The Origin of Masamoto®
As the first generation Minosuke engraved the "正" ("Masa") character on his knives as proof that he had made them himself, the second generation knife craftsman Kichizo Hirano sought to register this character as the trading name when the trademark registration system began in 1884.
However, since a knife specialty store in Osaka was already using the name, it could not be used. After consulting with business partners, the suggestion was made that since the knives use genuine steel, why not place the "本" ("moto") character that forms part of the Japanese word "genuine" under the "正" ("masa") character? This advice was the origin of "Masamoto®."
Only Masamoto Sohonten has carried on the techniques and approaches to hardening, tempering and polishing created by the first-generation founder Minosuke.
As well as cutting well, boasting excellent durability and requiring little maintenance, the range of Masamoto® knives has expanded into various types based on feedback from the chefs using them even back in this time. Striving to create the perfect knife that meets the demands of users, Masamoto Sohonten works diligently on a daily basis, devoting itself to the task so that others cannot follow.
The Masamoto Lineage
- First Generation
- Minosuke Matsuzawa
1845 - 1891
- Second Generation
- Kichizo Hirano
1857 - 1916
- Third Generation
- Sakichi Hirano
1883 - 1954
Tsukiji Masamoto (Tsukiji Masamoto®) set up business independently in 1951.
*Its products and company organization differ completely.
MASAMOTO® is a registered trademark of Masamoto Sohonten based in Azumabashi
- Fourth Generation
- Masakichi Hirano
1903 - 1970
- Fifth Generation
1929 -Conferred The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette
- Sixth Generation
- Masahiro Hirano
The Story of Masamoto Sohonten
- History of Masamoto Sohonten
- Global Events
History of Masamoto SohontenGlobal Events
- 150th Anniversary
- The 31st Olympic Games are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- The MASAMOTO trademark (No. 20269) is registered.The name has become recognized as a well-known and established trademark in Japan.
- The Eiffel Tower in Paris is completed.
- Opens for business at 26, Nakanogohara-Niwacho, Honjo-ku, Tokyo (present-day Azumabashi, Sumida-ku).
By Order of the Daizenryo (imperial cooking and banquet facility) of the Imperial Household Ministry.
- American Thomas Edison invents the phonograph.
- First in the Kanto region to manufacture and sell genuine tempered blade cooking knives.
- The Second Reich (1871 - 1918) is established in Germany.
- Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel invents dynamite.
- Returns home and starts making cooking knives in Osawa.
- American President Lincoln makes Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery.
- Travels to Osaka to master the secrets of genuine knife forging.
- 1840 - 1842
- Opium War fought between Qing dynasty and England.
- First-generation founder of Masamoto is born to a blacksmith in Osawa, Bushu (Saitama Prefecture).