Hello, I'm Tina Fukumoto, better known as The Knife Lady. I have always loved cooking and learned early that the right tool for the job is essential - especially cutlery. The knife you use should feel like an extension of you and be a joy to use.
My first real experience with learning to sharpen knives was in Japan 25 years ago. Since then I have returned many times for further study and acquisiton of cutlery. In America I have continued to develop my skills, by acquiring better tools and techniques to master a whet stone sharpening system that is completely done by hand, using only natural materials. This method is easily portable allowing me to service restaurants or other locations.
Having worked with knife reps for more than 9 years as a purchasing manager for a restaurant supply company I learned the complexities, processes and effects of metallurgy, composition and construction of fine cutlery. I catered to the professionals as well as culinary students and home cooks. So, no matter your level of experience, there's a sharp knife for you.
As a culinary arts instructor I enjoy seeing students learn and develop knife skills as well learn the proper use of each knife. Even the most beginning students instantly appreciate a sharp knife over a dull one.
So many knives and so little time! I have over 100 quality knives from antiques to hand forged to the newest in -the real- cutting edge technology.