We are very enamored with the products made by Sakai Takayuki Knives. Their parent company, Aoki Hamono Co., Ltd. is located in Sakai/Osaka Prefecture. They have been making blades for over 600 years and have products that span the entire spectrum of kitchen knife styles, constructions, and price points.
The lovely deba featured here is a handmade traditional blade using a very rugged stainless steel called AUS8A. This is a high chromium molybdenum steel which is easy to sharpen while possessing great edge retention.
Debas are one of the trinity of Japanese kitchen knives. Designed to cut and process fish, they have a very thick spine and tall stout blade. They are a single sided blade so the cutting angle is very acute, and thus exceptionally sharp. It should be noted that maintaining and using single-edged blades requires a completely different set of skills over double-edged blades. Sharpening in particular is a more specialized task and should only be attempted by someone who has experience with these types of knives. As this is a single bevel blade, it is intended for right-handed users.
The blade is finished with some lovely Kanji characters and is attached to a traditional D-shaped handle made from ho wood with a buffalo horn ferrule.
Location: Sakai, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, Single Bevel, Traditional Grind