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Sakai Kyuba Knife Set: Gyuto, Nakiri, Petty - Olive Green

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Quality in cut. Beauty in design. Drawing from a 600 year old blacksmithing tradition, The Sakai Kyuba 堺久馬 kitchen knife set is designed to intensify pleasure from cooking. The three knives: Chef’s, Vegetable and Paring knife are the only 3 knives you will ever need. The blades are set in a premium-cut, waterproof stabilised maple burl wood dyed an Olive Green colour. The knives come in a handcrafted, minimalist wooden box wrapped in a unique illustration strip. The set comes with a lifetime guarantee.

The Set

The Sakai Kyuba Japanese kitchen knife set in Olive Green includes three knives, each perfectly balanced with optimal sharpness, precision and durability:

  • A Chef’s Knife 210mm / 8.5in  – The Gyuto  – a daily knife, a versatile all-rounder slicing knife, a typical Japanese shape, shorter than Gyuto
  • A Vegetable Knife 160mm / 7in – The Nakiri – thin and sharp, perfect for chopping and dicing vegetables;
  • A Paring Knife 150mm / 5in – The Petty – extra nimble to tackle the smaller, more intricate chores like peeling or carving.

With these three quality Japanese knives you will be able to perform any cutting task in the kitchen with ease and efficiency. The Santoku, Nakiri and Petty are the only knives you will need, a beautiful knife set that will last for generations. As unique and everlasting as the memories you will create using them. You will love using them.

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Sakai Kyuba The Knife Blade Thickness Engraving Japanese – Mediterranean Blue

The Blades

The blades in this Japanese kitchen knives set are designed to make cooking more enjoyable as cutting through produce will become an effortless task.
The blades in this Japanese kitchen knife set are handcrafted by skilled Japanese blacksmiths in Sakai, Japan with premium Japanese VG10 stainless steel. VG10 is a stainless steel with a high carbon content, making it harder than most stainless steel types. With VG10,  you get the hardness of a carbon steel but the corrosion resistance of stainless. Hence, VG10 steel offers an excellent balance between toughness, durability, and a razor sharpness.
The blades have a Rockwell Hardness rating (HRC) of 62 which means the edge stays noticeably sharper for a longer time. This means you won’t have to worry about sharpening them often. They are forged with 46 layers of Damascus steel which is legendary for its plasticity, hardness and distinctive patterns. The blades will allow foods to be easily and promptly cut with precision.

The Handles

The beautiful handles are made with extremely limited European maple burl dyed in an Olive Green colour and feature a subtle copper ring under the oak bog wood kakumaki (collar of the handle). The wood has to be dried for two years before it undergoes the process of stabilisation. This ensures the wood is completely waterproof to avoid bacteria growth and is able to last generations.


The Japanese kitchen knife set’s kakumaki (collar) is made with oak bog wood. A wood ranging from 2,500 to 5,000 years in age. Its age and living conditions give it a unique character and rich natural colour variation determined by its age. Giving you a knife with a rich history.

The stabilised premium-cut maple burl is shaped into an octagonal shaped ambidextrous handle to give you a firm grip on the knife. Not only are the handles aesthetically pleasing, they are also perfectly balanced, light and comfortable. This allows for maximum precision and more controlled movements during use.

Please note that no two handle colours or patterns are ever the same as the natural properties of each wood block are unique and will absorb the colour dye differently. This will give each knife a beautiful unique look.

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Sakai Kyuba Oishya knife decoration wooden box

The Packaging

All Sakai Kyuba kitchen knives set come in a handcrafted, minimalist European Oak wooden box with a delicate waxed finish. The box is wrapped in a Oishya signature illustration strip presenting the Onna Bugeisha – Japanese female warriors.
Inside, you’ll see a beautiful note with a genuine 5 Japanese yen coin for luck. There’s an ancient superstition that giving someone a knife is bad luck because it cuts the relationship between the giver and the recipient. The way around this is to attach a coin of symbolic value to the knife, which is then returned to the giver as a form of payment. As we want you to maintain your relationships with your loved ones, here is a 5 yen coin. 

The Japanese for five yen go en (五円) is a homophone with go-en (御縁), which means relationship, connection and bond. So by exchanging this coin with the receiver you no longer have to worry about this superstition. 

