We specialise in finding a great selection of hand crafted Japanese kitchen knives but as their popularity soars with our customers, the limited nature of the product and the time they take to make can natuarally result in long lead times for new stock and a lot of enquiries.
Even for knives from some of the bigger workshops the lead time can be months and with a growing number of blacksmiths that time is often now a year or more and when it comes to the extreme end with knives like Nigara Hamono's Troll Killer or knives from Shoichi Hashimoto not only is the lead time very long but the quantity being made is literally in single figures and with collectors all around the world they are incredibly difficult to source.
We often plan our orders more than year in advance but even so, having items out of stock for extended periods is unfortunately just the nature of the product despite our best efforts.
If the product you're currently interested is not be available, we're always happy recommend an alternative if we can.
Can you tell me as soon as stock arrives?
Yes of course. There are a few ways to stay up to date:
Sign up to our stock updates newsletter
We send out a regular short (usually two a month) email newsletter just highlighting which items have been restocked and new arrivals so this is a great way to stay up to date on the latest stock.
Specific product updates
If you'd like to be notified when a specific product comes back into stock - you can add your email by clicking the "Back in stock update" button on that product. We send one email per product and never use that email for marketing, it's just for stock notification.
Why do we show out of stock products?
After years of speaking with new and repeat customers, many people are willing to wait for the knives we sell on the site because they appreciate that the blacksmiths who make these knives are only able to supply small amounts and the wait is worth it. It also means you can request a stock notification so as soon as it does come back into stock we can send you an alert.