Korin: The Art and Culture of Japanese Chef’s Knives

korin shop

Japanese life and culture is unique and fascinating.  Traditional cultural practices, such as cooking, performing arts and architecture, coexist and blend with more modern trends, such as Pop Culture, media and technology.  However, many of the pure historic art forms and handicrafts from the past, and the skilled craftsmanship involved in their creation are in decline mainly due to the onset of modernity.  I unexpectedly came across the revival of one of these traditional Japanese art forms while exploring the Tribeca neighbourhood of New York City.

During my wanderings on Warren Street, I came across a large group of people milling around outside an unassuming store front and decided to investigate what was happening there.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this ordinary looking shop was Korin, a hidden Japanese culinary arts treasure trove in downtown Manhattan.

Korin Japanese Trading Corp. was established in 1982 by Saori Kawano as a purveyor of high quality Japanese tableware, kitchenware and knives.  The thing that excites me most about Korin is their knives.   Continue reading