Owner Saori Kawano came to New York in the '70s and worked as a waitress in a Japanese restaurant for three years. She describes her business as the only logical solution to the aspirations that came from her working experiences. Combining her knowledge of the restaurant business and her longtime interest in ceramics, she contacted her old neighbor back in Japan, a tableware exporter, to send her a catalog. And that's how it all began. Growing slowly but steadily from a small space in her home, she continuously expanded her product selection. These days, Korin is the largest retailer of Japanese knives - outdoing even the shops in Japan. Business is good. We spotted chef Michael Romano when we visited the store, amidst the bustle of customers perusing the gleaming steel. Korin delivers not only on hardware, but also on service. For several years now, an in-house knife sharpener is available to sharpen and re-shape the precious blades. He travels to Japan regularly to brush up on his skills with a distinguished grand-master of knife sharpening. Consult Chiharu Sugai's online calendar on Korin's website to make sure you catch him at his workstation in the store or to find out when free classes are being held.Show lessRead more

    57 Warren Street , New York (W Broadway & Church St)


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