It is no secret that Saunders has a long standing love of Japanese knives. From the nakiri to the santoku, gyutos and pettys. If it's sharp, shiny and made in Japan, he wants it. On the back of this passion and knowledge, we have put together a collection of Japanese knives from several makers. This is not intended to be a comprehensive range but rather to provide a selection of quality knives in a range of shapes and, importantly, at a range of price points. This means that whether you are looking for your first Japanese knife, wanting to extend your collection with a deba or slicer, or simply wondering what other shapes there are beyond the classic chef's knife, we have something for you.
YAMAWAKI: The collection starts with two ranges from Yamawaki, a medium-size producer of hand forged knives. The wide range produced by Yamawaki allowed us to choose the metal, the shapes and the finishes. We have paired the more unusual kurouchi finish with a beautiful octagonal rosewood handle. Our second choice was for a high end VG10 stainless steel range to provide an alternative to carbon steel. This has a hand hammered finish which is both beautiful and functional.
KAGEKIYO: A range of knives made by master craftsmen where the quality is visible from the tip of the blade, through the precision grind to the end of the urushi lacquer handle. We were keen to stock these as, to us, they represent the highest quality of Japanese knife making.
Yauchi: This range covers several different steel types and finishes. The out the box edge is really impressive along with the fit and finish. This range epitomizes Sakai quality.
Yamashin: This affordable range uses the highly coveted shirogami (white paper) 1 steel on the core for excellent sharpness. It is a great entry point for those looking for their first japanese knife or sublime for people learning to hand sharpen.
Take a look round. If you have any questions or queries about choosing a knife, the different shapes and types of steels, or caring for the knives, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.