One of the primary aims at Japanese Knife Company is to acquire the very finest blades for our customers. In pursuit of this eternal quest we regularly update, improve and add to our already extensive array of blades. During our latest visit to Sakai City (the traditional home of the Samurai sword) we were approached by the Takayuki Cooperative and asked to make their deeply revered handmade blades available to a wider audience. These exceptional knives have long been perceived as the exclusive domain of a rarefied group of wealthy collectors and highly accomplished chefs. This very special and breathtakingly beautiful collection is accessible to users of all skill levels and the Takeyuki Cooperative are eager to see these supremely practical tools being utilised extensively as they are designed to be.
The central core of the Takayuki hand hammered These Hand hammered 49 layer Damascus blades have a central core of VG10 Super steel allowing long edge retention and exceptionally silky keen sharpness. With a little care and attention this stunning sharpness can be maintained efficiently without difficulty. This is because the hard VG10 central core is laminated allowing the edge to be easily re exposed. The hand hammered effect is not only eye catching but also provides a non stick effect similar to the granton hollows that are becoming increasingly fashionable.
This stunning three piece collection epitomises the Japanese genius for applying their ancient increasingly rare skills to the creation of blades which fulfil the many demands of revered Japanese professionals as well as possessing a familiar comfortable feel for all western users.
We are delighted to be the sole purveyors of this three part collection hailing from The Takeyuki Cooperative which consists of 10 of Japan’s most highly respected Nokaji.
The Collection comprises a 135mm Utility blade; 180mm Santoku or general purpose; 160mm Nakiri or vegetable knife. The handles of these most unusual knives are composed of Desert Ironwood, often referred to as the ‘King of Wood’ as its inner core is so dense it hardens almost to stone. When polished this wood acquires a brilliant lustre highlighting intricate grain patterns which intrigue the eye and evolve beautifully with age and use. The Takayuki Damascus handles curve slightly at the base although this feels almost seamless it ensures exceptionally comfortable grip and contributes to the overall feeling of balance as if the knife is floating in the hand