Highly rated by Japanese chefs, the hand-made Japanese carbon steel knife set was awarded the Omotenashi Selection 2016 Gold Award

(PR NewsChannel) / March 2, 2016 / TOKYO 

The OMOTENASHI Selection project chooses original, high quality products and services, designed and produced in Japan, to promote Japanese innovation around the world.

In 2016, a total of 90 Japanese products and services were selected.

The gold prize was awarded to the Hand-made Japanese Carbon Steel Knife Set manufactured and sold by Kamata Knife Shop.

The judges were particularly impressed by the exceptional quality of the finished products, and by the company’s commitment to carrying on the traditional knife sharpening techniques that have been passed down for 3 generations. The news will be announced worldwide together with the ‘OMOTENASHI’ promotional banne

Handmade Japanese knives that carry on almost a century of Japanese tradition

OMOTENASHI Selection 2016 Gold Award Recipient Hand-made Japanese Carbon Steel Knife, set of 2 knives

OMOTENASHI Selection 2016

Kamata Knife Shop boasts more than 90 years of tradition, with fine-tuned knife sharpening techniques that have been passed down through 3 generations.

Each knife is personally and meticulously sharpened by 3rd generation sharpening master, Seiichi Kamata, and this attention to detail has earned recognition from not only chefs in Japan, but also worldwide.

The specially crafted “Yasuki Shirogami Nigo Steel” knife set is the perfect addition to your kitchen, providing a sharp edge that surprises even the most discerning of chefs.

To celebrate the prize, Kamata Knife Shop’s Hand-made Japanese Carbon Steel Knife Set will be exhibited and sold at the ‘OMOTENASHI Selection 2016’ event held at the Takashimaya Nihombashi store (2-4-1 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo) between Wednesday, 2nd March and Tuesday, 8th March.

Product summary

Hand-made Japanese Carbon Steel Knife Set

These kitchen knives are hand made by experienced craftsmen in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture. The area is well known for kitchen knives that use the highly prized “Yasuki Shirogami Nigo Steel” manufactured in the Yasuki Factory of Hitachi Metals. The set is made up of two basic types of kitchen knives, and comes with a hard, protective case.

Seiichi Kamata, owner of Kamata Hakensha, personally sharpens these kitchen knives with extra attention to detail. This type of dedication has led to wide support from chefs all around the world.

Price: ¥29,100 (including consumption tax)

OMOTENASHI Selection 2016 Gold Award Recipient “Yasuki Shirogami Nigo Steel” set of 2 knives

Third generation owner, Seiichi Kamata

Company Profile

Established in 1923, Kamata Knife Shop is THE store for specialized kitchen knives. The main shop, which is located in the famous Asakusa Kappabashi Kitchen Tool Street in Tokyo, has a 92-year history. Professional knife sharpening craftsmanship has been passed down through four generations. In the main shop, we carry a large assortment of more than 800 types of knives from excellent handmade items using traditional, centuries` old Japanese techniques, to high quality items using modern equipment.

The extra sharp and esthetically beautiful knives are highly valued by professional cooks, individuals looking for the perfect kitchen knives to be used in the home, as well as for souvenirs by visitors to Japan.

Company Information:

  • Company Name: Kamata Knife Shop
  • Address: 〒111-0036
    2-12-6 Matsugaya, Daito-ku,
    Tokyo, Japan
  • Website : http://www.kap-kam.com/

About OMOTENASHI Selection

Omotenashi is a word and feeling in Japanese which conveys a sense of great customer service and hospitality; not just welcoming but with a gentle touch to make other people feel special and more comfortable.

There are many products and services in Japan developed with a sense of omotenashi; some are developed with a customer focus, while others have sought to improve traditional ideas or techniques with modern twists. It is through the spirit of omotenashi that many Japanese products and services aim to enhance the quality of life and this is one of the things that makes Japanese products exceptional.

The OMOTENASHI Selection values these original Japanese creations. The judges are Japanese and non-Japanese with a good understanding of Japan, and suitable products and services are chosen with an eye on international tastes.

In 2016, the second year of the selection, 90 products and services were selected from 274 applicants and gold prizes were awarded to the top 23.

OMOTENASHI Selection website:  http://omotenashinippon.jp/selection

Media contact

Kamata Knife Shop, Seiichi Kamata, Owner

Phone: 03-3841-4205 (+81-3-3841-4205)


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