Best Made’s Japanese Knives

To celebrate Japanese craftsmanship, Best Made Co. launched a new capsule collection titled With Love from Japan.

To celebrate Japanese craftsmanship, Best Made Co. launched a new capsule collection titled With Love from Japan. The highlight of the collection is the release of new-and-improved S.S.B. Japanese Chef Knives that come with hand-scorched Shou Sugi Ban chestnut handles that are resistant to both water and heat.

The knives were forged in Sanjō, a city in central Niigata prefecture, for Best Made, and are highlighted by their unique handles. Shou Sugi Ban is a traditional technique of charring and brushing the surface of the wood.

Back in the day this technique was used to weatherproof cedar siding on old buildings, and by applying this technique in crafting the handles of the knives, the brand ensures durability and resistance to both water and heat. (Common reasons why you might find yourself with a cracked handle on your standard kitchen knives.)

The knife handle is expertly affixed with a water buffalo horn collar to a forged blade with an Aogami blue steel core. Best Made’s site states, “The high-carbon steel core is exposed only at the knife's edge, providing higher hardness for long-lasting sharpness, while the stainless surface layers improve toughness and reduce overall maintenance.”

In true Best Made fashion, the knives are complete with a Best Made Japanese emblem and for care purposes, they are shipped with a canvas blade guard for protection from moisture and chipping.

On top of the knives, the capsule collection also includes thermal jackets, quilted blankets, hand-dyed tenuguis, Higo knives, sake cups, hatchets and axes.

Kitchen knife 1

Kitchen knife 2

Kitchen knife 3

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