About Masamoto-Sohonten

Masamoto-Sohonten Ltd. is a manufacturer of top-quality, hand-made chef knives in Japan. With roots dating back 150 years, it is one of the oldest and most respected knife manufacturers in Japan.

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History of Masamoto-Sohonten

Founder of Masamoto_Minosuke
Founder of Masamoto_Minosuke

Masamoto-Sohonten was established by Minosuke Matsuzawa (1845–1892) and has been family-owned for six generations. Minosuke traveled widely and frequently across Japan when he was young, and he developed the company’s manufacturing techniques until his death at 47.

Each generation of the family has contributed to the development of the aims of the company’s founder to produce the best chef’s knives with an unrivaled reputation for quality and value. 

Masamoto 2nd owner
Masamoto 2nd owner
Masamoto shop with 2nd owner

Masamoto shop with 2nd owner

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1845 Minosuke Matsuzawa, the founder of the Masamoto-Sohonten Ltd is born in Osawa, Kanto region(Eastern Japan).
1862 Leaves for Osaka to learn the Honyaki knife crafting skills at 16.
1866Returns to Osawa and makes cooking knives.
1872Starts selling his knives.
1874The first Honyaki knives are sold in Kanto region.
1883The trade name of Masamoto (No. 20269) is registered.
1890Opens Masamoto-Sohonten Ltd. in Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo.
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Masahiro Hirano, a direct descendant of Minosuke and current president of Masamoto-Sohonten, says,
“I believe our tradition and the passion of our craftsmen live in each knife we produce, and through the hands of the people who use them, it will reach the hearts of the people who enjoy the dishes they make.”

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