Sakai Jikko is Kaz's signature knife brand. Established in 1901, Jikko has more than 100 years of technology of Japanese knife making.
Their products are preferred by a number of professional chefs because of its superior sharpness and durability. To date, Jikko has made hundreds of thousands of knives and is widely trusted brand in Japan.
Jikko is located in City of Sakai, Osaka where most high quality Japanese cutlery originated and its production is a major industry of the city. There are other famous regions in Japan such as Tsubame, Echizen, Seki, Tosa, etc.
Among these regions, Sakai brand is renowned for 600 years of bladesmith tradition as well as a number of master artisans who have developed the method of production that made the Sakai brand world-leading knife maker.
Sujihiki (slicer/carving knife) is ideal to thinly slice cooked or raw meat and poultry. It is double edged knife and the shape of blade is thinner and longer than Gyuto (Chef’s), which enables to carve smoother, more precise slices. It is also good to thinly slice raw fish that substitutes sashimi knives.
The blade of Kiritsuke knives has a different shape to normal Western knives. It is angular shape around the tip and straight line on the spine. This design is originated from rectangular Usuba knives and pointed Yanagiba Knives.
With having both advantages of wide blade Usuba and pointed tip Yanagiba, this hybrid knife works as multi-purpose knife. Besides, by having the angular shape the tip has a smaller angle which is good for some meticulous tasks using a tip.
Kiritsuke knives have become popular because of its aesthetic and functional aspects. It is double bevel blade and has the same cutting pattern as normal Western knives.
"I have tried all knives at Kaz’s, both cutting in the kitchen and sharpening on a whetstone. I found all of them are joy to use. However, this Ginsan kiritsuke is special.
First of all, it is very comfortable to use. The one I use (Gyuto 23cm) has lovely weight and easy grip that makes my prep really easy. The sharpness exceeds my VG10 Damascus Gyuto and it’s got ultimate sharpness after #12000 whetstone.
I think this level of sharpness is not achieved by VG10 steel but Ginsanko (silver-3 steel). According to the specification of Ginsanko, it contains Carbon 1.05%, Chromium 13%, Manganese 0.8%, Rockwell Hardness 59-62HRC.
Frankly, Ginsan knives got very similar hardness and sharpness to Carbon steel knives. It is the best stainless knife I’ve ever used!
In fact, Ginsan knives are widely used by professional Japanese cuisine chefs in Japan. If you are looking at the superlative sharpness in a stainless chef’s knife, this is absolutely the choice. Try one!"
Gyuto knife “Ginsan” series utilises Rust resistant Silver-3 Steel. (Ginsan is translated as Gin=Silver, San=Three) This model’s sharpness is comparable to carbon steel knives and is strong to rust. It’s suited for those who prefer knives with great sharpness as well as effortless maintenance.
Manufacturer: Sakai Jikko - Osaka, Japan
Type: Carving knife (Ryoba - double bevel)
Entire length: 38.5cm (blade length: 26cm)
High grade material ”Ginsan” is originated from Yasuki Hagane commercialised by Hitachi Metals,Ltd. This over 1000 year-traditional ironmaking method is called Tatara, which refines iron sand into Tamahagane (mostly used in sword blades).
These days, “Ginsan” is commonly used in high grade cutlery products and preferred by a number of professional chefs. It contains more than 12% of Chromium that makes superb sharpness and durability. It is comparable to some high grade carbon steels such as Blue steel and white steel but far more rust resistant.
・Silver 3 Steel (Gin-san)
Sharpness ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Hardness/durability ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Edge retention ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Ease of sharpening ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Rust resistance ★★★★★ (5/5)
Manufactured by Hitachi Metals,Ltd. Contains Carbon 1.05%, Chromium 13%, Manganese 0.8%, Rockwell Hardness 59-62 HRC.
Highest quality stainless steel with similar characteristics to carbon steel. Made from very pure, fine particle components. Ensures best performance among other stainless steel knives.
|Type of Stainless Steel||HRC reference (the higher, the better in sharpness, edge retention and longer lifetime)||Price reference for general chef's knife 21cm|
|VG10 and VG1||59-60||$$ ($100-200)|
Plywood handle is mostly used in professional chef knives. It is easy grip and reduces fatigue when holding long hours. Bolster shuts out water coming inside which causes damage on the handle. It also gives good weight balance of blade and handle.
As of 19th March 2018, Kaz's Knife and Kitchenware supports Cancer Council Australia (ACC), cancer related Non-Profit Organization.
Since Kaz lost one of his family members because of leukaemia in 2017, taking this step would be very meaningful for us. We conduct this charity campaign ongoing basis and send a donation to ACC every month.
By purchasing knives from us, you will automatically participate this charity campaign as we collect $2 from the sales of every knife product. Say if you purchase 2 knives, we donate $4 on behalf of you.
We post the outcome of this campaign every month so you can see how much together we could help someone's life with battling cancer.
19-31 March 2018 - $62 Receipt here
1-30 April 2018 - $192 Receipt here
1-31 May 2018 - $178 Receipt here
1-30 June 2018 - $204 Receipt here
Having been used for a while, even good knives can get chipped and rusty as seen on the above video, but don't worry!
Most of minor issues can be fixed by sharpening on a #1000 whetstone. We have tutorial videos for you to learn how to use whetstone. However, it might seem a bit hard work to get it done by yourself.
Kaz's knife is offering "Minor-issue warranty" which covers small chips and rust on the knives you purchased from us. You can always contact us when you feel your knife became dull, chipped, rusty, etc. We fix those minor issues and send the sharpened knife back to you, for free of charge! (you only bear the postage for sending us)
(*) Please be advised, we do not warrant major issues caused by misuses of customers such as dropped, cutting bones or frozen food, putting too much force into hard materials, etc.
We ship products from Melbourne with Australia Post. Delivery for stocked items takes 1-4 business days depending on your location. Please allow extra 2-3 business days for an international delivery.
Free shipping applies above $250 orders.
Improving the cut quality of the kitchen knife, we can promise that "your cooking will be more delicious", "your cooking time will be reduced", and "cooking will be more fun".
Since quality kitchen knives do not have distortion, sharpening will become easier. Just as important as the cut quality of a kitchen knife is that it is easy to sharpen.
If you use quality kitchen knives, you can extend the intervals between when you need to re-sharpen.
"Good knife will change your life"
The best shortcut to improving your cooking is to change to a good sharp kitchen knife.
If the knife cuts well, the ingredients will taste delicious. And a delicious dish puts a smile on the face of the people who eat it.
We want you to make life itself more fun by changing your kitchen knife. Let us guide you to choose the good knife to change your life.