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Sakai, located in Osaka prefecture, is the most famous city in Japan for the highest quality cutlery and has a 600 year history of producing Samurai swords then eventually kitchen knives. Today, more than 90% of Japanese-style knives are from Sakai. Although Aoki Hamono may not have the longest history within Sakai, they are highly trusted by Chefs for their consistency in quality. Aoki Hamono have been making knives in Sakai under the name Sakai Takayuki since 1947. In Sakai, knives are made by dividing the labor of each step. Depending on the stage of production, a different specialist is responsible for that portion of work. In this way, they can ensure that at each stage of production the best, most skilled craftsman for that work is doing the job. This division of labor goes down to the craftsmen who make the sayas, the handles and who sharpen the knives. With generations of skilled, specialized labor at their backs, there is little that Sakai Takayuki cannot do.
Kyocera Corporation, the headquarters and parent company of the global Kyocera group, was founded in 1959 in Kyoto, Japan as a start-up venture by Dr. Kazuo Inamori and seven colleagues. Kyocera is, in fact, a contraction of “Kyoto Ceramics” displaying their focus on high-quality ceramic production. Kyocera's founders shared a vision of creating a company dedicated to the successful manufacture and sale of innovative products based on advanced materials and components. Over the past five decades, this vision has resulted in a highly successful and widely diversified global enterprise. One of their most relevant contributions to the cooking world is the production of ceramic cutlery, which, many times harder than steel and rust-proof, is ideal for low-maintenance households with a need for a quality blade that requires minimal effort.