History of Yoshihiro Knives

Japanese Chef Knife

Yoshihiro Cutlery is a leading provider of premium kitchen cutlery in Japan. The company has a history spanning over 100 years, and has always specialized in manufacturing handcrafted, premium Japanese kitchen knives. Yoshihiro knives are used by both professional and amateur chefs worldwide, and the company’s products proudly represent the Japanese tradition of beauty and excellence. Consistently manufacturing knives that are durable and high-quality is what Yoshihiro excels at.

History of Yoshihiro Knives

For over 100 years, Yoshihiro Cutlery has been and continues to be a leading provider of premium, high-quality kitchen cutlery in Japan. Up until 2008, Yoshihiro Cutlery only sold its products in Japan, but this all changed in 2008 when the company opened a location in Beverly Hills, California and began offering their products to customers in the United States and worldwide. Today, Yoshihiro Cutlery’s Beverly Hills location has over 600 products for sale and continues to serve customers worldwide through their online store.

Yoshihiro Knives’s manufacturing method

Yoshihiro Cutlery knives are handmade by artisans who utilize ancient knife manufacturing techniques. These techniques date back to the 14th century during the medieval Japan, where swordsmiths would be required to master the art of crafting the perfect weapon by learning, understanding and utilizing special techniques for handling fire, iron, and water. Over the course of the next 700 years, these swordsmiths gradually transitioned to crafting cooking knives, and their techniques used to craft swords also flowed into the crafting of Japanese kitchen knives. Japanese knife manufacturers would gradually introduce kitchen knives in a wide variety of styles, and both professional and amateur chefs would adopt these knives for their own kitchens due to the knives’ reputation for excellent performance and beautiful aesthetics. Because of this, Yoshihiro Cutlery’s products are a good representation of Japanese swords and knives which are known for their unparalleled quality and attention to detail.

The company offers a wide range of knives for different uses. Their Honyaki Knife Series represents the best of traditional Japanese swordmaking, and the ZDP-189 Chef’s Knife Series combines modern Japanese metallurgy with age old traditional techniques. Yoshihiro Cutlery is more than just a knife brand, as it culminates over seven centuries of traditional Japanese techniques with modern innovation to create something for everyone.

Yoshihiro Cutlery’s high-carbon steel knives feature a protective film known as ‘Sabidome’. Sabidome is exclusive to Yoshihiro Cutlery, and is applied to high-carbon steel knives to prevent them from rusting during shipment. Knives with sabidome may look like they have very fine scratches on the blades, however they are just smudges on the protective film and are easily removable. The sabidome is also perfectly safe, and after a few uses of the knife the protective film will come off on its own. If you prefer to remove the sabidome prior to use, this can be easily done with lacquer thinner, which is available at most hardware stores. Simply apply a few drops of the lacquer to a soft cloth and rub the knife’s blade on both sides. When the film is off, it’s recommended that Tsubaki oil be applied to the blade to prevent it from rust and discoloration.

Yoshihiro Cutlery’s business philosophy is ‘every moment in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’. This translates to their knives, as they can last for a lifetime if maintained properly. This philosophy is why countless chefs around the world use Yoshihiro knives.


The company offers a wide range of knives made with different types of metal in both single to double edge. For those looking for a premium knife for cooking, Yoshihiro is one of the best choices. The knives are expensive, however they will last a lifetime and feature everything you’d come to expect from a Japanese knife, from the unparalleled quality and attention to detail, to the sharpness and durability. Yoshihiro Cutlery also manufactures a wide range of kitchen accessories including cutting boards, sharpening stones, scissors, and chopsticks. Be sure to check them out today!