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Sakai Kyuba – The Knife Set: Gyuto, Nakiri, Petty – Olive Green

(8 customer reviews)

£690

  • Handcrafted in Europe/Japan. One of a kind.
  • Free delivery for orders above £70 in the UK and £200 internationally.
  • 50 day returns. No questions asked.

Coveted for their beautiful and detailed design, as well as the cuts they produce. Under the Sakai Kyuba 堺久馬 brand lies the artistry of one of the most famous masters in Sakai in Japan, drawing from over 600 years old blacksmithing tradition. Sakai Kyuba kitchen knife set is designed to intensify pleasure from cooking and the three knives: chef’s, vegetable and paring knife are everything you need. Blades are set in a premium-cut, waterproof stabilised maple burl wood dyed Olive Green. The knives come in a handcrafted, minimalist wooden box wrapped in a unique illustration strip. A lifetime guarantee.

Color: Olive Green

Only 1 left in stock (can be backordered)

EAN Code 0727269541272 SKU: KI_KN_KYUBASET_GNP_GREEN Categories: ,

Product Description

About the set

The Sakai Kyuba Japanese knife 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
– A Vegetable 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, Nakiri and Petty are the only knives you will need, a beautiful knife set that will last for generations.

 

About the blades

Skilled Japanese blacksmiths in Sakai handcraft each blade with premium Japanese VG10 high-carbon stainless steel. 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 in this Japanese kitchen knives set are designed to increase strength, edge-holding, and cutting ability. 

About the handle

sakai kyuba japanese kitchen knives stabilised wood handles

The beautiful handles are made with extremely limited European Maple Burl dyed in an Olive Green colour. The wood has to be dried for two years before it undergoes the process of stabilisation. 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 an octagonal shaped ambidextrous handle to give 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 a a strong and durable wood with good resistance to decay. 

 

The packaging

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All Sakai Kyuba knives come in a handcrafted, minimalist European Oak wooden box with a delicate waxed finish wrapped in a Japana signature illustration strip presenting Onna Bugeisha – Japanese women warriors.

Timeless

Nothing about Sakai Kyuba is left to chance. This Japanese kitchen knife set was 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. Wrapped in a beautiful Japana illustration strip styled on ancient Japanese paintings. Backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Craftsmanship

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. Crafted, not manufactured. No handle pattern is the same, guaranteeing you a unique piece of craftsmanship.

Technical Spec

Color

Olive Green

Maker

Japana

HRC

Steel Type

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Knife Handle Material

Blade Length

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Knife Type

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Handle Waterproof

Yes

Knife Bevel

Double

Knife Purpose

Daily Knife, Fish, Meat, Pairing & Peeling, Veggies

Hand Feature

Ambidextrous

Made in

Japan

Who is Sakai Kyuba and how can your knives be as good as other high-end knives if they cost less?

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sakai kyuba making process osaka 2

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Under the Sakai Kyuba 堺久馬 brand lies the artistry of one of the most famous blade masters in Sakai (Osaka Perfecture), Japan, drawing from over 600 years old blacksmithing tradition. As a result, you’re getting the high-end craftsmanship masterpiece at the fraction of the price.
Most knives cost so much because of traditional retail markups, branding and other fees. You’d be shocked to know how little many well-known premium knives actually cost to make. Another factor of driving the price to an unhealthy size is the limited supply and controlled market channels. By partnering closely with our blacksmiths and selling directly to you online, we’re able to offer incredible knives at pricing with zero artificially pumped markups. You get better materials at the lower price. Simple.

What are Sakai Kyuba 堺久blades made from?

Our knives are handcrafted with the premium Japanese VG10 high-carbon stainless steel by skilled Japanese blacksmiths in Sakai, a small village in Osaka. VG10 steel offers an excellent balance between toughness, durability, and razor sharpness. It has higher carbon content than some other premium brands, which helps the edge stay noticeably sharper for a longer time. Our blades are 46 layers Damascus steel. To form pattern at least two difference steels are forge welded together (hammered together at forging temperatures) and then folded multiple times to produce layers.

What is the difference between Sakai Kyuba and Sakai Kyuba Classic?

These knife ranges differ in terms of the wood used in the handles: Cherry wood (Sakai Kyuba Classic) and Stabilised Maple Burl (Sakai Kyuba). Both types of wood are cut into octagonal shaped ambidextrous handles, giving you a firm grip on the knife. They are both perfectly balanced and light, allowing for maximum precision and more controlled movements during use.

Sakai Kyuba handles are made of limited European Maple Burl. The burl has to be 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. These are available in Green (dyed), Mediterranean Blue (dyed) or Natural Brown (not dyed) colour. 

Sakai Kyuba Classic handles are made of limited European Natural Cherry. The wood is dried well before it undergoes the process of handle forming and blade mounting. Consequently it has a high water resistance and is able to last generations.

For more specifics read our Wooden handles: Maple burl vs Cherry wood blog post. 

Does it make sense to buy one knife first, and not a set?

If you can’t afford or do not want to commit to buying a set immediately, the single most important tool in your kitchen is The Gyuto – The Chef’s Knife. It’s the workhorse you reach for most often. Investing in one great knife now will change your cooking for life and make it a pleasure rather than a chore. Our Sakai Kyuba Gyuto can do 99% of your kitchen cutting. Another option for a daily knife is Santoku knife. However, if you’re looking for an ultimate experience, you should consider investing in a 3-pieces set; including The Petty (Paring/Utility Knife), Nakiri (Veggie/Fruit Knife) in addition to The Gyuto (The Chef’s Knife).

