Who We Are
Founded in 2012, by Jeremy Watson, the Chubo Knives team brings over two decades worth of experience with Japanese craftsmanship and knowledge of knife-making. Our in-depth restaurant industry knowledge and hospitality mentality has been a cornerstone in creating a business in tune to the needs of the world’s top chefs and culinary professionals.
Our team is in Japan and New York and we make regular restaurant kitchen visits and host pop-up shops all over the world. We travel throughout Japan meeting blacksmiths and artisans. It is through the act of forging relationships we have expanded our product line.
Chubo was created with the goal of sharing the immense and unparalleled talent of Japanese blacksmiths with chefs and culinary enthusiasts around the world.
Despite the growing awareness and popularity of Japanese kitchen knives around the world, the number of people hand-forging blades, hand-finishing edges and crafting handles decreases every year.
We hoped through our business, we could contribute in a small way to preserving an ancient craft and vital source of tools for the culinary world.
We operate as an online store, with less overhead than traditional kitchen stores. In doing so, we can offer industry pricing to all our customers.
Every Chef knows, your knives are only as good as the blades you are able to maintain. We offer expert sharpening and repair as well as tools and resources to learn to care for your knives. Visit our blog for sharpening techniques and tips and shop our collection of highest quality natural and synthetic sharpening stones.
It is our honor to supply Japanese chef knives, kitchen tools and tableware for some of the finest chefs and restaurants in the world. You will find our products in use at Daniel, Cosme, Le Coucou, Contra, The Grill, Rose’s Luxury, Pineapple & Pearls, Fork, Spoon & Stable, Rustic Canyon, State Bird Provisions, Quince Restaurant, Senia, Pujol, Dersou, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Atoboy, Tetsuya’s and Momofuku Seibo to name a few.
"You can't go far without a great knife, and I highly recommend Chubo Knives. They are extremely sharp which will allow you to have knife skills of even the most trained chef."
- Gunner Gíslason, Chef of Dill & Agern
Underbelly Hospitality Group
"Working with Chubo, I have found the sheer level of service and care they put into their knives unparalleled. Chubo introduced me to craftsman Takeda's knives and it changed my life. Just a perfect attachment to my hand. The weight, balance and ease of maintenance are amazing. Like a razor blade every time."
- Chris Shepherd, Chef Owner of One Fifth Houston
Contra & Wildair
"I really appreciate the way Chubo is always looking for new knife makers to work with. They have the understanding that cooks can't always afford extremely high end knives but still want to work with exceptional product."
- Jeremiah Stone, Co-Chef and Co-Owner
"Chubo feels like part of our family. They work with as much urgency, service and care as we put into the business ourselves. They treat our business with the same level of attention that they treat their own. Aside from great quality product (and it truly is), they also get us access to stuff no one else can get us."
- Aaron Silverman, Chef Owner, Rose's Luxury + Pineapples and Pearls