Many of you may not be aware of the brand “Sakai Jikko”, yet is a very well-known brand in the Japan domestic market with a long history of making premium professional kitchen knives. They were established in 1901, and now is in the hands of the 4th generation owner Toshiyuki Jikko.
In the past years, they were so focused on the domestic market and a lot of OEM work so many of us has barely heard of them. In fact, Jikko is among the biggest Sakai knife brands.
Jikko also has a long history of partnering with some of the top Sakai makers. The late Tatsuo Ikeda (elder brother of Yoshikazu Ikeda) used to work mostly with Jikko and now his son Ryoichi Ikeda is doing the same. Kenichi Shiraki is another master that works a lot with Jikko, mostly responsible for Jikko’s Blue steel and honyaki blades.