When young Japanese designer KOMIN YAMADA was asked in 1983 to design the first GLOBAL® Kitchen Knives, he could not possibly have expected to have to wait almost 30 years for his next commission!
Such has been the worldwide success of the CLASSIC Global® Knife series, that despite constant steps to expand manufacturing capacity at the factory in Japan, demand has consistently exceeded supply, causing long waiting lists for the much coveted products, and an inability to free production space for a new knife series.
When the call finally came, the challenge was exacting: to design a revolutionary new series of Global Knives which was, on the one hand, true to the proud traditions and heritage of both Global and Yoshikin, whilst on the other, relevant to the world of today, the contemporary zeitgeist. Needless to say, the knives had to combine a fresh NEW DESIGN with the HIGH PERFORMANCE levels expected of the brand, using the most UP-TO-DATE MATERIALS available.
Once again, KOMIN YAMADA drew his inspiration from the times of the Samurai warriors of feudal Japan. The behaviour of these fearsome soldiers was bound by BUSHIDO, a strict moral code of conduct, comprised of 7 stringent principles or virtues: GI (rectitude), YUKI (courage), JIN (benevolence), REI (respect), MAKOTO (honesty), MEIYO (honour) and CHUGI (loyalty).
These 7 virtues are represented on the handles of all GLOBAL SAI® Knives by 7 black dots or bullet holes. The handles are, as always, beautifully crafted by Yoshikin using their many years of manufacturing experience and know-how, and perfectly balanced. They have as their additional trademark, an ergonomical THUMB REST.
For the blades of Sai Knives, Yoshikin have selected the most advanced 3-PLY SPECIAL STEEL, incorporating a central core of CROMOVA 18 material of substantial hardness in order to keep an extremely sharp edge, sandwiched between layers of softer, corrosion resistant 18/8 STAINLESS STEEL.
The blades of Sai knives are given a HAMMERED finish. Not only does this impart style and individuality to the knives, but it also helps to avoid food sticking to the blades whilst cutting. They are then mirror polished by hand to a RAZOR SHARP edge.
And so, to the name. SAI roughly translates as colourful or striking as attributed to a person or personality. And this is how KOMIN YAMADA sees the knives as a vibrant and playful contrast to conformity - charismatically cosmopolitan by nature.
There are 15 KNIVES in the range, with one for every purpose, from peeling fruit to delicate preparation of fish and vegetables, and dealing with the largest joints of meat.