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Quiz

QUIZ: WHICH KITCHEN KNIFE IS THE BEST FOR ME?

Solve this short quiz to find out which knife is the best one for you!

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Japanese knives 101

TYPES OF JAPANESE KITCHEN KNIVES

GUIDE: MAINTENANCE OF KITCHEN KNIVES

HOW TO CHOOSE A KITCHEN KNIFE

STEEL: THE HEART OF JAPANESE KNIVES

WHAT IS PATINA? IS IT GOOD OR BAD ON YOUR KNIFE?

HARDNESS OF STEEL ACCORDING TO THE ROCKWELL SCALE (HRC)

a short INTRODUCTION

METALLURGY OF KITCHEN KNIVES

A short introduction to the metallurgy of kitchen knives.

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Blade construction

BLADE CONSTRUCTION: LAMINATION

BLADE CONSTRUCTION: GEOMETRY

BLADE CONSTRUCTION: BLADE FINISH

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BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO KNIFE SHARPENING

Every knife, no matter how good or expensive it is, will after some use get dull and will need to be sharpened. Knife sharpening process might seem intimidating and difficult at first, but it really is not. All it takes is a little bit of practice and some patience.

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SHARPENING

SHARPENING STONES AND OTHER ACCESSORIES

WHY DO KNIVES NEED SHARPENING?

WHY CAN JAPANESE KNIVES CHIP? (AND HOW TO FIX THEM)

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SHARPENING SINGLE BEVEL KNIVES

An advanced sharpening tutorial to guide you through the world of single bevel knife maintenance.

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SMITHIES IN JAPAN

Japan is divided in regions and prefectures, each of them famous for its craft, but there are several key centers of metallurgical and forging industry where the knowledge has been passed on to younger generations for centuries.

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Blacksmiths

BLACKSMITH: Yu Kurosaki

BLACKSMITH: SHIGEKI TANAKA

BLACKSMITH: YOSHIDA HAMONO

BLACKSMITH: TAKESHI SAJI

BLACKSMITH: TOMOO MATSUMURA [TOJIRO]

Japanese blacksmith: Yoshimi in Hiroshi Kato

JAPANESE BLACKSMITHS, SUPERIOR SHARPNESS, MYSTERIOUS STEEL AND SUPERB SUSHI

japan: our travel guide

Japan is famous for producing quality steel since the times of thesamurai. The country is divided into 47 prefectures in eight regions and has one metropolis – Tokyo. Shimane Prefecture with the capital Matsue located in the south-west of the main and most populous Japanese island Honshu has been the centre of steel production in the country since ancient times.

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WHY IS JAPANESE KNIFE A GREAT GIFT?

Today we cannot imagine any work done in the kitchen – be it home or professional – without proper tools. Cooking no longer stands for hard labour when preparing food for the family, but is a fun and social activity. Those who are truly in love with cooking (and those who wish to be) insist on the best tool.

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