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The most well-known and the oldest (over 150 year’s history) knife maker of traditional Japanese style knives. The “MASAMOTO” brand is a mark of excellence in quality and performance, and a choice of professional and celebrity chefs.

With over 150 years of knife-making history and craftsmanship, Masamoto-Sohonten Ltd. Is the No.1 maker of Sushi Chef knives in Japan. Even if you are not a professional Sushi Chef, surely you must have heard the name Masamoto at least once!

Records indicate that Minosuke Matsuzawa (1st generation), the founder of Masamoto, was born in the year 1845. In his youth, he frequently visited all of knife making places in search for new knife making techniques and he devoted all his life (47 years) to studying and making kitchen knives. He often told people that “Because I decided to dedicate my life to making kitchen knives, I want to make the best knives possible so that Masamoto name is remembered throughout the ages.”.

For five generations, Minosuke’s passion and spirit have been kept alive by Masamoto’s craftsmen and now his dream has come true; Masamoto is now the premier brand for professional-quality Japanese kitchen knives. The current president of Masamoto, Masahiro Hirano, who is a direct descendant of Minosuke, says, “I believe our tradition and the passion of our craftsmen live in each knives we produce, and that through the hands of the people who use them, it will reach the hearts of the people who enjoy the dishes that they make.”

We are very pleased to be able to offer you kitchen knives made by the legendary Masamoto!