Renowned for their lightweight but sharp Blades - We offer Japanese Knives for everyone from professional chefs to brand new home cooks. With the best brands from Japan such as Yaxell, Miyabi, Kai Shun, Global & TOG, we've got the knife for all jobs in the Kitchen.
As the name suggests, no chef would be without their trusty Chef’s Knife, also sometimes referred to as a Cook’s Knife. This large bladed knife is truly multi-purpose tool and can be used for a wide range of tasks from preparing meat and vegetables, jointing larger cuts of meat right through to finely mincing herbs and garlic. This workhorse knife is a real kitchen all-star.
Blade sizes of Chef’s Knifes can vary greatly – ours range between 15cm and 25cm. Generally following 2 primary styles; European or Japanese blade profiles, finding the right type for your style of cooking is vitally important.
A European blade, such as the Sabatier and Victorinox knives, tends to have a generous curve to the cutting edge and a double bevelled blade, creating a ‘V’ shaped cutting edge. Usually forged from high quality, high carbon stainless steel with a full tang handle for strength and stability, this style of knife is perfect for most styles of Western cooking, the hardwearing blades can cut firm root vegetables and sliced effortlessly through large roasting joints.
A Japanese profile blade is better suited to more delicate tasks such as delicate slicing of fish, meats and vegetables, although they will also perform beautifully for normal day to day needs.
Many keen cooks enjoy having both styles at their disposal, so they can always be sure they have the right knife for the job to hand.
A paring knife is a handy little blade that you will find yourself reaching for time and again. It will be your invaluable kitchen companion for all manner of trimming, peeling and slicing for fruit and vegetables, as well as for more delicate tasks such as deveining prawns or carving intricate fruit or vegetable plate decorations.
With their smaller handles and short, sharp blades they give you the ultimate in control for fine and delicate work.
The classic Japanese general-purpose knife, perfect for slicing, chopping and dicing with its distinctive and unique blade profile can handle an exceptional range of uses, far more than the 3 uses indicated by the original translation of “three virtues” from its Japanese name.
Rather than ‘rocking’ the blade as you would with a European Chef’s Knife, a Santoku works best with a vertical motion, thanks to its unique ‘sheep’s foot’ shaped blade, the cutting edge is straighter and flatter than found on its European counterpart.
Whether using for cutting, slicing, mincing or dicing a Santoku knife is an outstanding kitchen tool to have at your disposal.
The unique pattern on the blades of Japanese blades is created by the multiple layers of high-quality steel which is repeatedly folded and beaten to create not only beautiful looking blades, but also the best possible performance for both strength and sharpness. Perfectly balanced handles work in harmony with the wide blades to make using these stunning knives truly a joy.
For some tasks in the kitchen you need something that little bit different, whether it’s a large Chinese cleaver for crushing spices and dicing meats for that authentic Oriental recipe, or a carefully crafted Oyster knife sometimes only the real deal will do.
We have carefully hand-selected some of the very best specialty knives and tools – each designed to perform their designated tasks to perfection and looking fabulous whilst doing so. If you are a budding Sushi chef looking for the authentic Japanese style blades or a barbecue master looking to debone and spatchcock your own poultry, you can be sure that we will have exactly the tools you need.
YaxellDivertimenti is proudly the exclusive stockist of Yaxell in the UK.
Yaxell knives are made in Seki, Japan; a city famous for centuries for the manufacture of Samurai swords and fine Japanese cutlery.
Our collection consists of 4 fantastic ranges; Ran, Gou, Super Gou & Ypsilon. Each of these ranges is created with a unique number of layers of Japanese Damascus steel to ensure extreme sharpness, edge retention as well as giving the blade its striking good looks. The handles of all Yaxell knives are made of Micarta, a very strong and hygienic material that results in a handle that is every bit as hygienic as a stainless steel one but much more comfortable to hold during use.
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In 1984, Kyocera was one of the first companies in the world to begin manufacturing and selling kitchen knives with blades made from fine ceramics. Since then, Kyocera has been continually enhancing the material technology and design of its ceramic kitchen tools
Global Knives were first designed in 1985 by Komin Yamada; his mission was to create a revolutionary range of knives using top quality materials and innovative manufacturing techniques. Their range of knives are suitable for both professionals and amateurs helping make cooking an enjoyable experience.