The Spec

Color

Olive Green

Maker

Oishya

HRC

Steel Type

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Knife Handle Material

Blade Length

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Knife Type

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Handle Waterproof

Yes

Knife Bevel

Double

Knife Purpose

Daily Knife, Fish, Meat, Pairing & Peeling, Veggies

Hand Feature

Ambidextrous

Made in

Japan

Knife Weight

411g

Boxed weight

1726g

Good to know

Who is Sakai Kyuba 堺久馬?

Sakai Kyuba knife making process blacksmiths

Sakai Kyuba  堺久馬 is the name of our line of Japanese kitchen knives. Under the Sakai Kyuba 堺久馬 brand lies the artistry of one of the most famous blade masters in Sakai (Osaka Prefecture), Japan, drawing from over 600 years old blacksmithing tradition.

 
Our blacksmith established himself in 1927 and combines Sakai’s centuries-long history of knife making knowhow with newer technologies to create superior knives. In other words, he is devoted to honouring Sakai’s rich knife making history techniques whilst making improvements to create truly unique, innovative, and one of a kind knives. He is known for making knives for multiple users such as household users, cooking schools and chefs.
 
At Oishya we spent years searching for the ideal Japanese blacksmith to make our blades. Once we finally found him we encountered a problem. Due to geolocation exclusivity reasons, the blacksmith’s name couldn’t be included in our knives. We weren’t willing to let go of his outstanding artistry that easily, so together we created these knives under our dedicated brand name “Sakai Kyuba 堺久馬” .To make the knives even more unique, a team of talented European artisans is chosen to make the colourful maple burl handles.
 

What are Sakai Kyuba 堺久馬 blades made from?

Sakai Kyuba knife making process hammering
 
Sakai Kyuba blades are handcrafted with the premium Japanese VG10 high-carbon stainless steel by a skilled Japanese blacksmith in Sakai, a small village in Osaka.VG10 is a cutlery grade stainless steel, the name stands for V Gold 10 (“gold” meaning quality). It offers an excellent balance between toughness, durability, and razor sharpness. It has higher carbon content than some other premium brands, which helps the edge stay noticeably sharper for a longer time.Our blades are 46 layers of Damascus steel. To form a pattern at least two different steels are forged welded together (hammered together at forging temperatures) and then folded multiple times to produce layers.
 
Sakai Kyuba blades are sturdier and sharper than anything you have experienced before. They will cut through food with ease making your time cooking more enjoyable and relaxing.
 

Lifetime guarantee 

Here at Oishya we make sure that the products we send to you are checked for exceptional quality and that the packaging is always secure and sturdy, so that you receive undamaged, high quality goods which will last a lifetime. We believe our customers should not worry about buying premium products online, this is why our Sakai Kyuba range comes with a lifetime guarantee.  The lifetime guarantee covers any defects in manufacturing and materials that functionally impair the knife. Oishya will repair or replace any of the Sakai Kyuba products free of charge. Please note that in the case of a set, only the faulty item will be replaced.  Our lifetime guarantee does not cover:

  • Damage caused by normal wear and tear, accident or negligence. 
  • Damage caused by improper use (knocks, dents, crushing, drops, etc.).
  • Damage due to loss, theft, fire or other causes beyond our control.
  • Damage caused by commercial, professional, or workplace use.
  • Damage due to improper storage.  

All returned items will be posted at the buyers expenseif sent after 50 days of purchase other than where it’s a manufacturers fault. In this instance we will be happy to refund any postage costs along with arranging a replacement. You will need to send us a copy of your postage receipt in order to receive a refund. If you have any quality concerns, please contact us at info@oishya.com.

Where are Sakai Kyuba knives made?

Every single Saki Kyuba  堺久馬  blade has been meticulously handmade, forged and hand-polished in Japan by master craftsmen in Sakai. Whilst the beautiful handles are crafted by artisans in Europe using limited European maple burl.

How long will my knife stay sharp?

This really depends on how often you use the knife, how you care for it and what items you’re cutting. In general, Japanese knives tend to hold their edge longer than Western knives. In other words, Japanese knives stay sharper longer than their Western counterparts. When tested, Sakai Kyuba knives outperformed brands that cost much more. We estimate that for a person cooking 5 times a week, Sakai Kyuba knives will stay sharp for around 4-8 months. However, no knife — including ours — will stay sharp forever. Which is why we provide a variety of sharpening stones, so when the blade starts to dull, you can sharpen it easily at your home in 5-10 minutes. Otherwise, check out our recommended trusted knife sharpening services.

