Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which knife to buy?

Each knife is unique to it's owner.  The knife has to feel right in your hands.  Contact us and we can help you find the knife suitable for your needs.  If you live in the near by neighbourhood, you can come by and test out the knives to find which one is best for you.  Just remember, a good knife is a life long investment.  Think of all the money you'll pour into a computer that will last about five years.  A well-maintained knife can be passed on from generation to generation.  

What are the best cutting boards to use?

End-grain wood cutting boards are the best.  We'll put diagrams later on, but these boards are the nicest to your steel.  After this, any kind of wood cutting board will do.  Plastic and bamboo are not the best, as they can dull your razor sharp edge quicker than wood.  Finally, don't ever cut on granite, glass, steel, anything that's harder than or close to the hardness of your knife.  Those poly vinyl acetate hi-soft boards are ok on your knives too...will dull your stainless knives, however.

Remember, everything counts; keep in mind that a sharp knife does not require much effort to cut.  Instead of pressing down into your board, which will dull your knife quicker, just let the knife do the work.  

What should I do if I want to purchase a left-handed knife?

Unfortunately for left-handed users, single bevel knives are 50% more than right handed single bevel knives, and 30% more for double bevel knives.  Left-handed knives are made to order, and it will take between 1-2 months to make and receive.  Just contact us and we'll make a special order for you (that's the fortunate part about it).

All Takeda Hamono knives have a symmetrical double bevel, so they are good for both hands.