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Why do TOP chefs in New York use Japanese knives?

Reuters reported that Mr. Michael Romano, a joint owner of the high-end restaurant in New York “Union Square Cafe”, reveals that many top chefs use Wa-bocho or Japanese traditional style kitchen knives. The restaurant has been awarded “No.1 Favorite New York Restaurant” by Zagat Survey in 2008, “Best of Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator 2012-2013 and so on. He …

PARTS of JAPANESE KNIFE

We’re sure that you know the parts of a Japanese knife, don’t you? But in this article, we show you the whole picture of the Japanese knife to prevent the confusion. Because the name of the parts is sometimes called in Japanese words when you talk about the Wa-bocho (Japanese traditional kitchen knives) We hope that you’ll check …

Best Guide of Sushi and Sashimi Knives

[updated on 26th Nov. 2016] “Sushi Knife” and “Sashimi Knife” are the words that represent Japanese kitchen knives, that is actually called “Hocho” in Japan. The Hocho is considered the most important tool for professional and amateur cooks, and a Japanese proverb says “The Hocho is the soul of the cook”. Here, we’re pleased to …

How to prevent rust on your knife during stock

It is likely to get rust on the blade made of steel if you do not care for it. Especially most of Japanese traditional style knives are made of carbon steel, that is very sharp but easy to get rust. To prevent rust, you need to do some adequate maintenance. Don’t mind! It is very …

Shiki-bocho, very traditional Japanese food ceremony

“Shiki-bocho” is a traditional Japanese food ceremony which is said started 1200 years ago.The chef, who wears Kariginu with Eboshi and Hakama, uses a kitchen knife to cook without touching any fish and birds on the cutting board, to make auspicious-arranged dish.Shiki-bocho is representatively held on “Sechie”, which is Janyary 1, March 3, May 5, …

Can you ship Japanese Kitchen Knives to my Country?

Some customers are concerned about whether we can ship to their countries, because customs offices in several countries are often very strict.This time, we’ve made a country list for them according to our experience, that shows countries which we have shipped to so far.     We’d be happy if you would refer to it for your best GIFT, Japanese …

What are the best knife set in my cooking school?

A new cooking school owner was looking for her best knives.“I am about to pull the trigger on a few knives. However, I’ve started cooking school, though I’ve been cooking for a while, and I am still unsure on which would be the best tools for me. I mean I know which types of knives I …

“Honyaki” is made by Japanese Katana technique?

“Honyaki” knives are true-forged and made of a 100% single material, usually high-carbon steel or “hagane”.The finest Honyaki (mizu-honyaki) knives are then differentially-hardened, the same method used for traditional Japanese sword, “katana”. Honyaki is extremely difficult to forge, requiring a high level of skill and experience.“Mr.Tatsuo Ikeda is a blacksmith in Sakai JAPAN, a certified …

I would like to have the knife hardness 64-65 up !

Some customers seek kitchen knives with very high degree of hardness, for example, “I would like to know about you knife I would like to get 1 yanagiba and 1 deba. I would like to know the scale of Rockwell hardness please let me know, thank you very much.  I would like to have the …

Culture of Japanese Kitchen Knives

This is a documentary of Sushi Knives by NHK, The Japan Broadcasting Corporation. Its narration is in English, so very useful for you to understand in detail.   If you have any question, please feel free to contact us anytime. Thank you for reading and best regards! All the Hocho-Knife staff ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Hocho” represents Made-in-Japan (Sushi …

Why SAKAI ?

Much high-quality Japanese knives originates from SAKAI in Osaka, Japan, the capital of samurai sword manufacturing since the 14th century.The Sakai sushi knives industry started in the 16th century and nowadays enhanced its reputation for quality worldwide. You know, it is said that around “90%” of the professional Japanese-style-ood chefs in Japan use the knives …

Kitchen-knife mound, “Hocho-Zuka”

“Hocho-Zuka” is a kitchen-knife mound in Japan to pray for prosperity of your business and thankfulness for the knife you have used. People dedicate their used kitchen knives into it, and make a commitment in front of the mound that they strive to study more and more of the cooling skill in future.   Thank …

Blade Styles — (3)Japanese Style Knives

Originally, all Japanese kitchen knives were made from the carbon steel as Samurai swords (katana). More expensive multi-layer (more than three-layer) knives have a similar quality, containing an inner core of hard and brittle carbon steel, with a thick layer of soft and more ductile steel sandwiched around the core so that the hard steel …

Blade Styles — (2)Western Style Knives

In Japan, Western-style knives were developed to meet the needs of Japanese chefs preparing non-Japanese cuisine. Today, Japanese knife makers are engineering new advanced manufacturing processes such as ‘sub-zero tempering’ and premium trademark-formulated knife steels to produce exceptional Western-style knives. However, what really sets Western-style knives from Japan apart from the typical Western-style knives is …

Blade Styles — (1) Western versus Japanese

Most knife manufacturers in Japan have both the Japanese-style knives and Western-style knives. There are lots of Japanese knives with Western-style handles or blades or both, pretty much any maker in Japan has several knives in Western-style and vice versa, most of all the major knife manufacturers in Europe and US make several Japanese influenced …

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