Tojiro VG-10 Santoku DP Hammered 170mm (6.7")
Tojiro Santoku DP Hammered 170mm (6.7") is a new budget superstar from the hands Tojiro's blacksmiths. Tojiro's secret recipe of hardening VG-10 steel doesn't disappoint with this line of hammered kuro-uchi knives either. The knife is very sharp out-of-the-box and is ready to make some (precise) damage to the food you're about to prepare. The santoku shape is the most popular knife shape in Japanese home kitchens, so have no doubts it work well as a multi-purpose knife in your kitchen too. Dicing, slicing and mincing are the preferred moves with santoku knives. With the 170mm blade length, you will only miss a couple of centimeters when cutting larger pieces of meat.
The VG-10 core, clad into a layer of softer stainless steel, is hardened to 61 HRC. Not a super hard knife, but this also means it is not a very sensitive blade, so you'll get a good ratio of edge retention and not needing to worry about chipping the blade very easily. The looks on Tojiro's new line is simply stunning - you'll marvel at the beautiful hammer dents on the blade coupled with a rustic looking kuro-uchi finish. Hammer dents also have a function, they help with the food release.
A durable stamina wood handle is used, allowing for an ergonomic and fatigue-less grip. It features a stainless bolster and three rivets for a secure handle fixation, reducing the possibility for cracks in the handle.
Tojiro is one of the top 5 largest Japanese kitchen knife manufacturers, with headquarters in Niigata. They are renowned across Japan and internationally for their top-quality knives for a reasonable price. Tojiro's focus on advanced technologies, together with their insatiable dedication for constant improvements of their knives and materials, makes Tojiro's knives a must-have in any kitchen. The company is divided into two sections: Tojiro Factory and more recent Tojiro Atelier, the latter dedicated to producing elaborate custom-made knives. Visitors are welcome to visit both spaces and experience the knife manufacturing process (with all its sounds and smells) firsthand by observing the workflow from a raised catwalk. For more info on Tojiro and it's master blacksmith Tomoo Matsumura check the video below.
Blade shape: Santoku
Steel type: VG-10
Blade construction: San-mai / flat / tsuchime & kuro-uchi
Hardness (HRC scale): 61
Overall length: 290mm (11.4")
Blade length: 170mm (6.7")
Blade height: 45mm (1.8")
Spine thickness: 2mm (0.08")
Weight: 200g (7.1 oz)
Handle length: 125mm (4.9")
Handle type / wood: Western / Black Micarta
Kanji on the blade:
Location of the smithy: TSUBAME-SANJO / Niigata Prefecture / Japan
☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.
Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:
✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
✔ Use a magnetic rack, knife blocks, or use protective knife sheath (saya).
✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.
❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
❗️Knife is a tool intended for specific use - cutting food. It is not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc.
→ For more details, read our guide
on Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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Our return policy lasts 30 days. If more than 30 days have gone by since the day you received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
Each knife comes with:
✔️ Instructions and knife care leaflet.
✔️ A preventive Band-Aid – the knives are very sharp! 😉
✔️ Original box from the blacksmith, which we wrap in an old Japanese newspaper sheet – so every knife is ready to be passed on as a gift as soon as it hits your doorstep!
✔️ We also offer a special gift wrapping option with the traditional Japanese washi paper.
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