The history of knife-making in Seki began 780 years ago, during the Kamakura period, when a sword smith from Kyushu named Motoshige moved to Seki and became involved in Katana-making.

Seki has all essential natural resources, making it the ideal city for forging Katana blades – the reason why Seki became one of the most popular and renowned sword-making cities in Japan.

In 1876, however, the government issued the Sword Abolishment Edict, which prohibited people from carrying weapons in public. The demand for Katana dropped sharply. Many sword smiths had to forge knives, small swords and shears in order to continue their way of life. Because of this, Seki moved from being a sword-making city to producing kitchen knives for daily use.

Yaxell Corporation has inherited these ancient sword smiths’ traditional skills, and has been crafting professional kitchen knives since the company's establishment in 1932.

Kitchen knives exist as essential products in our daily lives.
Combining the best of advanced technology with the unsurpassed knowledge and expertise of traditional craftsmen,
Yaxell have created several high-end knife lines. Each high-end knife line has one Japanese character as its name: “GOU”, “ RAN”, “ ZEN” and “ MON”. “ RAN” has become popular around the world. This success has sparked a trend among other brands of putting one Japanese character on their blades and affirmed Yaxell Corporation’s status as a world-class manufacturing company.

The Yaxell stainless-steel blades are heated in a kiln to a very high temperature and then ice hardened. They are then again hardened using high temperature to make the blade strong and durable with long-lasting performance. This special heat treatment makes the blades resistant to corrosion. The Yaxell handles are made of Micarta, a natural material of resin and linen that gives optimal strength and best hygiene by closing any gaps between the handle and the steel blade.