Stainless steel bamboo leaf shaped cutlery rest and paper knife from Tsubame city

Tsubame-Sanjyo area of Niigata prefecture has been well known for the manufacturing of high quality metal working products such as cutlery and knives.

It seems that the history of metal working dates back to Muromachi period (1336 – 1573) in that area and they started making iron nails in Edo period. Tsubame city, then, branched out into Western style metal cutlery manufacturing and the craftsmen in Sanjyo city area pursued their main profession to professional tool manufacturing such as knives and sickles.

There are several famous cutlery manufactures in Tsubame city and we also sell them at our store.


These are TI-1 serieas designed by Mr. Takenobu Igarashi (五十嵐威暢).

For more details, please visit our online stores

Yahoo store:

Aoyama Market:

We also have them on display at our store in Tokyo.


They recently started making other products other than the cutlery and many of their products are created with various designers.

My personal favorite items amongst these newly developed products are the metal bamboo leaf shaped cutlery rests.


They are very simple bamboo shaped cutlery rests, which come in silver and gold colors (the prices vary depending on the colors).


The beauty of these cutlery rests is that they can be stacked very neatly like on the photo because they are identically pressed. 500yen+tax for the silver and 850yen for the gold color.

For more information, you can visit our online stores

Yahoo store:

Aoyama Market:

We also have them on display at our store in Tokyo.



This is a stainless steel bamboo leaf paper knife made by the same manufacturer.

It is not only attractive, but also practical as a paper knife. It can also be used as a butter knife or as a knife to scoop pate etc.

It is only 750yen+tax.

For more details, you can also visit our online stores

Yahoo store:

Aoyama Market:

We also have them on display at our store in Tokyo.


Should you have any queries or if you are interested in purchasing any of them, please feel free to contact us. We can also ship them overseas by EMS after confirming your payment by PayPal.

How to purchase them?

You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.

Please choose the bowls you want to purchase and we will calculate the cost of EMS (we normally provide cheaper option if it is available) and we will request the payment with Paypal to you by email. We will send it to you right after we confirm your payment.

For domestic delivery within Japan, the shipping cost is only 648yen and it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.

Contact address is info(at) (please change the (at) to @).

Alternatively if you happen to be in Tokyo, you can visit us in Aoyama

How to visit us in Tokyo?

The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro.

If you are a visitor to Japan, please bring your passport, so you can claim for tax free!

MA by So Shi Te

2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,

Tokyo Japan 107–0062

Tel: 03-3401-0922



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