Knife Sharpening and Engraving with TADAFUSA

Knives forged in the Tsubame-Sanjo region of Japan have been prized in Japan since the 19th century, and today they are internationally renowned.

Visitors at Japan House will have the opportunity to view the exceptional craftsmanship of two of Tsubame-Sanjo’s most prestigious bladesmithing workshops with a demonstration on knife sharpening by Sone Tadayuki from Tadafusa, and on engraving by Hinoura Mutsumi, fourth generation craftsman of the Hinoura Hamono workshop. A select number of lucky audience members will also receive a metal plate engraved with a Japanese character of their choice.

About the Makers:

Founded in 1948 by Sone Torasaburo, Tadafusa have spent years making specialized knives that meet the needs of every kind of profession, including those for fishing and agriculture. More recently Tadafusa has used its technical expertise to manufacture culinary knives, from soba knives and other types of knives used by professional chefs, to those knives used in the kitchen at home. Their products are made in response to the needs of customers and have won numerous awards.

For more information visit TADAFUSA website.


Founded in 1905, Hinoura Hamono produce knives using age-old Japanese techniques, overseeing the entire manufacturing process themselves. As a factory that can forge any type of knife, they receive large numbers of orders from around the world for unusually shaped designs. In 2012, the third-generation Hinoura Tsukasa was recognised as a Master of Japanese Traditional Crafts by the Japanese government. He currently runs the workshop with his son Hinoura Mutsumi.

For more information visit Hinoura Hamono's website.