Yamawaki Cutlery | Sakai Knives: A Leader in Sakai’s High Quality Knives
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Leading Sakai's High Quality Knives
Sakai Forged Blades
Knife-sharpening artisans: Nori Igarashi (factory manager), Masaya Shimizu
The Pride of Goh Umanosuke Yoshihiro, One of the Three Great Swordsmiths
Since our founding in 1927, we have been manufacturing and selling mainly high quality knives for professional use, as well as knives for a wide variety of domains such as homes, cooking schools, and culinary schools.
Our main brand, named after Goh Umanosuke Yoshihiro, who was a swordsmith from the Kamakura period, received high acclaim overseas ahead of the recent boom in Japanese knives.
Also, in the Sakai knife industry where division of labor is commonplace, our company was the first to establish an in-house knife-sharpening department and has been leading the field of high quality Japanese knives, which includes honyaki (true-forged) knives, with its excellent sharpening quality.
Combining Tradition with the Latest Technology
We take pride in our Japanese knives, which are sharpened in our own sharpening factory to achieve an uncompromising cutting quality and beauty.
For many years, we have supported several knife specialty stores and have developed a keen eye for quality and authenticity.
We also put effort into training our artisans to produce professional, high quality knives with the water-honyaki method, which is considered difficult to execute, and to make them generally available to the public.
Preserving Food Culture and Passing on Techniques
We hope to provide the world with the tools of daily life that support food, such as Japanese cuisine, without compromising on cutting quality, finish appearance, or handle-attachment technique.
While exploring technical capabilities that live up to the name of "Sakai knives," a traditional craft with 600 years of history, and helping to pass on and refine our craftsmanship, we will continue to lead the way in manufacturing high quality knives in Sakai.
"Knife is Life" is our motto.
Going forward, we will support the world's food culture beyond borders.
2014 Certified as a guild member of Sakai (Sakai Chamber of Commerce and Industry)