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.
The main characteristics of Jikko Wa-Santoku Series is its design. It is suited to use as a usual Western knife but has traditional Japanese style handle.
Compared with normal Western knives, this Wa-Santoku knife has much lighter blade. It is suited for those who take on more small sized ingredients rather than chunky food items.
Left - Wa Santoku blade (105g)
Right - Damascus Santoku blade (160g)
The Damascus steel material is struck with a handle to give a hammered pattern. Because of the hammered pattern, another feature is that cut ingredients don't easily stick to the blade.
Sharpness ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Hardness/durability ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Edge retention ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Ease of sharpening ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Rust resistance ★★★★★ (5/5)
VG-1 (also known as V Gold 1 steel) is a high Carbon, Molybdenum, stainless steel manufactured by Takefu Special Steel Co.,Ltd. It is not the same steel as VG-10 but has very similar characteristics .
VG-1 has a Carbon content between 0.95-1.05 %, Chromium content between 13.0-15.0 %, Molybdenum content between 0.2-0.4 % and contains less than 0.25 % of Nickel.
VG1 is one of the highest quality rust-resistant material. Not only it doesn't easily corrode, it has excellent durability and sharpness.
|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)|
It is double edged knife, suited for both right and left handers.
Buffalo horn is used on the top of Handle (the black part). As using, it leaves traces of finger grips that gives it extra comfort. It is all hand made by experienced craftsmen.
I've been on the lookout for a quality knife for some time and over the years I purchased quite a few - none of them perfect. The Sakai Jikko "Mille-Feuille" Santoku-17 Layer Damascus with Hammered Finish (18cm) is in a different league however. It's very very sharp, it has a lovely weight and feel and it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. An ideal gift for the enthusiastic home chef.
ー Paul Morrison, WA
I purchased a Sakai Jikko "Mille-Feuille" Santoku Knife as a gift for a friend and chose to get it engraved as well. The great looking knife arrived on time and impeccably sharp. Hiroki was incredibly responsive and helpful in replying to a couple of emails. Thank you. I would definitely shop here again.
ー Douglas Brown, ACT
We just received a Sakai Jikko "Gyuto" Chef's Knife Damascus with hammered finish (21cm) and it is absolutely beautiful. It is a work of art and the blade and handle are a masterpiece. We are very excited to give this knife as a gift to my fiance's best man. Thank you so much for your efficiency and service and we look forward to buying more knifes from you in the future. Lindsey and Shaun
ー Lindsey Marchant, QLD
I bought a couple of Sakai Jikko knives from Kaz and absolutely love them. They feel great and are as sharp as a tack. I got the chef knife engraved and the quality is brilliant. The knives were delivered very quickly and very well presented too. Highly recommended these guys.
ー Ben Stoddart, WA
Even my wife was impressed by how beautiful the 17 layer Damascus blade chefs knife is , from the blade to the handle, a work of art that is more impressive in person than in the photos. I love how balanced and sharp the 240mm knife is and how it performs on the soggy tomato test, just brilliant. Hand crafted in centuries old tradition, these have to be the best value for money around.
Final comment from my wife, its so good, it needs a partner, so looks like another purchase.
PS wonderfull people to deal with, went out of their way to make my birthday present special.
ー Yogi Beare, VIC
Bought 2 Jikko Nakiri Knives, one to add to my small collection of Japanese knives and one as a Xmas gift. The knife was very sharp out of the box and had great food release from the hammered pattern.
Sakai Jikko Damascus Series are a great first Japanese knife to own, for its easy for maintenance and sharpness retention.
ー Jackson Wong, NSW
I bought Sakai Jikko 18cm Santoku Damascus with hammered finish. It arrived very quickly and as advertised. The knife is better and much cheaper than comparable Japanese knives I've seen in knife shops. Thank you.
ー Melisa Krall, NSW
Absolutely beautiful super sharp knives, fast postage, items well wrapped and friendly communication via email. Highly recommended will buy from again. Thank you so much !!!
ー Simon Walkden, QLD
Just received my 3 Knife Set: Jikko Damascus Gyuto, Santoku, Petty and safe to say that is amazing quality and very well sharpen.
Thanks heaps for your service and truly recommend.
ー Claw Brady, NSW
Recently received 21cm Sakai Jikko "Gyuto" Chef's Knife. It is not only a beautiful thing to look at but also outstanding in function. It is extra sharp and sensational in its ability to slice and cut. I love it and intend to build a set. Totally good value!
ー Peter Nicolson, VIC
These are outstanding knives - the fantastic balance and a razor sharp blade make them simple to use and of course, safer to use because of those features. Great product!!
ーChris Richards, NSW
I was given a Damascus Santoku knife for my birthday, its very comfortable and versatile and definitely one of my everyday knives. I would consider buying another one of your knives.
ー Dave Prior, VIC
I just purchased a Sakai Jikko"Mille Feuille" Santoku Knife Damascus with hammered finish. I'm impressed and surprised by its beautiful appearance and incredible sharpness. It has an excellent performance either cutting sushi or vegetables. I think it's worth much more than $150+. I can't stop loving it!!!
ー Biwi Wang, SA
Just received this lovely present from my wife Yuka a Damascus 24 cm Sakai Jikko Chefs knife. A great addition to my other Japanese knives. Very nice an comfortable to work with one of the best knifes in my 40 years of catering.
ー John Manns, VIC
I was given one of these knives as a birthday present and the thing is totally awesome. Looks amazing, slices like a demon. Absolute winner.
ー Max Longstaff, NSW
Sharpest knife I've ever used. Love the look and quick delivery.
Looking forward to much use of the santoku damascus knife with hammered finish (18mm).
ー Bek Tierney, VIC
(*) There are more customer reviews on Kaz's Facebook page.
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.
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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.