It is true that most tourists shop for knives @ Aritsugu in Nishiki’s closed market but there are better options if you purely look for sharp handmade blades.
Shigeharu’s founding dates back to the Kamakura period (1190-1329), while Aritsugu started in 1560. The oldest knife maker in Kyoto, Shigeharu, has no website and the shop is not nearly as commercial as its counterpart. Shigeharu is located on Horikawa Street between Sanjo and Oike Streets, on the east side. The prices are less touristic and English is hardly spoken here.
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