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Sakon

HOKIYAMA’s flagship kitchen knife brad named after the nickname of Toushiro, a master swordsmith of Edo Period and the father of the pioneer of TOSA Cutlery, Yoshimitsu. The series, developed for both practical benefits and functional beauty by combining the Japanese sword making methodology with modern materials, design and techniques.  “SAKON” achieved the ideal properties during the long history of HOKIYAMA Cutlery. “SAKON” family product features amazing sharpness and strong corrosion-resistance by using high carbon stainless steel, high-speed steel, die steel and Damascus steel so that they meet a wide range of needs from home-use to top professional chef’s heavy use.

SAKON RYUGA

Hair-line finished Bolster models

SRS13/SUS405 stainless clad

Manufactured in Japan

SAKON RYUGA Bolster

In 1992, we were the first to adopt SRS15 powdered HSS steel and launched the highest quality model with a forged bolster under the series name ‘Artisan Classic’. The series has long been trusted by various chefs in their demanding workplaces. Sakon Ryuga is the successor to the renowned 'Artisan Classic' series, which has been renewed using SRS13 powdered HSS.

SAKON RYUGA

Premium powder metal clad steel

he core steel SRS13 gives the “SAKON RYUGA” blade an immense strength and incredible hardness of up to HRC-64. Despite the seemingly ordinary appearance, the fine molecular structure of the powdered steel enables these knives to glide effortlessly through any task, giving the act of cutting a fluid silkiness.

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Powder Metallurgy for the blade core steel

The added elements of tungsten, molybdenum and vanadium are very effective in contributing to the knife’s hardness & durability.   However when using the conventional dissolution method, they tend to turn into rough carbide during the coagulation process. Powder Metallurgy achieves coagulation maintaining the minute metal structure even when reacting with the plentiful matter of these elements. The powdered high-speed steel (SRS13) is a material very rich in carbon & these precious elements. The “Powder Metallurgy” application produces an ideal result successfully.

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Conventional Stainless Steel Uneven coarse particles

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Powder metal SRS13

Extremely uniform microstructure

SAKON_GINGA

[Nashiji]

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HITACHI's finest YSS

YSS(Yasugi Specialty Steel) is produced by Hitachi Metals(Currently:Proterial, Ltd.), Yasugi works in the San’in region of Japan, a place renowned for the high purity of its iron sands. And they are classified mainly as Carbon Steel Group "Shirogami, Aogami" or Stainless steel group "Gingami" for its chemical composition & additives. Either is characteristic heritage steel created by Hitachi’s intelligent alloy design, smelting expertise passed down tradition of Tatara iron-making for Japanese sword. The group "Gingami" is further segmented into No.5, No.3, No.1, with Gingami No. 3 steel having the highest carbon content of 0.95-1.1%, which directly effects to HRC hardness, and is considered the most suitable grade in the group, especially for kitchen knives.

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GINGAMI 3 / SUS405 Stainless Clad Steel

The core for SAKON Ginga series, Gingami 3 is categorized to stainless steel for its 13-14.5% Chromium blending ratio. Although it’s a corrosion-resistant stainless steel, actual feel of cutting is closer to the high-end carbon steel, The edge is not slippy but significantly grabbing object fibers.

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Another reason why professional chef selects Gingami 3 is a good affinity to whetstones at hand re-sharpening. The combination with the soft stainless SUS405 outer layer provides further easiness to the blade sharpening. Sakon’s Neo-Classic Nashiji finish gives irresistible appeal to the series as well.

SAKON GINGA Nashiji-Bolster

Hair-line finished models

SRS13/SUS405 stainless clad

Manufactured in Japan

Available Pakka wood handle colors

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SAKON_GINGA

[Nashiji]

Nashiji-Octa grip models

Gingami3/SUS405 stainless clad

Manufactured in Japan

SAKON GINGA Nashiji Full-tang

SAKON_GINGA_OCTA

HITACHI's finest YSS

YSS(Yasugi Specialty Steel) is produced by Hitachi Metals, Yasugi works in the San’in region of Japan, a place renowned for the high purity of its iron sands. And they are classified mainly as Shirogami, Aogami or Gingami for its chemical composition & additives. Either is characteristic heritage steel created by Hitachi’s intelligent alloy design, smelting expertise passed down tradition of Tatara iron-making for Japanese sword.

The Carbon blending ratio which directly effects to HRC hardness is closer to Aogami 2 or Shirogami 2. 

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GINGAMI 3 / SUS405 Stainless Clad Steel

The core for SAKON Ginga series, Gingami 3 is categorized to stainless steel for its 13-14.5% Chromium blending ratio. Although it’s a corrosion-resistant stainless steel, actual feel of cutting is closer to the high-end carbon steel, The edge is not slippy but significantly grabbing object fibers.

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Another reason why professional chef selects Gingami 3 is a good affinity to whetstones at hand re-sharpening. The combination with the soft stainless SUS405 outer layer provides further easiness to the blade sharpening. Sakon’s Neo-Classic Nashiji finish gives irresistible appeal to the series as well. The combination with the soft stainless SUS405 outer layer provides further easiness to the blade sharpening.

Octagonal Pakka Wood / Full tang

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Water resistant, Palm friendly Octa-Design

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SAKON_MURAKUMO

武生特殊鋼材VG10割込

ステンレス鍔・合板柄モデル

SAKON MURAKUMO Stainless Damask

SAKON Murakumo Stainless Damask features

33-layer Damascus pattern is created by the alternating rolling and processing of different types of soft stainless steel, and the core material is the well-established VG10 stainless steel. This multilayer combination creates a rich, captivating pattern alternating from matte gray to silver throughout the surface of the blade. Each knife, unique in pattern, is truly a work of art.

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Pakka wood handle /Available color variation

The collection come fitted with a stainless bolster and a comfortable western style water-resistant pakka wooden handle. Attached to the tang with three rivets for strength and durability.

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SAKON MURAKUMO TSUCHIME

AUS8本割込

ステンレス鍔・合板柄モデル

SAKON MURAKUMO Hammered

SAKON MURAKUMO TSUCHIME

Original “Tsuchime” Dimple finish

The name, MURAKUMO is taken from legendary AMENO MURAKUMO swords in Japanese myths. The blade upper surface dimple pattern evokes “gathering clouds”, the original meaning of Japanese word “Murakumo”. Under the ridge line, its lower surface is finished by traditional “Kumorashi” method using rare stone-powder.

The blade with its traditional Japanese triple lamination with soft stainless SUS405 provides easy re-sharpening and the central core molybdenum vanadium stainless steel(AUS8) gives “Tsuchime” series blade a stable edge retention and hardness of up to HRC-60.

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Pakka wood handle

These 73 layers models come fitted with a stainless bolster and a comfortable black western style water-resistant pakka wooden handle. Attached to the tang with three rivets for strength and durability.

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Available Pakka wood handle colors

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