Although the knife sheath is not unique to Japan, few knife covers perform as well as the Japanese saya. The design of the saya has not changed much in hundreds of years; saya covers for kitchen knives fit the knife snugly to protect the blade when storing or traveling. Ho-no-ki, or Japanese Magnolia wood, is often used to make saya covers for traditional and Western-style knives. Ho wood is the perfect protection for knives; it is soft, moisture-resistant and contains no strong resins that might cause corrosion in carbon steel. The ho-no-ki of Korin's saya covers is grown in northern Japan where the cold climate encourages the growth of densely-grained wood that will not warp.
- Saya pin is included with purchase.
Korin Japanese Trading Corp.