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How To Kintsugi DYI – Japanese Art Of Kintsukuroi Repair

Ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi (also known as Kintsukuroi) literally translates as “golden joinery”. Fixing prised and valuable porcelain is nothing short of an art form in Japan. The Japanese have been using lacquering techniques for approximately 9000 years. No wonder why this skill and art form is still valued to this day. In today’s […]

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The Best Way To Store Your Kitchen Knives And Metal Tools Safely

You finally took the plunge and invested in a good knife — or … maybe a few good knives. Your blades deserve a storage place that will keep their edges pristine for as long as possible. If you have small children, you also want to make sure that these sharp as razor knives are out […]

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8 Ways To Use A Magnetic Kitchen Knife Rack

Magnetic knife holders (also called magnetic knife racks or magnetic knife strips) are a great way to keep your knives at the ready and safely out of reach for your little ones. However, they’re also useful for keeping other household items organised and easy to grab. (That is, provided they’re a good amount of metal […]

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How To Fillet A Fish With A Japanese Knife (+ Video)

In today’s article, we’d like to show you a step-by-step guide on the simplest way to fillet a fish using Japanese style knife – Deba. Learn what the best tools for the job are. What will you need: Filleting knife – A knife with a flexible blade allows you to move easily between the flesh and […]

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Are Japanese Carving Knives As Good As The Western Ones?

Sujikihi knives The Sujihiki or Subihiki – as some also call them – is the Japanese version of the slicing Western knives. Sujihiki knives are also used for carving. A carving knife is much thinner than a chef’s knife (particularly at the spine) and has a sharper edge than Western versions, enabling it to carve […]

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How Do I Check If My Kitchen Knife Is Still Sharp?

To understand sharpness you must first understand the definition of an edge. An edge is the line of intersection of two surfaces. A highly sharpened edge is one, where the two sides are highly polished to form a very fine edge. Sharpening is the means to that very fine edge. What is sharp and how […]

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Knife Drawer, Knife Stand or Magnetic Rack – What Is Better?

The eternal problem – how to best store your knives and other tools which you often reach for? When it comes to storing your quality knives, there are few solutions which you may want to consider. There are few main options for storage: knife drawers, knife blocks, magnetic knife holder and blocks. Finding the right […]

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Guide: Kitchen Knife Handle Types And Materials

Knife Handle Materials While you may already know everything about steel and different blade’s components used in Japanese knives, we thought to also give a quick explanation on how different kitchen knife handles can be, their prons and cons and what price tag they usually carry.While many people think the most important part of a knife […]

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A Pole Who Teaches Japanese How To Make Knives

Some would say: Don’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs. But before you make any judgement, please understand why Patryk, born and raised in Poland, is on the quest to teach young Japanese generation how to make knives their country is famous for. Blacksmithing is a dying industry. Japan as a country is ageing fast. […]

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Top 10 Knife Care Tips We Learned From Professionals

Before starting Oishya and getting deeper knowledge in knives, myself and Anna almost never sharpened our knives before they were completely unusable (We know! It’s a deadly sin and a huge danger!). We didn’t really see the importance of it and we were just buying new knives out of magazines’ recommended sets. But then we […]

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Tobacco, Portuguese & The Japanese Knives: The History Of Sakai Knives

What do the Portuguese and tobacco have in common with Sakai knife making a tradition in the Sakai region?More than you would think. Sakai, the residential Osaka’s prefecture is a port town. In the past, the Portuguese arrived in this area and began trading guns and tobacco to the Japanese starting in 1543. Europeans brought […]

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15 Kitchen Tips Every Pro Cook Should Know

Today we’ve gathered for you the best 15 tips from professional chefs for that’ll save you time, money, and a whole lot of trouble. Enjoy! 1. Know your meats After more than five generations in the butcher business, we know that home cooks are baffled when they buy meat. Look for beef with ivory-colored marbling […]

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How to Prepare Wagyu, The Most Expensive Steak Ever, At Home

The hardest part about making the world’s most insanely rich, ridiculously indulgent Wagyu steak at home? Paying for it. What makes Wagyu so expensive and desired at our plates? This gourmet meat features intense marbling, rich flavours, and health benefits that are magnitudes beyond other selections of beef. Wagyu beef is uniquely healthy. The ratio of […]

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How To Mount A Blade To A Knife Handle?

