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Kataba in Covent Garden, London

NiMi Projects is delighted to announce that on Saturday, Dec 16th, we will holding a popup of one of our favourite London friends — KATABA, the Japanese knife specialists with the most extensive range of stunning cooking blades. Join us at 4 Bank Street in Sevenoaks to see and try some of the world's finest tools.

We love being part of the UK’s Japanese community, and since we established NiMi Projects, we’ve been lucky enough to meet a host of creatives and like-minded small businesses. KATABA, established by Yokichi and Yuko Seno, is extra-special. Their selection of knives are traditionally crafted in Japan and have the sharpest of fine blades, but are beautiful to look at. They are sought after by top chefs and an essential in any gourmet’s kitchen.


Two images of Japanese knives — a chopping knife and a paring knife —sold at Kataba, each with  wooden handles and hammered blades, handmade in Japan by traditional artisans.


For the popup, Kataba will be bringing a range of multi-purpose items, including vegetable knives, paring knives and sharpening stones. There will be beautifully hammered and sleek smooth blades, various types of wooden handles and more.

Kataba staff will also be on hand to explain the various uses of their knives and you’ll be able to try out some of their items.

Trust us, once you feel how swiftly and smoothly Kataba knives can cut through raw vegetables like butter, there’s no going back!


Left: An image of Kataba knife specialists' blade sharpening studio. Right: An image of the box of a Japanese knife sold at Kataba.

About Kataba

Established in 2013 by Yokichi and Yuko Seno, Kataba is now the go-to store for the best knives from Japan. Named after the traditional Japanese single-bevel knife, its motto is “to provide knives of the most excellent cutting ability and usability at reasonable prices.”

Yokichi Seno’s passion for Japanese knives is founded on over 28 years experience of working with and maintaining these beautiful tools.

He has worked as a chef at a high-end French restaurant in Tokyo and at Japanese establishments in London, including the Michelin-starred restaurants Tatsuso in Liverpool Street and Umu Kyoto Kaiseki Cuisine in Mayfair. His last position was as executive head sushi and sashimi chef at Roka Restaurant Group.

Chefs across the globe admire the incredible quality of Japanese cooking knives and Kataba aims to introduce everyone —from home cooks to top chefs — to the beauty and versatility of Japan’s finest, genuine handmade knives. This includes a range of aftercare services, such as sharpening, chip repair, handle replacements and balancing.

Two images of Japanese knives sold at Kataba. Both feature wooden handles and hammered blades, made by traditional artisans in Japan.