Personalize the handle of a kitchen knife and visit the workshop with the craftsman

Personalize the handle of a kitchen knife and visit the workshop with the craftsman

Yamaken Mokkojo is the only company in Takefu Echizen Knife Village that specializes in manufacturing handles for Japanese knives. <br>You might not notice in your day-to-day, but a great deal of skill and technology goes into creating the handles for kitchen knives. <br>The handle is the part that comes into direct contact with the hand. Focusing on the handle makes the knife itself easier to use. <br>The experience is led by the fourth generation Mr. Takuya Yamamoto and his wife Yuma Yamamoto, the maki-e artist. <br>Takuya will take us on a tour of Yamaken Wood Works factory, and then Yuma will show us how Yamato blades are made and teach us how to make handles. <br>Participants can add extra options to their experience as they want. Lacquer the handle material using a brush, then wipe the lacquer and add maki-e or color using a brush depending on your chosen experience. These experiences can be booked on the day if needed. (Purchases paid separately)



Minimum Number of Passengers
1 person
Maximum Capacity
4 participants
Participation Restrictions
Children 10 years old or over can participate (middle school students and younger children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Meeting and Exchange Areas
Handles and paintings
46-1-10 Ikenokami-cho, Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture
Open Period
Closed Period
Weekdays (Monday to Friday), see the website for details
Meeting Times and Business Hours
Reservations taken up to 10 minutes in advance
Tour Schedule 1) Handle and paintings meet-up<br>2) Learn about handles at Yamaken Wood Work Workshop<br>3) Tour the Yamaken Wood Work Factory and Warehouse<br>4) Yamamoto Blade Factory Tour<br>5) Customize Echizen knives with handles and paintings<br>6) Complete!
Required Time Around
1.5 hours
Provision of Meals
Meals are not provided
Open to meal requests
No answer as no meals are included
Universal accessibility
Not accessible (due to unpaved roads)
The tour may be canceled if the minimum number of participants is not reached or if weather conditions prevent the tour from taking place. If that is the case, our company will contact you the day before the event. In such instances, no refunds will be provided.
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