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Sakai Takayuki is well respected as the largest knife maker in the Sakai Region. Their knives are reputably known for being good quality at the price, hand made, and delivering the care and experience of 600 years of knife making.
With a HRC value of 65, this series from Sakai Takayuki offers excellent edge retention. It features a Blue Super Steel (Aogami Super) core, with a protective kurouchi finish and a beautiful hammered (tsuchime) pattern. So basically all those key words you learned when taking your Japanese kitchen knives 101 course, this knife has it.
If you find yourself appreciating smaller knives, for smaller all around tasks, you may be looking for a 135mm petty. At this length, it can still be used in hand to comfortably pare an apple, or on the cutting board to finely slice some shallots.
The handles on these knives are Half Rounded Octagonal Japanese Zelkova wood The ferrule/bolster is made of mahogany wood.