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A Cut Above: Improve Your Culinary Skills With Japanese Knives

Anyone who spends time in the kitchen will know the allure of a quality knife. Coveted for their beautiful design, precision cuts and hand-crafted perfection, Japanese kitchen knives are some of the best.

Characterised by thin and delicate blades, Japanese knife sets are essential in the kitchen of five-star sushi restaurants. A cut above the rest, the exquisite pieces are hand-forged by skilled knife-making masters and adorned with expensive materials.

Here’s some of the best Japanese knife brands and a couple of the finest Japanese kitchen knives ever made.

How are Japanese knives hand-crafted

Japan has a long history of crafting exquisite blades – most notably the Samurai sword. As the era of swords faded,  a shift from sword crafting to knife crafting began in the 1850s. Japanese knives were fashioned using the same techniques that were originally developed for swords over 1000 years previously.

The passed down forging techniques and use of the finest materials lead Japanese knife brands to become some of the best in the world. Famous for their precision, sharpness and quality, these knives remain leaders in the world’s cutlery industries.

The best Japanese knife brands on the market

If you’re in search of a quality cutting instrument for your kitchen, these Japanese knife brands are the best on the market in 2021.

Yoshihiro cutlery

One of the oldest knife making companies in Japan, its fully handmade knives gives customers a one-off feeling. One of its most popular knives is the Yoshihiro VG10 16 Layer Hammered Damascus Gyuto.


Its Yaxell Dragon Series is manufactured with the most advanced technology to create versatile knives made with the best materials. We recommend the Yaxell Super Gou Santoku Knife.

Shun Cutlery

Some of the sharpest knives are made with fine Damascus blades. Its 7 standard knife collection has knives for every use, and the Shun Classic 8” Chef’s Knife is a standout.

The Finest hand-crafted Japanese knives

Yoshihiro Mizuyaki Honyaki

The rare artisan knife is made by one of the best Yoshihiro knife masters in Sakai, Japan. The mirror-polished knife is forged from a single piece of white steel using traditional ancient Japanese methods. The decorative cover features a 24K gold Phoenix and etches mimicking Mt. Fuji painted using the Fuki Urushi method. The handcrafted lacquered magnolia wood handle is affixed with a Water Buffalo horn bolster, and a protective wooden sheath called a Saya. The sword style knife is made for slicing and is worth over A$7,600.

Nenohi Honyaki Dentokougeishi Sakimaru Takobiki

A traditional Japanese knife with a Honyaki blade made by Master blacksmith Yoshikazu Ikeda. Crafted from white steel, the 15.4-inch long single edge blade is strengthened using the Wajima method and held by a Corian handle. The hand-painted sheath is decorated with images of cherry blossoms using the ancient Wajima Lacquer method. This hand-forged Japanese knife almost resembles a traditional sword and is worth just over A$9,400

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