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About us

JapaneseChefs Knife.Com (JCK) was established in 2003, as the direct online sales division of The Kencrest Corporation. JCK stocks a wide range of traditional Japanese Chef's knives from top quality Japanese brands and offers them for sale direct from Japan, at lower than Japanese retail prices.

The Kencrest Corporation has been in the knife export business for over 50 years and is based in Seki-City, Gifu Prefecture; a Japanese knife making capital where fine knives are produced using Samurai sword making traditions that date back over 800 years. We source our knives from specially selected knife makers, both here in Seki and from several other knife making districts in Japan (Such as Sakai, Osaka, Takefu-City, Fkui and Sanjo-City, Niigata). We work closely with our top craftsmen to develop new products on a perpetual basis.

We are here to serve your needs and to satisfy all of your demands for Japanese cutlery. Our goal is to export fine Japanese knives all around the world, and to provide our customers with highly satisfying, high quality knives that have amazing cutting performance.

Please feel free to contact us by email, we welcome all of your questions and inquiries about our knives and services.

Thank you for your patronage, we look forward to serving you soon.

 

A Brief History of JapaneseChefsKnife.Com

Message from the Site Owner and Chief Administrator, Koki Iwahara

I can’t believe it has already been 13 years since we first opened the JCK Online shop, back in 2003.

At that time, Japanese style Chef’s knives were almost unknown to the overseas market, so it was a big challenge for us to start retailing our knives to overseas end-users via the internet. Japanese kitchen knives are very different from the German knives that were popular with overseas professional Chef’s and serious home users back then, so we decided that our first step in promoting Japanese knives would be to educate overseas users about the advantages they offered and how they should be used and cared for.

As the number of our overseas customers gradually increased, we began to receive very positive feedback, such as “Amazing sharpness and cutting performance” and “Once I had used the Japanese knife, I stopped using my other knives”. This feedback and support from our customers encouraged us to offer knives from additional Japanese brands on our website and also encouraged us to develop our own original products. Today, we carry over 2000 different knife models and our customers can choose knives from all the major Japanese brands, our own JCK Original line of knives and rare knives made by traditional Japanese Master blacksmiths. Whether you are a novice or professional Chef, JCK has the right knives to meet all of your cutting needs!

From the bottom of our heart, we would like to sincerely thank all of our customers for their business and support. Although the company has grown over these past 13 years, with your continued support, our ongoing mission and commitment to our founding philosophy remains the same: We will continue to make every effort to bring you the very finest Japanese knives at the very best prices possible and to satisfy our customers with excellent service.

Stay Sharp and Happy!!!

Yours faithfully,

Koki Iwahara

Chief Administrator, JapaneseChefsKnife.Com (JCK)

 

The Kencrest Corporation (Japanese Head Office)

1803-5 Oze,Seki City,

Gifu Pref, Japan, Zip 501-3265

Phone:    81-575-38-3019

Fax:         81-575-25-2699

E-mail:     koki@kencrest.us

 

Kencrest USA, Inc.  (US Office)

9325 Lima Ter. S.

Seattle, WA 98118

United States

Phone  858-204-0197