I have known Masaaki for the past 10 years both as a fellow chef, and of late, as the supplier and sharpener of my knives.
The knives supplied by Saito knives are simply the finest knives I have ever used. They keep a great edge, look sexy, and perform effortlessly whenever delicate or intricate work is required.
In addition, Masaaki is an eminently wonderful man that I enjoy doing business with. I totally recommend the man and his company.
Salt Village Kingscliff
I once believed that every chef should sharpen their own knives. Since Masaaki Saito started sharpening polishing my knives, I have had no intention of ever trying to sharpen my knives by myself. It should be left for a professional like Masaaki!
2013 Master Chef The Professionals
For superior sharpness, quality & professionalism, we recommend SAITO KNIVES.
Emerald Lakes Golf Club Kitchen Team
Carrara Gold Coast
To anyone looking to use or purchase a knife,
Masaaki is simply the best in the business. A Chef’s knife is the difference between good and great when it comes to the behind the scenes work we do each day. Simply put, nothing great comes from an average knife.
Masaaki’s knives are insanely sharp, keep their edge, and stand out amongst others. Across both of my kitchens all 11 chefs now use his knives, this speaks for itself. It is also necessary to point out that his after purchase service of sharpening with home pick-up & delivery is second to none. A true gentleman and professional in every sense!
I cannot speak highly enough of Masaaki.
Lia Wilson – Executive Chef
Highly recommended, excellent quality knives and sharpening service.
Seasalt Pizzeria Ristorante
Salt Village Kingscliff
I've been a chef for past 18 years and in that time I have used many knife sharpening companies and in my professional opinion SAITO KNIVES is the best by far. Masaaki treats each knife individually and with great care. I would highly recommend SAITO KNIVES to anyone who cares about their knives.
Head Chef Bellini Restaurant
Salt Village Kingscliff
Having been in hospitality for over 30 years I always sharpened my own knives because that was what you do, but a friend told me about Masaaki and how good he is. I now only let Masaaki sharpen all my knives and am always happy with his skill and professionalism.
Proprietor The Terrace Espresso Bar
I have known Masaaki Saito for five years, in that time I have had the pleasure and honour of working with him. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to food, which he is happy to share. He applies himself like a true perfectionist in the kitchen from cleanliness to handling fish. He is extremely inspiring. What sets Masaaki apart from a lot of other amazing Chefs is his full rounded skill set as a Chef which includes handling and maintenance of knives. His appreciation and respect for knives is phenomenal, his knives are designed for an array of different purposes. He educates and guides you when you are purchasing new equipment.
I have bought many knives from Masaaki and I can proudly say that my knife collection is only Japanese knives from Masaaki now, I have developed this collection over the past five years and cherish each one. Owning these knives is one thing but being able to maintain them is a completely different story, That is where Masaki comes in. His service allows Chefs and their knives to remain in perfect condition and he is extremely efficient. He provides the convenient service at an extremely reasonable price considering the time and energy he spends per knife. Masaaki visited my kitchen fortnightly and maintained the knives as and when they needed it, they are back in twenty four hours.
I recently had the pleasure of having two michelin trained chefs in my kitchen who had their knives sharpened by Masaaki and were in complete awe of his work. I highly recommend Masaki’s knives and the service he provides. I am always impressed with his work and knowledge, we are extremely lucky to have such a talented Chef/ Japanese knife expert in the Northern rivers.
Former Head Chef of Harvest Cafe (2009-2014)
In all my time spent as a chef I have never come across anyone who is as meticulous, passionate and professional as Masaaki when it comes to sharpening knives. I don't trust my knives with anyone else.
Owner chef Italian At The Pacific, Main Street Burger Bar
Have been using SAITO KNIVES knife sharpening service for as long as its been operating for. Masaaki Saito knows chefs are very particular about their knives and treats them with the up most professional care and respect. General sharpening, restoration or repairs and Masaaki has his own range of quality hand made imported knives from Japan. I would highly recommend SAITO KNIVES to anyone. He's become a local legend around chefs in Byron Bay and beyond. Thanks You.
Head Chef The Riv Bar & Bistro Murwillumbah
I have been getting my knives sharpened by Masaaki for 5 years now and I couldn't be happier. His professionalism and workmanship is top class, once he is finished with my knives they are sharper than when I bought them. I have also purchased knives from Masaaki before, which I know will last me a lifetime.
Head Chef Beach Hotel
“Just received my scissors back from Masaaki and was really impressed. Usually, I have to send them away but having someone local who really knows sharpening is a real time saver.
Great job Masaaki thank you”.
Mullet hair Lennox Head
The only way to get your knives sharpened, very professional service, knives stay sharp longer, and have a razor sharp edge when sharpened by Masaaki.
Owner Chef Quattro Lennox Head
Absolute professional! Masaaki is a well-known and respected individual who always ensures you knives are performing at their best. Masaaki also has a beautiful range of Japanese knives that are made from the highest quality steel from one of the best knife makers at an affordable price. A rare find indeed! I highly recommend SAITO KNIVES to any professional who wants the best.
It is always such a pleasure to deal with Saito Knives- they epitomise professional service with integrity, style and excellent customer service that is rare to find! I would recommend their products and services to anyone that appreciates quality and the longevity of their products.