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.
The meaning of Santoku is “Three virtue” or “Three usage” in general. This knife enables you to cut variety of food items such as meat, fish, vegetables, etc. It is suitable for your first knife or general-purpose home use.
Manufacturer: Sakai Jikko - Osaka, Japan
Type: Santoku knife (50:50 double bevel)
Entire length: 28.5cm (blade length: 18cm)
・Blue Super Steel
Sharpness ★★★★★ (5/5)
Hardness/durability ★★★★ ★ (5/5)
Edge retention ★★★★ ★ (5/5)
Ease of sharpening ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Rust resistance ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Manufactured by Hitachi Metals,Ltd. Contains Carbon 1.4%, Tungsten 1.5%, Manganese 0.25%, Chromium 0.4%, Vanadium 0.4%, Rockwell Hardness 61-65 HRC. Very hard material made from the finest particle pure carbon.
Blue Super Steel （青鋼スーパー）is known for the highest sharpness and durability. Above the level of White Steel, Blue Steel contains smallest impurities as well as additional chrome and tungsten which makes the knives strong to wear and tear. With this mixture, Blue Steel is an ideal material for Japanese cutlery products.
It has a very narrow range of temperatures for hardening (Yakiire and quenching), and thus requires the blacksmith to be very skilled.
|Type of Carbon Steel||HRC reference (the higher, the better in sharpness, edge retention and longer lifetime)||Price reference for general chef's knife 21cm|
|Blue Steel Super||61-65||$$$$$ ($800-1500)|
|Blue Steel 1 and 2||61-64||$$$$ ($500-1200)|
|White Steel 1 and 2||61-64||$$$ ($300-800)|
|Standard Japanese SK Steel||58-60||$$ ($100-200)|
Suited for both right and left handers as the blade is aligned 50:50.
Each knife comes with an individual knife box, which is good for a storage when not used and is presentable for gift purposes. Use of knife sheath is recommended only when you take the knife outside.
All the knives are pre-sharpened to the optimal result. They are ready for the first cut!
For everyday use you can apply step 1 and 2 only. However if you store the knife for a long period including step 3 is recommended.
Having been used for a while, even good knives can get chipped and rusty as seen in the above video, but don't worry!
Most of the minor issues can be fixed by sharpening on a #400-#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, mostly for free of charge! (depending on how much work is required, also you bear the postage for sending the knife to us)
(*) Please be advised, we do not warrant major issues caused by misuses 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.
Our policy lasts 7 days. If 7 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.
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.
Core steel - blue super (carbon)
Cladding material - soft stainless
Handle - cherry wood (Japanese Wa style)
Blade bevel - double bevel (50:50)
Whole length - 33cm
Blade length - 18cm
Blade width - 4.5cm
Spine thickness - 2.1mm