So we went to Kappabashi Dori and I bought some wonderful, beautiful knives at a place called, I think, Proshop. It's right on Kappabashi, with a little swinging door opening into a fairly large shop with knives and other cooking equipment. I got two lovely knives for myself, one for my younger son, and two really beautiful knives for my older son who is a fantastic cook (and it was also his birthday). I arrived home and gave younger son his knife and courier-ed the knives to my older son because he lives on the other side of the country.
The frigging courier lost the package. I was (am) livid.
Not only did I really want to give him those knives, but the place engraved all the knives with our names in Japanese characters, so they're pretty special. Does anyone know of a knife shop in Japan that I might be able to contact (by email) with a photo of the knives I would like? I'd love to have them replaced with something similar. There's one particular style that was especially beautiful I've never seen anywhere else - it has a gorgeous wooden grip, with a hammered blade that shows layers of steel.
Thanks to anyone who might be able to help with this.