What makes our knives special?
About the set
The Sakai Kyuba ultimate set includes three knives, each perfectly balanced and weighted for optimal form and long-lasting performance:
– A Chef’s Knife 210mm / 8.5in – The Gyuto – a versatile, westernised all-rounder slicing chefs knife that no true cook can live without
or A Chef’s Knife 190mm / 7.5in – The Santoku – a daily knife, a versatile all-rounder slicing knife, a typical Japanese shape, shorter than Gyuto, makes for a great tool for women cooks.
– A Vegetable / Fruit Knife 160mm / 7in – The Nakiri – thin and sharp, perfect for chopping and dicing vegetables;
– A Paring Knife 150mm / 5in – The Petty – extra nimble to tackle the smaller, more intricate chores like peeling or carving.
At Japana we think less is more. More space. More time. More peace of mind. This knife set is a perfect example of what we stand for. With these three high-quality Japanese knives you will be able to perform any cutting task in the kitchen. The Gyuto/Santoku, Nakiri and Petty are the only knives you will need, a beautiful knife set that will last for generations.
About the blades
The blades are handcrafted with premium Japanese VG10 high-carbon stainless steel by skilled Japanese blacksmiths in Sakai. VG10 is a cutlery grade stainless steel, the name stands for V Gold 10 (“gold” meaning quality). It is a stainless steel with a high carbon content, making VG10 harder than most stainless steel types. With VG10 you get the hardness of a carbon steel but the corrosion resistance of stainless. Hence, VG10 steel offers an excellent balance between toughness, durability, and razor sharpness.
The blades have a Rockwell Hardness rating (HRC) of 62 which means the edge stays noticeably sharper for a longer time. They are forged with 46 layers Damascus steel which is legendary for its plasticity, hardness and distinctive patterns. The blades are designed to increase strength, edge-holding, and cutting ability.
About the handle
The beautiful handles are made with extremely limited European Maple Burl dyed in Olive Green, Mediterranean Blue or available in a Natural Brown colour. The wood is dried for two years before it undergoes the process of stabilisation and colour dying. This ensures the wood is completely waterproof to avoid bacteria growth and is able to last generations. The stabilised premium-cut maple burl is cut into the octagonal shaped ambidextrous handle, giving you a firm grip on the knife. Not only are the handles aesthetically pleasing, they are also perfectly balanced and light. This allows for maximum precision and more controlled movements during use. After all, maple wood is known for being a strong and durable wood with good resistance to decay.
All Sakai Kyuba knives come in a handcrafted, minimalist fine ash wooden box wrapped in a Japana signature illustration strip presenting Onna Bugeisha – Japanese women warriors. The box is filled with recycled wooden wool guaranteeing a safe transport and aesthetically pleasing unboxing experience.
Nothing about Sakai Kyuba is left to chance. It has been designed, forged and rigorously tested to serve your family for generations. Made from the highest quality V10 46-layer Damascus Hammered Stainless steel – sturdier and sharper than anything you have experienced before. Presented in a natural-coloured ash box for safe storage and keeping. Wrapped in a beautiful Japana illustration strip styled on ancient Japanese paintings. Backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Although inspired by over 600 years of tradition, each of the Sakai Kyuba 堺久馬 blades is absolutely unique. Every single one has been meticulously handmade and perfected in Japan by Sakai’s (堺市) master blacksmith. Each blade is then forged and hand-polished in Japan by master swordsmen using techniques perfected by their families over centuries. The handle and blade are satin-finished to a subtle, yet stunning lustre. Crafted, not manufactured. No handle pattern is the same, guaranteeing you a unique piece of craftsmanship.