Sakai Takayuki Ginga ZA-18 Damascus Santoku 180mm

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Sakai Takayuki

Aoki Ichiro, founder of Aoki Hamono cutlery house, moved to Sakai in 1947. Sakai is already, at that time, a traditional knives making center located south of downtown Osaka. He gives his brand the name of his eldest son: SAKAI TAKAYUKI. Aoki Takahiro, 3rd generation now runs the family business.

Aoki Hamono has its own forges, very famous, known as the "Sanpo workshop". It is the kingdom of Master smith Doi Itsuo (he has been working for 3 generations for Aoki Hamono) and Master knife maker Yamatsuka Mitsuo and his sons. 

Aoki Hamono also ensures that the tradition and skills of Sakai's cutlery are passed on to the next generation by training and employing young apprentices, not only preserving the traditions of the past, but assuming responsibility for to come up. This deep involvement in the making of knives is one of the reasons why Aoki Hamono and Sakai Takayuki knives have become the number one cutlery market in Sakai.

Each knife is hand sharpened to ensure maximum sharpness out of the box. We highly recommend you to once experience the Takayuki quality.

Product detail

The GINGA (Galaxy) line from Sakai Takayuki has a stunning mirror-finished 69-layer damascus finish cladding, with latest alloy core ZA-18, developed by Aichi Steel Co.

With 1.2% Carbon, 18% Chromium and additional 1.8% Cobalt, ZA-18 with typical HRC 61-63 can reach high sharpness, excellent edge retention and extra strong to bending and breaking.



145 g

Total Length

340 mm

Tip to Heel Length

186 mm

Blade Height at Heel

46.6 mm

Width of Spine Above Heel

1.8 mm

Width of Spine at Middle of Blade

1.8 mm

Width of Spine at about 1cm From the Tip

1.0 mm


ZA-18 core with damascus cladding


HRC 61-63

Handle Design

Octagonal Wenge Wood with Horn Ferrule

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