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Japan has a history of sword making, and from that derives a passion for crafting the best of all sorts of blades. From the incredible focus blacksmiths have on creating the absolute best steel, to the master craftsmen who make the handles, all the way to the sharpeners who hone and polish the knives to perfection, Japanese knives have no rival.

The passion that Olivia Go and Ivan Fonseca have for Japanese knives is simply infectious. Their store, Tosho Knife Arts, sells nothing but the best knives Japan has to offer. All of them are hand made. None are mass produced. And all require the skill of a master sharpener to keep them at their best. It's something Ivan has spent much of his life becoming an expert in.


The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.

It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.

Semper Intrepidus

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