Bringing you premium Japanese goods
Three marks of existence 三法印
Japana is all wabi-sabi concept stands for:
simplicity and roughness.
Japana & 包丁（ほうちょう）
Much of high-quality Japanese cutlery originates from Sakai prefecture, the capital of samurai sword manufacturing for over 650 years. After the Meiji Restoration, the carrying of swords by the samurai class was banned as part of an attempt to modernise Japan. Although demand fell a little, many were seeking military swords as an art collection and some swordsmiths still produced traditional samurai swords, however, the majority of swordsmiths refocused their skill to cutlery production.
Today, those ancient skills passed from generation to generation along with cutting edge technology are used to create the worlds finest and sharpest knives.
As the Western culture and foods became very common and popular in Japan and the demands for Western Style knives continued to increase, there have been much competitions in the market, which has helped improve the quality and craftsmanship of Western Style knives by their efforts to produce superior knives each other. Nowadays, many people in the world enjoy using great cutting performance and fine quality Traditional and Western style Japanese kitchen knives.
The business idea started innocently when Kamila, one of our co-founders was shown a Damascus handmade Japanese knife while visiting a shop in London. She started to research the market and got few handmade knives from Japanese kitchen markets in Toyko. Shortly after it became a passion and a passion turned into a shop. Soon, two of Kamila’s good friends Anna and Izabela joined the company to help with operations. Today the girls established business relations with some of the most talented and praised blacksmiths in many regions in Japan, such as Gifu, Sakai, Echizen (Takefu Village), Nara or Niigata.
Japanese goods are perceived as top quality and rightly so – it takes a deep trust, respect and time to develop a business relation with Japanese craftsmen. Our mission is to bring and promote their products to people who appreciate hard work and passion put into creating a Japanese knife.
We overcame many obstacles and came a long way to be able to access Japanese market. Not many of you is aware but Japanese kitchen knives market is oligarchic controlled by few big players, blocking smaller companies like us to enter and freely promote and distribute Japanese goods. This affects price and delivery timings, so nobody benefits from current situation. We care about excellent customer service and about educating our audience that behind each of our Japanese products hides great history and often, decades of sacrifice and striving for professional perfection.
Japana is not about us – it’s about their story.
We care about you, our dear customer and loyal fan, that’s why we always want to hear from you! We will strive to always bring you the best, sharpest and most unique Japanese products so every one of you can enjoy it, whoever and wherever you are in the world. Show us your support so the market can achieve better balance and you can get even better deals.
We work with some of the most talented, Japanese blacksmiths (some of whom are more than 65 years old!) who were being passed the skill from generation to the generation. The products our blacksmiths create are always handmade and always of the highest quality. It is not a mass market tool but an useful state of art.
We are honoured and humbled to work with these blacksmiths.