Japanese Knife Sharpening Workshop

Japanese Knife Sharpening Workshop

In Partnership with Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Sunday, July 10, 2022
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Instructor: Eien Hunter-Ishikawa
$80 Center Members, $90 General Public
In-Person at the Center


Japanese knife culture is distinct in several ways: the blade is sharper and thinner, sharpening is done on whetstones, and chefs sharpen their own knives in order to accommodate their individual cutting needs. Join us for a unique culinary skills workshop with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa, who will teach you all you need to know about proper care and maintenance of your most important kitchen tool! Learn how to sharpen your Japanese kitchen knives on water stones; workshop registration also includes a King KW65 whetstone for you to take home! After the introduction of basic techniques, you will be able to sharpen your own knives at home and enjoy the true joy of cooking with a sharp blade for years to come.

NOTE: Please bring your own kitchen knives to sharpen during the class. Western-style kitchen knives can also be sharpened at the workshop (please note we CANNOT sharpen the following types of knives: single bevel [deba, yanagiba, etc], serrated blades or ceramic knives). Space is limited to 15 spots so early registration is advised.

Workshop includes a King KW65 whetstone for each participant to take home!


This workshop is presented in partnership with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. OACC is also offering the same workshop at their facility on Saturday, July 9. Click here to view OACC’s workshop event registration page.

About Eien Hunter-Ishikawa:
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa is a musician and educator based in Portland, Oregon specializing in drumset, taiko, percussion, and shinobue.  Born in Japan, his passion for drumming started at an early age through the involvement of a youth taiko ensemble directed by Saburo Mochizuki, a founding member of Tokyo’s pioneering taiko ensemble Sukeroku Daiko.  Eien continues to work in a wide variety of artistic collaborations and offers private lessons, online instruction, and workshops that also highlight his non-taiko areas of expertise including knife sharpening, vegetable fermentation, and natto demonstrations. For more information on Eien’s taiko drumming and culinary workshops, visit his website at: https://www.eienhunterishikawa.com/


Jul 10 2022


1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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