Blacksmith: Aoki Hamono
Retailer: Sakai Takayuki
Production area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Profile: Sakimaru Takohiki
Steel Type: Ginsan Steel (Stainless)
Steel: Silver #3 (Ginsan), Coated with soft stainless steel
Handle: Ebony and double ox horn
Total length: 493 mm
Edge length: 330 mm
Tip handle length: 340 mm
Blade height: 34 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Handle length: 153 mm
Hand orientation: ambidextrous
Sold with its saya.
Sakai Takayuki is well known as the largest knife manufacturer in Sakai. The company hosts a number of blacksmiths and craftsmen who work together to create a wide range of knives. Although the Sakai region traditionally specializes in single bevel blades, Sakai Takayuki makes many different shapes.
The Zangetsu series is the pinnacle of high-performance sushi knives. Ginsan stainless steel is easy to maintain while possessing many of the desirable qualities of carbon steel, such as extreme sharpness.