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.
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