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Jaap Driest 勇者切物


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About JapaneseKnivesNL

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Always passionate about craftmanship.

I was always passionate about my kitchen knives. I love home cooking and good tools add so much to the fun.
After my retirement as a photographer I looked for a new knife and came across Japanese knives. It got me immediately. So I entered the art of handlemaking.
First I made only classic wooden handles, later on came the modern stabilised handles.

In the mean time I developped contacts with several suppliers of blades and knives in Japan, Finland, Netherlands and Germany.

The most typical procedure is that I order a knife in Japan. When it comes I remove the simple factory handle. Then I resharpen the knife, polish the egde and the heel.

In consult with the buyer we determine the shape, the dimensions and the materials of the handle.

During the process I send some pictures of The Making Of (Once a photographer, always a photographer).
I love the craft of making things with wood, The smell in the workshop, the atmosphere of making things, listen to the radio and sipping coffe, is making me a lucky man.

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  • Jaap Driest

    Owner, Maker, Photographer

    Born 1952 Studied Linguistics at Amsterdam University Later on reschooled as professional photographer. Worked from 1977 till 2017 as teacher at Utrecht University of applied sciences. After retirement I developed the knife customizing.

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