Do these knives require special care?

Sakai Kyuba high-end knives are extremely durable and easy to care for. However, any knife, even the premium one needs sharpening at some point. As a good custom, you should sharpen them regularly and dry them immediately after use. These are 3 general rules you should follow:

  1. Don’t put your knife in a dishwasher.
  2. Store your knives either on the magnetic knife strip, knife stand, or sheathed in the utensil drawer.
  3. Don’t slide your knife, blade down, across the cutting board to clear away what you just chopped.

Also, check our full guide how to properly maintain the knife and sharpen it.

How long will this knife stay sharp?

It really depends on how often you use the knife, how do you care for it and what items you’re cutting but for a person cooking 5 times a week, it would be around 4-8 months. When tested in the rigours of a professional kitchen, the Sakai Kyuba x Japana knives outperformed brands that cost much more. However, no knife — including ours — will stay sharp forever. Which is why we provide all-you-need sharpening stones – that is King 1000/6000 combo and a King G-1 #8000. When the blade starts to dull, you can sharpen it easily at your home in 5-10 minutes.

How does your lifetime warranty and trial work?

We’re 100% confident you’ll love your Japana knives. Here at Japana we make sure that the products we send to you are checked for exceptional quality and that the packaging is always secure and sturdy, so that you receive undamaged, high quality goods which will last a lifetime. We believe our customers should not worry about buying premium products online, this is why our Sakai Kyuba x Japana range comes with a lifetime guarantee. We’re also giving our customers 50-day in-home trial. If for any reason you’re not satisfied, just send it back for a full refund. No questions asked.

8 reviews for Sakai Kyuba – The Knife Set: Gyuto, Nakiri, Petty – Olive Green

  1. George

    Wow, just wow! I had my reservations about this set. It’s pretty expensive. But I did some digigng around. I even contacted the japanese blacksmith – Kamila, the owner of Japana – gave me.
    For genuine Japanses steel with georgeous stabilised wood handles that’s cheap! Thank you!

  2. Julia Sy

    // Review originally appeared on Google Business Reviews //
    The quality of these handmade knifes is fantastic!! The customer support is super quick, helpful and friendly. I really love the history of the female samurai behind the knifes. It’s run by women competing in a Male dominated field. I really love to support them 🙂

  3. Coral M

    // Review originally appeared on Google Business Reviews //
    Gorgeous knives. The details and the craftsmanship really shows. I can’t wait to own one one day!

  4. Stefany Barker

    // Review originally appeared on Google Business Reviews //
    Unique, high quality knives that really stand on their own as a work of art in your kitchen. I’m confident you won’t be disappointed!

  5. Marcin Kot

    // Review originally appeared on Trustpilot //
    Very good knives,very good quality, even an amateur will feel the difference. Worth the money.

  6. David Vu

    // Review originally appeared on Google Business Reviews //
    Glad we got this knife! We got these as a gift and these are seriously the sharpest, highest quality knives we have ever owned! The craftsmanship is top notch, its cuts pretty much every meat, veggie, fruit you could imagine effortless and with ease. I am a customer for life, will want to get more to gift for other friends and family!

  7. James E

    // Review originally appeared on Trustpilot //
    Fantastic set of knives every cook should treat themselves too.
    I was looking for a new knife set, my old set was almost 20 years old and struggling to retain a sharp edge so after spending a good bit of time researching knifes and in the end I opted to go Japanese and purchased the 3 Sakai Kyuba x Japana set. They are not cheap!

    The knifes are beautiful to look at, light to handle and gosh they are sharp. They make preparing food a pleasure the ease they slice through vegetables and meat is incredible. After using these I’ll never be able to use a cheap knife again to cook. There is a saying in life you get what you pay for and buy cheap buy twice. They are expensive but if you enjoy cooking they are absolutely worth it.

  8. Saj Hussain

    // Review originally appeared on Google Business Reviews //
    Awesome quality knives

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Here at Japana we make sure that the products we send to you are checked for exceptional quality and that the packaging is always secure and sturdy, so that you receive undamaged, high quality goods which will last a lifetime. We believe our customers should not worry about buying premium products online, this is why our Sakai Kyuba range comes with a lifetime guarantee. 

The lifetime guarantee covers any defects in manufacturing and materials that functionally impair the knife. Japana will repair or replace any of the Sakai Kyuba products free of charge. Please note that in the case of a set, only the faulty item will be replaced. 

Our lifetime guarantee does not cover:

  • Damage caused by normal wear and tear, accident or negligence. 
  • Damage caused by improper use (knocks, dents, crushing, drops, etc.).
  • Damage due to loss, theft, fire or other causes beyond our control.
  • Damage caused by commercial, professional, or workplace use.
  • Damage due to improper storage.  

 All returned items will be posted at the buyers expense other than where it’s a manufacturers fault. In this instance we will be happy to refund any postage costs along with arranging a replacement. You will need to send us a copy of your postage receipt in order to receive a refund. If you have any quality concerns, please contact us at [email protected].

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