An ideal Japanese Knife with a luxurious lacquer coating handle
A masterpiece of combination between two different Japanese traditional skills proudly presented: knife making and lacquering. It is not just used as a tool, but gives special satisfaction to both the user and the viewer.
- Blade: White Steel No.1: An ideal knife steel which is superb sharp and easy to sharpen.
- Mirror Finish Blade: A blade with luster that evokes the sense of luxury. This also grants more resistance to rust than other surface finishes.
- Handle: Akaro Urushi Lacquered Handle
Comparison of Carbon Steels : White Steel #1
The pinnacle of kitchen knives for Japanese Cuisine
|Actual Blade Length (mm)
|Full Length (mm)
|Total Weight (g)
|White Steel #1
|Urushi Finish Handle
The Sakimaru Takobiki is a modern style of Takobiki. It is mainly used for cutting sashimi. The blade is long and slender with a very thin edge to ensure a clean precise cut everytime.The knife can also be used to remove skin from fish.
White Steel #1
White Steel #1 is the closest to traditional Japanese Tamahagane steel. It is extremely pure, with a very high carbon content allowing for maximum edge retention.
White Steel#1 is a higher Carbon content version of White Steel#2, making the steel harder and better at cutting, but also more difficult to sharpen.
This is the steel type most often recommended at Sakai Ichimonji for those seeking the ultimate edge and sharpness.
*NOTE: Carbon Steel is susceptible to rust if it is not properly cared for. Please clean and dry the blade regularly during use and after use.
Akaro Urushi Finish Handle
"Akaro" means red Urushi (a kind of lacquer) which is used in an "Urushi finish", the Japanese traditional coating technique inherited for thousands of years.
This octagonal handle is coated with raw lacquer on the entire surface and then coated with Akaro on two sides. Red lacquer is applied multiple times over many layers, then repeating the polishing process in order to give the lacquered surface a mirror-like luster and a luxurious finish. The scarlet vermilion color contrasted with the deep black lacquer tint creates a gorgeous impression.
This lacquer style is also highly resistant to water and less prone to damage than ordinary wooden handles.
A forge welded blade is essentially a blade made of more than one billet of steel. There are many variations of technique and steel combinations. At its most simple, a forge welded blade is two billets of steel heated and hammer together to form one unified piece. The steel will then be shaped by hammer into the desired blade shape. Hardened and tempered, then ground, sharpened and polished. A forge welded blade has higher strength and edge retention than a stamped blade.
Optional Engraving Service
Sakai Ichimonji provides complimentary engraving using either Japanese Kanji or English Alphabet. Please specify your preference. For details, please visit here
A knife store that has supported the history of knives and food culture in Japan.
It has been 600 years since the birth of swordmaking in the Sakai region of Japan. Sakai Ichimonji Mitsuhide's and it's craftsmen continue to build on that legacy by producing the finest blades in Japan.
This is where the culture of completing a dish of sashimi by "just cutting" and the culture of expressing sharpness as "taste" was born.
For 70 years, we have been connecting the spirit of Sakai's craftsmen with the passion of chefs in Osaka's kitchen equipment shopping district, known as the kitchen of Japan.
We are very happy that our knives can be used by people all over the world.
After use, wash off any dirt and wipe thoroughly with a dry cloth to remove any moisture. This product is not for use with frozen foods.This product is handmade, so each piece will be different. Please use the weight and length listed as a guide. Each material is natural and may vary in color. It is not the same as the picture.We take great care with our inventory, but in the unlikely event that we are out of stock, we will contact you by email to let you know.