A traditional knife-maker in Osaka Prefecture is enjoying such global demand that it is struggling to keep up.

Jikko Co. makes kitchen knives in Sakai, a center of knife-making, and its young managers have recently launched various initiatives to draw visitors to its workshop and boost sales.

Sakai craftsmen are famous for their kitchen knives and are believed to supply nearly 90 percent of the knives used by professional chefs in Japan.