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Knife Making Areas of Japan

Japan has a long tradition of knife manufacturing and it is a tradition that is not just limited to one area, like in the UK (Sheffield), Germany (Solingen) or France (Thiers). Japanese knife manufacturing is spread out over the whole country, but generally there are important differences in the types of product coming out of each area. Tsubame-Sanjo Located on the West coast of Japan around the prefecture of Niigata are located Japan’s most famous knife factories. The city of Tsubame has had a large metal working industry since the... Read More


Why Japanese Knives are the best Knives!

Why Japanese Knives are the Best Knives! Japanese Knives have a reputation for being much sharper than their European counterparts, but why is this and why is a sharper knife better? Japanese Knives are generally constructed using much harder steels than European knives. Using hard steel allows Japanese knife makers to make quite thin blades that are able to hold their edges a lot longer than European knives and be sharpened to a much finer point. Japanese knife manufacturing techniques have evolved from traditional sword making techniques in a similar... Read More


Why is a Japanese Knife more expensive?

High End Materials High end materials, like powdered steels, do not come cheap. These steels which are specially made for knives are made in small quantities by very advanced mills. Many of these high-end steels require very specialist knowledge on how to forge and strengthen the steel. Few manufacturers know how to work with steels like this, or simply do not bother as the high price means that knives cannot be made on a mass scale. Many Chinese factories have access to VG-10 or copies of VG-10. The steel used... Read More


Top 10 Best Japanese Chef’s Knives

Top 10 Best Japanese Chef’s Knives Global G-2 Best Looking Exquisite looks and modern design, despite being released over 35 years ago. We still think that Global makes the best all round Japanese knife. Its convex edge means it will stay sharp out the box for a long time. Unlike some of the newer brands, it is not too hard, but will hold a good edge and look great in a set in the kitchen. Tamahagane San SN-1105 For the connoisseur Simply gorgeous to look at and hold, Tamahagane’s 3... Read More

Best Japanese Knife Brands

The Top Japanese Knife Brands The Japanese have an unrivalled ability to make the best chef’s knives in the world. Japanese forging techniques are renowned all over the world and the Japanese mentality of perfection, making sure only the best materials and manufacturing techniques are used, ensures quality. Global Probably the most famous of all the big Japanese knife manufactures. Global have been making their signature range since 1985 when the knives were launched on the worldwide market and were truly revolutionary in design and performance. Global make over 150... Read More


Recipe: Black Rice Paella

This Christmas, most of us will be spending plenty of time at home, and you know what that means: lots of cooking and eating in! You may already have your roast turkey dinner prepared, but what about all those before and after meals? (We can’t just have turkey over the festive season, after all…) With only two weeks to go until Christmas, now’s the time to amp up your kitchen repertoire.  This time, we are exploring arròs negre, a dish that is sure to impress your dinner guests and transport... Read More


Recipe: Japanese Swiss Rolls

It may surprise you to know that Swiss rolls, despite its name, did not originate from Switzerland. In fact, its origins are unknown, although it has been said that the dessert originally came from Austria. Its distinct spiral shape and tasty flavours have made it a popular dessert across the world, and many countries have created their own distinct versions over the years.  In Japan, for example, Swiss rolls are known as “roll cake”, and are often filled with whipped cream and fruits such as strawberries. Recipe Ingredients: While it... Read More


Making Your Own Anmitsu

There’s always room for dessert, as the saying goes. Isn’t this a thought that we’ve all had at some point in our lives? It turns out, so have the Japanese. In fact, the notion is so familiar that they even have their own word for it. Betsubara, literally meaning different stomach, is used in Japanese to say that desserts go into a second stomach in your body. Following from that, it makes sense that Japan is pretty much a treasure trove for dessert lovers. While many Western-style desserts, such as... Read More


The Origins and Rise of Baumkuchen in Japan

If you’ve been to Japan, you may have noticed Baumkuchen everywhere. Perhaps you’ve tasted one before – simple, yet so delicious! This traditional German confectionery literally means “tree cake”, where its name derives from the layers of concentric rings that make up the dessert, resembling the rings of a tree. Although its origins are in Germany, Baumkuchen is arguably more popular in Japan, where they are often sold in a range of places, from small slices being packaged as a snack in convenience stores, to whole rings being sold in... Read More


Tsukemono: Healthy Japanese Pickles

The humble tsukemono (漬物) or Japanese pickle are often overlooked in Japanese cuisine but are in fact a huge contributor to a healthy Japanese diet. Known for increasing ‘gut flora’ and dietary fibre, tsukemono are vegetables, fruits or even flowers made from preserving and fermenting delicious seasonal fruit and vegetables in a pickling brine such as soy sauce, sake, rice vinegar or simply covered with a preserving ingredient such as salt. They add a crunchy, tangy, salty and sometimes spicy kick to your food and we can’t get enough of... Read More