"Sakai Takayuki" Knives has been cultivated through a long 600-year history.
This beautiful "JAPAN BLUE" version is crafted out of a 45-layer Damascus Stainless steel (AUS10 Alloy Core) with Japanese traditional indigo-dyed (Ai-zome) beautiful blue handle. These knives have a seriously sharp edge, excellent edge retention and a light center balanced feel.
The Ai-zome blue-colored handles on these knives are carefully Ai (Japanese original indigo)-dyed with Japanese traditional method by skilled craftsperson on Half-rounded Octagonal Hou Wood (Magnlia) with Buffalo Horn Collar for Top Professional Use. Unfortunately the yield loss in the process to dye on the wood is currently very high, resulting in making the beautiful blue saya more valuable and priceless.
The Ai color was called "Japan Blue" around 100 years ago in the Meiji era by people who visited Japan from Western countries.
Each knife is hand sharpened to ensure maximum sharpness out of the box. It is highly recommended for Gift as well as for your better cooking experience.
*Refer to the brother JAPAN BLUE series, 33-layer VG10 Damascus Indigo version.