When it comes to cutlery, Japanese knives are known for being some of the best cutting tools in the world. Chefs and home cooks alike agree that their dedication to quality and craftsmanship makes them well worth the price tag, though there are plenty of affordable options out there, too. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect chef’s knife or need a special blade for slicing meat, vegetables, or fish, these blades are some of the best Japanese cutlery on the market right now. Note: Many of these knives are made with carbon steel, which requires extra care to avoid staining and rusting. Make sure to read up carefully on the care instructions when purchasing one of these blades to ensure it has a long life in your kitchen. You certainly don’t want to spend a couple hundred bucks on a knife only to have to not usable after a few months. Aritsugu is one of the oldest knife shops in Japan; it started out making swords for the Imperial Family in 1560. This Yanagi knife is handcrafted by forging carbon steel with iron, which creates a knife that is less brittle and easier to sharpen. It’s ideal for slicing raw fish, carving meat, or cutting vegetables into paper-thin slices....