About Us

Founded in 2011 and one of the UK's best rated Japanese knife and accessory shops, our focus has always been primarily on Japanese chef knives and the many varied tools and supporting items used in kitchens around the world.

A truly sharp quality knife is something we believe everyone should own and nothing beats the quality and edge retention of a Japanese knife!

Our mission is to help our customers find and buy the best knife for them and because we appreciate that a quality knife is can be a significant investment, we only sell knives and accessories that we'd be happy to pay for and own ourselves.

We're a family run small business

Over the years we've enjoyed testing and using the wide range of knives we stock and we remain a deliberately small family run business which means we can read every email and message and personally wrap every one of your orders (and draft in extra generations of family members when it's busy!)


Our son sometimes "helps" label knives and Ally's parents come out of retirement to help during holidays!


A photo of Ally and James visiting Japan in 2018
Ally & James visiting Japan in 2018

We continue to provide the highest level of service and advice to our many happy customers both in the UK and around the world.


Ally & James Young


Advice and feedback

Need some help choosing the right knife? We've got a great guide on choosing the right Japanese chef knife for your cooking needs and if you have any other questions you are always welcome to contact us

Helping you pick the right tool for the job makes us happy!