Aritsugu (Tsukiji Main Store) 築地有次 本店
This shop is known for the high-quality chef's knives they have on offer. All knives are hand-crafted and made with great care and attention to detail. The staff in the shop will gladly help visitors pick a knife that fits their needs in the kitchen. As most of the staff speak English, they will be able to inform you about the differences between the knives.
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Aritsugu is a specialty knife shop in the Tsukiji Outer Market that those in the industry (sushi chefs) often frequent for high quality chef's knives. There is a great assortment of hand-forged knives for filleting and slicing fish, and for specific fish as well. For instance, there are special knives for trimming and cutting eel, fugu (blowfish), and pike! The staff can help you pick out the kind of knife that will suit your needs and your skill level. Because they meet many foreign customers daily, they speak English and can explain the differences of all the knives.
For the average home cook, I would recommend a Japanese kitchen knife. These are light and easy to handle. This would typically range from 6,000-10,000 yen. They don't rust as they are made from Japanese premium stainless steel. For the more professional chef's knives, those can be more than 20,000 yen but are worth the investment.
The shop has a long history of knife making, so the quality is unbeatable. Here's a tip: ask for your name to be engraved into the knife blade! This is a special service the shop offers, so that your knife will be personalized for you! The engraving is included in the cost of the knife.
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