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Top 3 Ways To Store Your Kitchen Knives

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 knife suitable for your needs. Japanese knives are famous for their beautiful and detailed design, history as well as the cuts they produce. They are often considered an art of their own since most of them are handcrafted. Not without reason, Japanese knives are most […]

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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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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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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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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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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]