The importance of health and safety is something that is much maligned by many across the country, thanks to the by-the-book rigidity that it is often enforced with. While in some cases, accusations that it has become over the top can possibly be justified, there are a few tasks that require the utmost care and […]

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Top 25 Kitchen Tricks That Will Help Any Aspiring Cook

Kitchen sometimes resembles a war field, especially if you are trying to prepare fancy dishes for your guests to come and have little time to organise everything. Today we’ve prepared top 25 kitchen and cooking tricks that will help any hobbyist cook. Kitchen scenario #1: I have lots of dough to cut into shapes. We […]

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The Difference Between Aogami #2 And Aogami Super Blue

The Queen of the steels – Aogami Blue Super (Hitachi Metals Ltd.) is one of the greatest Japanese Carbon Steels. In addition to containing more Carbon, Chromium and Tungsten than Blue Steel No.1, it also includes Molybdenum. It has a very good edge sharpness and excellent edge retention.  It is also capable of attaining high […]

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Steel Qualities Of Kitchen Knives – A Cheat Sheet

No more words than needed – today we’re presenting you a quick cheat sheet to steel qualities of kitchen (and not only) knives and a chart showing steel’s relation between hardness, price, durability and a grade. Enjoy! Quick Cheat Sheet Symbol Features / Applications Shirogami 1 Carbon steel with minimum impurities. Highest hardness / Highest […]

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What Is Yasugi Steel And What Makes It So Great?

Originally Yasugi (Yasuki) steel was made from the steel produced from sand iron at a plant in Yasugi City in Shimane perfecture. Tartara steel is also made there. The plant is now owned by Hitachi which produces a wide range of steels. Yasuki steel can be yellow, white or blue. Because it is Japan made, […]

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What Is Rockwell Hardness (A.Ka. HRC)?

Whenever possible, our knives are rated for how hard they are with what is called the Rockwell rating or measurement (HRC) of the steel. You may wonder what this rating is and what number is a “good” number for hardness of the knife you want to buy. Things to consider when buying a kitchen knife […]

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Different Types Of Kitchen Knives, What They’re Used For

As a dedicated cook or professional chef, it is not unusual to have big sets of more than a dozen different types of kitchen knives in use at once. Is it complicated? It can be. Does it need to be that way? That depends on the amount of time you are willing to spend, and […]

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How To De-Rust And Sharpen An Old Knife Like A Pro

If you have an old knife that has lost its shine due to rust and dullness, fear not! With a little effort and the right techniques, you can restore its former glory and reveal a beautifully shiny blade once again. Reviving an old knife not only brings back its aesthetic appeal but also enhances its […]

All About Cooking Knives

A coarse, dull cooking knife makes your kitchen efforts wasted and you struggle instead of enjoying the process of cooking. And that is definitely not the best motivation to spend more time with your loved ones, chatting and crafting healthy meals at home. The Basics Of The Chef’s Knives If you’d like to amp up […]

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Our Latest Trip To Takefu & Sakai – Japanese Knife Villages

When starting Oishya we wanted more people in Europe to discover incredible sharpness and beauty of Japanese knives. Little that we knew how many obstacles we will need to overcome in order to offer our customers what we have today. Most of us got used to having things on demand, where same-day delivery does not […]

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The Most Comprehensive Guide To Japanese Kitchen Knives You’ll Ever Read

As a home cook, you understand the importance of having the right tools in your kitchen. And when it comes to knives, Japanese kitchen knives have garnered a well-deserved reputation for their exceptional craftsmanship, cutting performance, and rich cultural heritage. But with a wide variety of Japanese knife types and styles available, it can be […]

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Top 10 Most Expensive Knives In The World

Seen our high-end handcrafted Japanese knives and wondered why they are so expensive? Fear not, these prices are nothing comparing to the knives below. You most certainly haven’t seen it all until you have seen this top! Having an extremely sharp knife in your kitchen nowadays is not part of the trend anymore. People created […]

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What’s The Difference Between German Vs. Japanese Knives?

In the world of kitchen knives, two prominent players have emerged: German vs. Japanese knives. Each style possesses its own unique characteristics, reflecting the rich culinary traditions of their respective regions. Whether you’re an aspiring home cook or a seasoned chef, understanding the differences between German and Japanese knives is crucial in making an informed […]

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Western Vs. Japanese Kitchen Knife Types

As a home cook, you know that a reliable kitchen knife is an essential tool in your culinary adventures. It’s the key to achieving precise cuts, effortless chopping, and overall culinary mastery. But with the wide range of knife types available, it can be overwhelming to navigate the world of kitchen knives, especially if you’re […]

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Are Japanese Knives Worth Their Price?

In the realm of culinary tools, Japanese knives have gained immense recognition and admiration for their exceptional craftsmanship, precision, and cutting performance. However, for home cooks who are not so familiar with the intricacies of Japanese knife-making or the names associated with these knives, the question arises: Are Japanese knives worth their price? In this […]

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Do I Need a Special Knife like a Sashimi or Yanagiba Knife for Sushi?

When it comes to sushi preparation, one may wonder if a special knife, such as a Sashimi or Yanagiba knife, is necessary. These traditional Japanese knives are specifically designed for slicing raw fish and are highly regarded among professional sushi chefs. However, the question remains: Do you really need a specialized knife to create delicious […]

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Shirogami (#1) & Aogami (#2) Steels – The Difference

In this article, we will explain the differences between Shirogami (also called #1 steel) and Aogami (also called #2 steel). The words Ao and Shiro mean blue and white. Gami means metal. The numbers 1 and 2 are grade differences. It all has to do with the carbon content and the alloy content. Shirogami Steel […]