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KATABA Japanese Knife Shop /  The Knife Shed

About us

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Thank you for visiting KATABA Japanese Knife shop.

My name is Yuko and I am one of the owners of this shop. My husband Yokichi and I started this business in 2013 in London because Yokichi has been a chef for 28 years and he has an enormous passion for cooking. 

The knife is the most important tool for chefs, because it holds the key to great flavour; the sharpness of the knife has a huge effect on the taste of ingredients. 

Knife making is a traditional craft in Japan and has a history spanning more than one thousand years. However as the master craftsmen who make these knives become fewer, traditional handmade knives are becoming rare and rare.

All Japanese cooking knives are known for their high quality to chefs around the world and here KATABA we would like to introduce even finer, genuine handmade knives to as many people as possible.

We are dedicated to providing excellent knives and helping you get the best out of them. For this reason we offer  a range of aftercare services. These include sharpening, repairing chips, handle changing and balancing.*

*Please note, we offer handle changing on Japanese knives only.

KATABA’s motto is to provide knives of the most excellent cutting ability and usability at reasonable prices.

KATABA-Our store is named after KATABA, the traditional Japanese single bevel blade knife.

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Yokichi’s Work Experience in UK

1995-1999
Japanese Restaurant Miyama (London)
Sushi Chef

1999 – 2001
Bank Group Modern British Restaurant (London)
Sous Chef

2001-2003
LCC (London Capital Club)
Sous Chef in charge of Brasserie

2003-2005
Japanese Restaurant Tatsuso(First London Michelin Star Japanese Restaurant) Head Sushi Chef

2006-2008
Umu Kyoto Kaiseki Restaurant(London Michelin Star Restaurant) Sushi Chef

2009-2015
Robata Restaurant ROKA (London)       Group Head Sushi Chef

2016 November 

KATABA's Workshop opened @ Pop Brixton London

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