About Us

Hello there! I'm Lawrence Kim, the guy behind Kaheiji Hamono. 

In late 2016, I moved from New York to Japan with my wife, an Osaka native, along with our dog. As I could not speak Japanese, it was a rather daunting experience in the beginning!

Little did I know, my wife’s cousin runs a well-known Yamawaki Cutlery, a Japanese knives manufacturer located in the heart of Sakai.

Currently, I'm practicing how to sharpen knives. I feel privileged to get hands-on experience in cleaning the knives, attaching handles to the blades, and shaping the sheaths to ensure they fit their knives securely and seamlessly. 


yanagi made-to-order

Kaheiji Hamono is an online shop specializing in made-to-order Japanese kitchen knives from Sakai, Japan. We feature the brand Tekken Yoshimasa by Yamawaki Cutlery. 

I've noticed that a lot of foreigners visiting Japan especially enjoy the process of personalizing their knives. When purchasing knives, customers can select the handle with an option of having their names hand engraved in Japanese characters (this applies in Katakana and Kanji only). My goal is to bring this unforgettable experience to everyone in the world without being location dependent.

If there are any special requests, be it a left-handed knife, a bigger handle size or any customization you can think of, feel free to drop me an email at customize@kaheiji.com and I'll try to accommodate as best I can.

Come Visit Us

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If you are ever in Osaka, consider visiting us (by appointment only) and you'll be able to watch your knife being put together in front of you.