Sakai Cutlery

Sakai came to make kitchen knives for chopping up tobacco leaves when Japan started growing home-produced tobacco which was introduced from Portugal.
That was the beginning of Sakai cutlery.
Especially after the Tokugawa shogunate gave Sakai a monopoly, its fame spread throughout Japan.
Sakai is proud of the sharpness of its knives, like famous swords, for which even professional cooks express great admiration.