Sakai Takayuki "Nanairo" Series Yanagiba

by Sakai Takayuki


We are excited to bring you Sakai Takayuki's innovative product of 2020, the new "Nanairo" series Yanagiba with an amazing selection of Echizen painted handles. This very affordable Yanagiba line is suitable as your first Yanagiba, or simply a colourful addition to your existing knife set. For professionals, this knife is great as a backup knife or a shared knife used in professional kitchens.
Made with INOX special steel, and hand sharpened, the Nanairo line crossovers with Echizen's traditional painting technique, but on a modern ABS Resin material to make a line of amazingly beautiful handles. Compared with traditional wood handles, these are painted with antibacterial paint, a timely product in today's health-conscious world.


  • Origin (Made in): Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Brand: Sakai Takayuki
  • Knife Type: Yanagiba
  • Blade
    • Construction: Awase (Kasumi)
    • Grind: Single Bevel (Right-handed)
    • Hagane (Core Steel): INOX Special Stainless Steel
    • Jigane (Cladding): Stainless Steel 
    • Hardness: 58-59 HRC
    • Hand-forged, hand-grinded, hand-sharpened
  • Blade Finishes: Kasumi Polish
  • Blade Length: 210mm (8.2") / 240mm (9.4") / 270mm (10.6") / 300mm (11.8")
  • Blade Height (at heel): 33mm
  • Spine Thickness
    • Above heel: 3.8mm
    • Middle: 3.3mm
  • Handle
    • Premium Custom Handle
    • Shape: Hachikaku (Octagonal)
    • Material: ABS Resin (Heat resistant to 90℃ / 194 ℉)
    • Paint: Antibacterial Paint (Echizen Technique)
    • Length: 143mm
  • Overall Length: 345mm / 375mm / 405mm / 435mm
  • Weight: 158g (6.03oz) / 160g (5.64oz) / 207g (7.30oz) / 320g (11.29oz)
  • Mark: In Japanese Kanji "Sakai Takayuki" (堺孝行)

About Sakai Takayuki 堺 孝行

Sakai Takayuki is Sakai's top knife maker and artisan workshop. Japan's Sakai region has a knife making history of 600 years. Among these knife makers, Sakai Takayuki is a representative of Sakai's long history of making blades. The quality of the finish and details of the forging technique are handed down over generations of fine craftsmen. Today Sakai Takayuki is sold to over 100 countries around the world. Their uncompromising knife making passion has attracted passionate customers beyond the border of Japan.


Wash and dry with a soft sponge, and safely store after use. Avoid cutting into bones, frozen foods, hard fruit pits.

Cutting Surface:

Recommended cutting surface: wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.


We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives. 

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