Masamoto Sohonten is a legendary brand with over 150 years of history. The name is perhaps one of the most well known and well respected knives brands in Japan, with a well deserved status as No.1 sushi knife maker. Born in 1845, the first generation Masamoto - Minosuke Matsuzawa - went to Osaka as an apprentice at a young age of 17. Four years later he returned to his home town in Kanto and began making honyaki chef knives. After 5 generations tirelessly pursuing the art of knife craftsmanship, Masamoto has earned its status as the premier brand for professional Japanese Kitchen knives. The Masamoto flagship store (sohonten) that opened in Tokyo in year 1890, is still welcoming visitors at the same spot after 130 years.