QUIZ

Quiz: What Kind of Kitchen Samurai am I?

Quiz: What Kind of Kitchen Samurai am I?

Selecting your first Japanese knife can be a challenging process. We enjoy every bit of the research we put in our knives, but for a newbie the amount of new information and...

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KNIVES 101

Parts of Japanese kitchen knife

Parts of Japanese kitchen knife

There are many parts of Japanese kitchen knife, and everyone has it's own, guess what, Japanese name! Very useful for those Japanese trivia nights, or for...

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Steel: The Heart of Japanese Knives

Steel: The Heart of Japanese Knives

In its essence, a kitchen knife is simply a piece of steel with a handle. A good kitchen knife is made of good steel. Good steel should be...

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The Ultimate Guide: How To Choose a Kitchen Knife

The Ultimate Guide: How To Choose a Kitchen Knife

Despite the popularity of kitchen knife sets we have at home, the major part of work is usually performed using only one, maximum two knives. When...

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Types of Japanese Kitchen Knives

Types of Japanese Kitchen Knives

Japanese kitchen knives have developed from simple, heavy blades (similar to Deba), which come in many well-thought-out forms used for precisely determined tasks. The great classic...

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GUIDE: Maintenance of Kitchen Knives

GUIDE: Maintenance of Kitchen Knives

After long use, every blade will become dull. Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. This guide describes the...

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SHARPENING

Why Can Japanese Knives Chip? (And How to Fix Them)

Why Can Japanese Knives Chip? (And How to Fix Them)

The majority of Japanese kitchen knives are made of very hard steels (60+ on HRC scale for hardness). The main advantages of such steels are longer edge retention,...

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Beginner's Guide to Knife Sharpening [Video Guide]

Beginner's Guide to Knife Sharpening [Video Guide]

How To Sharpen A Kitchen Knife? (scroll down for video 👇) Every knife, no matter how good or expensive it is, will after some use get dull...

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Sharpening stones and other accessories

Sharpening stones and other accessories

Every blade needs regular maintenance and care and you can either: trust a professional to sharpen your knives or take charge of your knives and do...

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Patina

Patina

When the Japanese talk about good sharpness, they mainly refer to a sharp blade that does not influence the cell structure of food during cutting. To...

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Blacksmiths & Japan

Blacksmith: Shigeki Tanaka

Blacksmith: Shigeki Tanaka

Remarkable performance of kitchen knives may well be a synonym for Shigeki Tanaka. This young skilled craftsman that can boast with his radical design and mastery...

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Blacksmith: Yoshida Hamono

Blacksmith: Yoshida Hamono

Yoshida Hamono is a family-owned Japanese company with an age-long tradition in manufacturing state-of-the-art tools and Japanese swords (katanas) by hand. Yoshida Hamono has a great...

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The Story of Dragons

The Story of Dragons

We’ve long been impressed with Japanese culture and world renowned craftsmanship. It all started with buying our first japanese knife, progressed to getting to know all...

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A Story about Japanese Blacksmiths, Superior Sharpness, Mysterious Steel and Superb Sushi

A Story about Japanese Blacksmiths, Superior Sharpness, Mysterious Steel and Superb Sushi

Ever since when I was a young boy I was captivated – as were probably most of my peers – by warrior knives, swords and daggers. The sword...

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GIFT IDEAS

Why is Japanese Knife a Great Gift?

Why is Japanese Knife a Great Gift?

Blades and men have been strongly bound together throughout evolution. Other species had no need for sharp utensils since they were born with them. People, on the other hand, had...

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