HADO (formerly known as Oul Sakai) sources blades from the best knife makers in Sakai, and has them sharpened by their resident master-sharpener, Maruyama-san. Hado was the first maker in Sakai to bring carbon steel clad with stainless steel to Yoshikazu Tanaka-san, and now Tanaka-san loves it! He now forges with this steel for several different companies.
The Ginsan series is forged by Yamatsuka-san, with the famous Ginsan stainless steel. Ginsan was created to cut like high carbon steel, with none of the maintenance that carbon steel is know for. It's perfect for home cooks who don't want to keep their knives dry, or the professional who needs a more rugged knife. Lightweight, flashy, and perfect for any kind of cook!
The Sumi line is an exciting collaboration between Hado and Knifewear! When they approached us, they were looking for new ideas for knives because they are one of the last makers in Sakai to get into kitchen knives. We suggested Kurouchi Finish with a nicely polished spine and choil. This makes them unique, as kurouchi finishes are historically uncommon in Sakai. We also introduced the idea of Ko-bunka being a very popular shape. They listened and created a knife line that is perfect for so many people who wanted to own Sakai knives, but hesitated because of the price.