Santoku knife, Shirogami 2, Unryu Range Damascus finish - Tsukasa Hinoura
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The renowned Sanjo knife maker, master Tsukasa Hinoura started blacksmithing in 1975. As with a lot of the knife makers he also creates forestry tools such as the nata (which we sell), and also hunting knives. In Japan he is exceptionally famous for these items and demand is high, the knock on effect is that his kitchen knives are also incredibly hard to get hold of. Luckily during my last trip to Japan I got to meet Tsukasa san and his son Mutsumi san. From this trip we managed to bring back quite a few knives but most importantly order lots for the future.
This range of knives comes from prelaminated stock.
SHAPE: Santoku. Named after the three best things to do with this knife - slicing, dicing and mincing. It is the classic veg prep knife with both good breadth and width.
STEEL: Shirogami (white) 2 steel. It is a reactive carbon steel which is easy to sharpen and holds an edge well. This steel is often chosen for traditional-style Japanese knives. Care must be taken to keep these knives dry as they will rust easily.
FINISH: Damascus or suminigashi. This type of finish is made by creating a Kitaeji; which is produced by repeatedly folding/stacking then compressing two different steels until they create a laminated pattern. This can then be manipulated in various ways to produce the maker’s desired pattern effect. This material is then clad around the core metal of the blade as an elaborate protective layer for the core steel, thus giving the knife a beautiful and striking appearance. In the case of this knife, the Damascus cladding has both copper and brass in it giving it the beautiful colour.
HANDLE: Pagoda wood handle.
LENGTH: 165mm in length
MAKER: Tsukasa Hinoura - Sanjo, Japan
BEST FOR: Those wanting a knife made by a god.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "bar the usual stuff, my most expensive possession by a country mile is one of Tsukasa Hinoura's knives. Anything you get from him is utterly jaw dropping and this ‘affordable’ range is no exception. Buy them, while you can!”