Sakai Takayuki visit

The last few weeks, I went on holiday to Japan and Hong Kong. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Sakai Takayuki, one of the major players in the knife industry.

This visit was arranged by James from Knives and Stones, who happened to be in Japan at the same time. I have been buying knives from James for a while now, and I am still amazed at the range of knives (and excellent service!) he offers. If you haven’t had the pleasure of buying a knife from him, I fully recommend to do so (not getting paid to say this)!

I will not beat around the bush for much longer, and let the pictures do the talking, but this was an amazing experience. I am ever grateful to James and Sakai Takayuki for allowing me to visit and their hospitality.

The last thing I want to note is that it was very insightful to see the amount of skill, dedication and effort Sakai Takayuki put into making their knives. As a collector I think we sometimes forget this, and it has really brought me a great admiration for the knives Sakai Takayuki produce (so much so, that I already ordered another one from James!). Beautiful pictures are courtesy of James.

Sasaki-san, traning under Itsuo Doi-san

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Keeping up with Mazaki

Power. Strength. Beauty and Precision .

What can one expect or have already experienced from the “new” Mazaki from JNS 240mm? This knife has changed my overall view on knives in general.

It started at first glance. From profile to weight. To predicted performance. And from the many others telling me how incredible it really is.

My name is Daniel, On IG I’m @dmasterflex. Currently a Sous Chef at three high caliber restaurants with 12 years experience. This review is based on a weeks worth of performance in our kitchens. Where excellence is demanded. Standards are high therefore creating a perfect playing ground for such a knife.

This is a follow up review on how it held up with heavy professional use.

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