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Top 3 ways to store your kitchen knives (and their pros and cons)

The kitchen is filled with appliances and utensils that can be dangerous to have around children. Kitchen knives are one of the main ones. Therefore, finding the best way to store kitchen knives around children is crucial. Proper knife storage is essential to avoid accidents in the kitchen and care for your knives. Overall, there […]

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What Japanese Knife To Buy?

Selecting the best Japanese kitchen knife for your needs Is it your first every proper knife? If yes, then go for a gyuto, it’s a multi-purpose knife. Once you feel more confident, you can compliment your set with nakiri (ideal for fruit, veggies) and petty (utility knife, a small knife for all the rest of […]

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Is It A Bad Luck To Give A Knife As A Gift?

You found the perfect knife to gift a friend or family member. But then you remember an old superstition in which it is bad luck to give a knife as a gift and don’t know what to do. Don’t worry! We have the perfect way to overcome the negative connotations associated with giving a knife […]

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7 Tips For Keeping Your Kitchen Knives Sharp And Safe

Living in a fast-paced environment makes us look at the cooking almost as a chore. And it shouldn’t be this way. Cooking should be a pleasure. Sharing a meal with your friends and loved ones is quality time we unfortunately less and less prioritise. Once you find the time, the least you want to experience […]

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Getting Your First Japanese Kitchen Knife? Read This.

This guide is to help you select the best Japanese knives suitable for your needs. Although we all like to have choice, majority of work (~70%) you do in the kitchen is done on one or two knives – usually these are the gyuto (chef’s) and petty (utility) knives. Knowing that will guide you to focus on selecting […]

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Guide: How To Choose Your First Japanese Kitchen Knife

With so many shapes, sizes, steels, finishes and handle materials it can be overwhelming knowing what to look for in a Japanese knife. Keep calm and read our helpful guide. Choosing a kitchen knife and right sharpening stones is not as hard you might think, it just seems like it because of all the choices […]

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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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Japanese Kitchen Knife Types And Styles

Although the art of blades-making has been long popular in Japan. The trend of manufacturing of highly specialised cooking knives became widespread only in the 16th century. This is when blacksmiths working for members of Japan’s noble soldier class, the Samurai, competed against one another to create the best swords and knives. Eventually, as different […]


Western Vs. Japanese Kitchen Knife Types

The fundamental difference between Western style knives and their Japanese counterparts, is the fact, that the Western knife is sharpened on both sides of the blade. They therefore have what is called a symmetrical bevel. This obviously has an impact on the way the Western knife is sharpened. When choosing a knife sharpener for western […]

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Do I Need A Sashimi Or Yanagiba Knife For Sushi?

One thing that makes traditional Japanese knives different from Western ones is the fact that many types are honed only on one side; the right side. Obviously, for a left handed person, they would have to special order the knife honed on the left side. This single sided honing allows you to create the sharpest […]

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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 […]