Does it make sense to buy one knife first, and not a set?

If you can’t afford or do not want to commit to buying a set immediately, the single most important tool in your kitchen is The Gyuto – The Chef’s Knife. It’s the workhorse you reach for most often. Investing in one great knife now will change your cooking for life and make it a pleasure rather than a chore. Our Sakai Kyuba Gyuto can do 99% of your kitchen cutting. Another option for a daily knife is Santoku knife. However, if you’re looking for an ultimate experience, you should consider investing in a 3-pieces set; including The Petty (Paring/Utility Knife), Nakiri (Veggie/Fruit Knife) in addition to The Gyuto (The Chef’s Knife).

Do these knives require special care?

Sakai Kyuba knives are extremely durable and easy to care for. However, any knife, even a premium one needs sharpening at some point. As a good habit, you should sharpen them regularly and dry them immediately after use. These are 3 general rules you should follow:

  1. Don’t put your knife in a dishwasher.
  2. Store your knives either on the magnetic knife strip, knife stand, or sheathed in the utensil drawer.
  3. Don’t slide your knife, blade down, across the cutting board to clear away what you just chopped.

Also, check our full guide on how to properly maintain the knife and sharpen it.

What is oak bog wood?

bog oak

Bog wood comes from trees that have been buried in peat bogs and preserved from decay by the acidic and anaerobic bog conditions. This wood ranges in age from 2,500 to 5,000 years. Bog oak is known for its exceptional strength and often used to make luxury furniture and interiors.  Its age and living conditions give it a unique character and rich natural colour variation determined by its age. Its colour gradually darkens with age going from a light, golden brown to an almost ebony-black colour.

 

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Reviewed by 09 customer(s)

  • Kayden

    Good service.

    December 31, 2021
    Verified Purchase
  • Saj Hussain

    // Review originally appeared on Google Business Reviews //
    Awesome quality knives

    October 21, 2020
  • James E

    // Review originally appeared on Trustpilot //
    Fantastic set of knives every cook should treat themselves too.
    I was looking for a new knife set, my old set was almost 20 years old and struggling to retain a sharp edge so after spending a good bit of time researching knifes and in the end I opted to go Japanese and purchased the 3 Sakai Kyuba x Oishya set. They are not cheap!

    The knifes are beautiful to look at, light to handle and gosh they are sharp. They make preparing food a pleasure the ease they slice through vegetables and meat is incredible. After using these I’ll never be able to use a cheap knife again to cook. There is a saying in life you get what you pay for and buy cheap buy twice. They are expensive but if you enjoy cooking they are absolutely worth it.

    October 12, 2020
  • David Vu

    // Review originally appeared on Google Business Reviews //
    Glad we got this knife! We got these as a gift and these are seriously the sharpest, highest quality knives we have ever owned! The craftsmanship is top notch, its cuts pretty much every meat, veggie, fruit you could imagine effortless and with ease. I am a customer for life, will want to get more to gift for other friends and family!

    August 12, 2020
  • Marcin Kot

    // Review originally appeared on Trustpilot //
    Very good knives,very good quality, even an amateur will feel the difference. Worth the money.

    August 10, 2020
  • Stefany Barker

    // Review originally appeared on Google Business Reviews //
    Unique, high quality knives that really stand on their own as a work of art in your kitchen. I’m confident you won’t be disappointed!

    August 2, 2020
  • Coral M

    // Review originally appeared on Google Business Reviews //
    Gorgeous knives. The details and the craftsmanship really shows. I can’t wait to own one one day!

    June 16, 2020
  • Julia Sy

    // Review originally appeared on Google Business Reviews //
    The quality of these handmade knifes is fantastic!! The customer support is super quick, helpful and friendly. I really love the history of the female samurai behind the knifes. It’s run by women competing in a Male dominated field. I really love to support them 🙂

    May 21, 2020
  • George

    Wow, just wow! I had my reservations about this set. It’s pretty expensive. But I did some digigng around. I even contacted the japanese blacksmith – Kamila, the owner of Oishya – gave me.
    For genuine Japanses steel with georgeous stabilised wood handles that’s cheap! Thank you!

    July 16, 2019
  • Dylan

    Very well worth the money.

    April 27, 2019
    Verified Purchase

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