Sakai Kyuba Classic – The Knife Set: Chef’s, Veggie, Paring


  • 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 for home cooks to intensify pleasure from cooking and the three knives: chef’s, vegetable and paring knife are everything you need. Blades are set in a classic premium-cut, water resistant cherry handle. The knives come in a handcrafted, minimalist wooden box wrapped in a unique illustration strip. A lifetime guarantee.


Product Description

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 handle

 sakai kyuba classic cherry handlesThe beautiful handles are made with extremely limited European Natural Cherry. The wood is dried well before it undergoes the process of handle forming and blade mounting. It has a high water resistance and is able to last generations. The knives have 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. 

The packaging

sakai kyuba decorative packaging box ash wooden

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.  Forged with Damascus steel – legendary for its plasticity, hardness and distinctive patterns. Handle and blade satin-finished to a subtle, yet stunning lustre. Crafted, not manufactured. No handle pattern is the same, guaranteeing you a unique piece of craftsmanship.

Technical Spec


Classic Cherry


Sakai Kyuba 堺久馬, Japana


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Knife Purpose

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

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Gyuto, Nakiri and Petty, Santoku, Nakiri and Petty

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.

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.

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. 

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 x Japana 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


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