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Japanese Knife Brands Guide

Usually the kitchen knives maker has only one brand. However, there are cases that one factory makes kitchen knives of multiple brands . Also there are cases that distinguish 2 brands for Japanese market and overseas markets.

This page introduces only one brand representing one maker.

And introduces 100% Japan Made kitchen knife brands.
Many processes are necessary to complete a kitchen knife, and each process is important to make high quality kitchen knife. Here we present the Brands that do all processes in Japan. These are 100% Japan made knife brands.

SAIUN - Kanetsugu
  • Main product: Western style kitchen knives
  • Price range : US$80.00 - US$170.00




The Saiun's factory is located in Hitase - Seki City. In this area there are several manufacturers, also HENCKELS (German knives manufacturer) does some processes here. YAXELL brand also uses SAIUN's factory. It is a very important place crafting knives, and SAIUN is a main brand of this area. It has inherited the tradition of Japanese swordsmith craftsman "Kanetsugu" (1300-1349). Strong blade , an elaborate handle.. if you do not care about weight, or prefer heavy knives, this Saiun series is very recommended.

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Sekimagoroku(Shun)
  • Main product: Western style kitchen knives
  • Price range : US$ 20.00 - US$ 150.00




Sekimagoroku and Shun are brands of the same company. Sekimagoroku is made in Japan for the Japanese market, and Shun is made in Asia and US factories for overseas market.
They manufacture / release various types of kitchen knives from reasonable knives to professional use.

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Zen-Pou
  • Main product: Western style kitchen knives
  • Price range : US$ 70.00 - US$ 170.00




The Zen-Pou's factory locates in Seki city, hidden between beautiful mountains and rivers. There are several factories here, many craftworkers live, and each working together to make high quality knives.
This area is the most important production area of Damascus knife. If you want to do business of Japnese the kitchen knives, you have to find this place. Another many damascus knife brands also made in this area.

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Minamoto brand
  • Main product: Western style kitchen knives
  • Price range : US$ 90.00 - US$ 160.00




Minamoto (Kotetsu) Brand by Yasuda cutlery is located in Seki city and knives are renowned for their precious work. They mainly make two types of knives, Sweden steel series for home use and Damascus with VG10 steel core series for professional use.

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TS-Madam brand
  • Main product: Western style kitchen knives
  • Price range : US$ 40.00 - US$ 100.00




Since the 1960 founding, it is a very popular kitchen knife as for professional chefs and home use. Made by veteran craftsmen with more than 40 years career, the product is carefully finished. chrome molybdenum steel Blade with black pakkawood handle.

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Kiya brand
  • Main product: Western and Japanese traditional style knives
  • Price range : US$ 70.00 - US$ 300.00





It is a long-established store and manufacturer that has more than 220 years of history.
Danjuro series is for professional use and the Edelweiss series is recommended for beginners. manufacture Japanese tradicional style and Western both knives.

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Tojiro
  • Main product: Western and Japanese traditional style knives
  • Price range : US$ 50.00 - US$ 150.00




Tojiro is the brand of Fujitara Industry Co. located in Tsubame-city.
It has a wide range of items from Western knives to Japanese tradicional style knives. especially the Warikomi steel Western knives has the largest market share in Japan. If you want a tojiro knife, 13 chrome stainless with high carbon cobalt steel core knife is recommended. This is the typical knife of Warikomi steel.

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Tokyo SUGIMOTO brand
  • Main product: Western and Japanese traditional style knives
  • Price range : US$ 60.00 - US$ 200.00




In general, kitchen knife makers are located in rural areas. But Sugimoto is unusual,it is a manufacturer in Tsukiji - Tokyo.
The knife is made of carbon steel, so enough maintenance is necessary to prevent rusting. But very sharp and it is highly appreciated by Professional Chef.

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Kyocera
  • Main product: Western style kitchen knives
  • Price range : US$ 30.00 - US$ 60.00


Kyocera is an Consumer electronics manufacturer, but also makes knives. It became famous for ceramic knife. It is not very sharp as steel knife, but the maintenance is easy and never rusts. (Some Kyocera's products are made in China)

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Sakai Kikumori
  • Main product: Western and Japanese traditional style knives
  • Price range : US$ 50.00 - US$ 1000.00




It is a kitchen knife maker located in Sakai city - Osaka. Sakai knives have been evolving in the last 600 years. Now Sakai traditional knives are popular and widely known among many chefs. This manufacturer has enough variety of Japanese traditional style knife like Yanagiba , Deba and also craft western knives.

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