Japanese Kitchen Knife store





Sakai is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. This city has two faces.
One is the face of its past far gone-unique keyhole-shaped burial mounds known as Kofun, which date back to the 5th century AC. Sakai is dotted with ancient tombs, and the largest of these is believed to be the grave of the Emperor Nintoku and is also the largest grave in the world by volume.
Metalworking in Sakai started that time. The basis for casting was founded with these Blacksmiths and producers of civil engineering tools for building the tomb are gathered there.
The other face is of the past that still lives today-known for Samurai Swords, Sakai is now famous for the quality of its Japanese Kitchen Knives, and most high-quality Japanese cutlery originates in Sakai where their production is a major industry.

History of Sakai Cutlery.

High-quality Japanese cutlery originate from Sakai, the capital of samurai sword manufacturing since 12th century AC. The production of knives started in 14th century AC. In the 16th century, when the Portuguese introduced tobacco and firearms, mass production of knives for cutting tobacco leaves and the development of firearms forging started in Sakai, becoming famous throughout Japan. During the time, the first Deba were manufactured, soon followed by a wide range of other styles.

Sakai Map

Since the end of World War Ⅱ, Blacksmith started to make Western style double-beveled edged knives. The best example being that of the Santoku, a Japanese adaptation of the Gyuto, the French chef's knife. While these knives are usually honed and sharpened on both sides, their blades are still given Japanese-style acute-angle cutting edges along with a vary hard temper to increase cutting ability. Now, cutlery is made in Sakai by forging heated steel by striking, a technique handed down from old times. Kitchen knives this way are essential tools for preparing Japanese foods, including sashimi. The craft has 600 years tradition but the culture to live iron settled in Sakai long before that.

In Japan, regions of Tosa ( Kochi ), Seki ( Gifu ) and Tsubame-sanjo ( Niigata ) are famous for knife manufacturing. And, when it comes to Japanese Knives used by chefs, the share of knives made in Sakai make up for over 90%.

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