Mr. Shigyo Sakaba is considered to be the founder of the SKB (SaKaBa) Arms Company. In 1966, SKB began producing shotguns for Ithaca Gun Company, producing a complete line of shotguns that included semi-automatic, side by side, single barrel and over & under models. In 1983 the Company was sold to the Mira family in Tomobe Japan. The Mira family was long established in the heavy construction industry, and quarry operations with its major customer being Japanese rail.
In 2008, the economic turmoil started by the loan failures in the U.S. housing industry, began to take on global consequences and spilled over into other industries slowing demand and production. Since it did not appear that there was going to be quick recovery in the global economy, the decision to close the factory was made in late 2009. The new line of SKB Shotguns are being produced, under a license agreement, by two factories in Turkey.