I spent a moment with Yasuhiro Hirakawa, Sasuke. The iconic Sakai's knife master, who's legacy looks back 22 generations.
Yasuhiro uses the word “kireaji ” repeatedly when describing knives that have been produced in Sakai. A term that doesn’t have a direct translation, but it has everything to do with the sharpness of the knife and its effect on the taste and presentation of food.
“The kireaji of a knife will change the look of a dish.”
"The knife master controls fire, earth and water. We say his shop becomes a shrine and the blacksmith himself, a demigod."
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