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In the latter half of the 16th century,cigarettes transmitted from Portugal were cultivated in the country, and alarge number of knives to hash cigarette leaves became necessary, so"Tobacco Knives" were made for the first time in Sakai. Because ofits high quality, in the 17th century, the Edo shogunate gave thetitle "Sakai Kiwami"(means highest quality ), and its name spreadnationwide.
Sakai kitchen knife finished carefully one by one is characterized byoutstanding sharpness, and it is loved by many professional chefs. According tothe client 's wishes, craft men commit  length,thickness, angle until millimeters or more. This polished craftsmanship greatlycontributes to the development of food culture.