Collection: Sakai Kikumori Gokujyo by Yoshikazu Tanaka

On my recent trip to Japan I decided to focus in on Sakai knife-makers to learn more of the history of knife making in this area. Sakai Kikumori was established in 1926, and takes extreme pride in the fact their area of the country is world famous for knife making.
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They forge everything from traditional single bevel knives for sushi perpetration, to double edged "western" knives, and are also famous for their water quenched honyaki knives. In April, 2011, Kawamura Hamono received the certification of this Sakai brand “ SAKAI WAZASHU”.
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This line of knives is a full carbon steel blade constructed using the san mai method, with Hitachi white carbon #2 at the core. San mai translates to "three flat things", which refers to the hard steel core sandwiched between two softer layers of iron. The finish on these knives is expertly done, and the 240mm Gyuto is now one of my go-to knives. Both the spine and the choil of these knives have been polished for comfort, showing off the attention to detail Sakai Kikumori is famous for.
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All knives in this line are fitted with an octagonal Wa-handle made from magnolia wood that sport buffalo horn collars. This handle shape is my favourite for both aesthetics and comfort, and the magnolia wood gives the knife an overall light feeling.
*Please note: these knives are full carbon steel knives which require extra care to prevent rusting. For inquires contact: adam@thecooksedge.com
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Knife specs:
Steel: Yasuki white #2
HRC: 62:63
Wa-Handle: Octagonal magnolia wood w/buffalo horn collar
Blacksmith: Yoshikazu Tanaka
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  • Sakai Kikumori Yoshikazu Tanaka Gokujyo gyuto 210mm
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  • Sakai kikumori Yoshikazu Tanaka Gokujyo Gyuto 240mm
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