this store is that all of the knives are out for you to pickup and test balance. There's a a wooden slab to serve a pseudo cutting board so you test the rocking motion you would use. Most of the other knife stores in Kappabashi display their stock insde the box in a way that makes it harder to pick up test the feel of the knife in your hand.

The stainless steel knives and the more rust-prone carbon steel knives are clearly marked. I return here every time I am in Tokyo to buy gifts.

They also stock a large assortment of sharpening stones as well as the stone holders and the tools needed to keep the stone surfaces flat.
Written November 26, 2019
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lecouplez
Swieqi, Malta100 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
We bought 8pcs knives from this shop. The president/ owner of the shop is very friendly and helpful and he can speak very good English too. The sharpener is very helpful too. The other staff just ok...some of them can't speak English and not so friendly and less patient and if you ask many questions they get angry too...so it depends on who you meet...
Written May 1, 2018
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Shing Tai Nevin N
1 contribution
Feb 2017 • Solo
Bought two knives from Tsubaya and their staffs were very nice. Full varieties of cutlery, definitely a must visit place!
Written February 5, 2017
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David
19 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
The staff was very attentive to what I was asking for and provided many options that suited my needs. I went to a few stores in the area before deciding to buy here. I can't give enough praise to the worker who helped me out. My only complaint would be that the engraving of my name is not very visible on my Damascus blade. Still I highly recommend Tsubaya.
Written October 10, 2019
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Sławomir B
20 contributions
Oct 2018
Amazing places and very proffesional staff. I've bought there one of my favourite Japanese kitchen knife
Written September 2, 2019
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