ZA-18 Sujihiki Damascus 240mm (9.5")
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ZA-18 Damascus Sujihiki (slicer) is another astonishingly-looking and high-performing knife made by the hands of master Osamu-san, the head blacksmith of Yoshida Hamono. With its 63-layers of Damascus pattern it will be the star of your kitchen, either at home or in a professional setting. Sujihiki or slicer knives are primarily intended for long pulls and precise cuts of meat and fish. The long and narrow blade is particularly useful for slicing meat or boneless fish, or for filleting and skinning fish. The long blade allows the meat or fish to be cut in a single drawing motion, from heel to tip.
ZA-18 features similar characteristics than VG-10 steel. While VG-10 is the flagship steel of the Takefu steel manufacturer, ZA-18 is made by Aichi Steel. Both steels have a similar chemical composition, with ZA-18 having a slightly higher content of carbon, chromium, molybdenum and cobalt, and thus a little more strength, durability and resistance to corrosion. Steel has been tempered to a hardness of around 61-62 HRC.
Yoshida fitted to his ZA-18 Damascus line of knives a beautiful Rosewood asymmetrical D-shaped handle. It will fit best into the hands of right-handed users, but it can also be used by left-handed (the thumb can rest nicely on the "pointy" part of the D-shape, and usually the preferred grip on Japanese knives is a pinch grip, where the shape of the handle doesn't matter much).
|Blade shape:||Sujihiki / Slicer|
|Hardness (HRC scale):||61-62|
|Blade length:||240mm (9.5")|
|Handle type / wood:||Japanese / Rosewood|
Use & Care:
- Handwash in warm water and towel dry
- Use a sharpening stone (not a honing steel!) to sharpen your knife
- Do not cut frozen foods and meat bones
- Do not put the knife in a dishwasher
- Read our comprehensive guide on proper Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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