Nigara Petty VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime 150mm (5.9") is a small multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife, suitable for in-hand and smaller cutting tasks. VG-10 stainless steel ensures a sharpness with little to no maintenance. As such, the knife is also suitable as a first Japanese knife or gift. Fitted with an ebony handle.
Nigara Petty VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime 150mm (5.9") is a small multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife, suitable for in-hand and smaller cutting tasks. VG-10 stainless steel ensures a sharpness with little to no maintenance. As such, the knife is also suitable as a first Japanese knife or gift. Fitted with an ebony handle.
Choil of the knife. Nigara Petty VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime 150mm (5.9") is a small multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife, suitable for in-hand and smaller cutting tasks. VG-10 stainless steel ensures a sharpness with little to no maintenance. As such, the knife is also suitable as a first Japanese knife or gift. Fitted with an ebony handle.
Nigara Hamono VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime line of knives.
Nigara Hamono VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime line of knives.
Nigara Hamono VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime line of knives.
Nigara Hamono VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime line of knives.
Nigara Petty VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime 150mm (5.9") is a small multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife, suitable for in-hand and smaller cutting tasks. VG-10 stainless steel ensures a sharpness with little to no maintenance. As such, the knife is also suitable as a first Japanese knife or gift. Fitted with an ebony handle.
Nigara Petty VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime 150mm (5.9") is a small multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife, suitable for in-hand and smaller cutting tasks. VG-10 stainless steel ensures a sharpness with little to no maintenance. As such, the knife is also suitable as a first Japanese knife or gift. Fitted with an ebony handle.
Choil of the knife. Nigara Petty VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime 150mm (5.9") is a small multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife, suitable for in-hand and smaller cutting tasks. VG-10 stainless steel ensures a sharpness with little to no maintenance. As such, the knife is also suitable as a first Japanese knife or gift. Fitted with an ebony handle.
Nigara Hamono VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime line of knives.
Nigara Hamono VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime line of knives.
Nigara Hamono VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime line of knives.
Nigara Hamono VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime line of knives.

Nigara Hamono

Nigara Petty VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime 150mm (5.9")

175,00€

Only 4 left in stock

✔︎ No import fees & duties - worldwide
✔︎ All taxes included
✔︎ Express worldwide shipping
✔︎ 30-day return policy

There are knives, and then there are Knives. The Knives of the Nigara VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime line definitely deserve to be written with a capital K.

The look and feel of these Knives will leave no one indifferent. The unique tsuchime hammered pattern blends seamlessly into the complex damascus waves, creating a breathtaking play of lines and shapes that extend towards the glossy razor-sharp cutting edge.

The blade is fitted with a rare dark ebony Japanese handle, made from a single piece of smooth luxury wood that feels polished to the touch and offers an unparalleled tactile experience with every cut.

The Nigara Petty VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime 150mm (5.9") is a small multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife, suitable for in-hand and smaller cutting tasks, such as peeling and coring, for which larger knives seem unwieldy. Its VG-10 stainless steel core ensures a fine sharpness with little to no maintenance since the steel resists corrosion very well. As such, the knife is also suitable as a first Japanese knife or gift.

The unique hail-like hammer blows prevent ingredients from sticking to the blade during chopping, making for faster and more precise work.

BLADE SHAPE:
A petty knife is a multi-purpose knife that is smaller in size than other Japanese knives, so it also allows for in-hand work such as coring and peeling, as well as other smaller tasks for which larger knives are deemed unwieldy. It is seen as one of the most important knives to have in the kitchen, coming second only to gyuto (the Japanese version of the Western chef’s knife).
In basic terms, a petty knife is a preparation knife that gets the ingredients ready for the use of a larger knife such as a santokubunkagyuto, or sujihiki. It is used as a primary knife that complements a larger secondary all-rounder, and together they can handle the vast majority of food prep work.
The reason for its popularity lies in its small size and sturdy spine—it can handle most small and intricate tasks that other knives are too big or fragile for, including in-hand work such as peeling, or cutting meat at the tendons. Its smallness is also the source of its name petty, which comes from the French word “petit”.

*The length of the cutting edge is 142mm (heel to point), but with this knife the length is measured from the edge of the handle to the tip of the blade, amounting to 150mm.

STEEL:
VG-10 (V for Vanadium, G for "gold" as in "gold standard") is made by Takefu Special Steel Company, a relatively small steel company that around 60 years ago managed to find just the right balance of different elements to create the most popular Japanese knife making steel today. VG-10 steel is stainless steel with relatively high Carbon (C) content (1%), 15% Chromium (Cr), 1% Molybdenum (Mo), 0.3% Vanadium (V), and 1.5% Cobalt (Co). The combination of Cr, Mo, and V forms a lot of hard carbides, making the steel abrasion-resistant, which translates to long-lasting, smooth sharpness. 

LAMINATION:
The core layer consisting of VG-10 steel was sandwiched between layers of softer, pliable steel that had been forged together to create a rippling damascus pattern. This technique is called  san-mai and is used to improve the blade's structural integrity and subsequent ability to withstand impacts and to prevent chipping. San-mai translates to “three layers” in Japanese, referring to a blade that is composed of a primary, inner layer of harder steel (hagane) and two secondary, outer layers of softer steel (jigane) that protect the prior.

GEOMETRY:
It has a double bevel (symmetrical) blade so it is suitable for both left- and right-handed users. Based on the ratio between the surfaces (the location of the angle change), this knife's profile is classified as a flat V-edge type, which makes it less brittle and easier to resharpen.

BLADE FINISH:
The blade finish of the knife is a unique fusion of tsuchime hammer indentations, reminiscent of hail, and a complex wavy damascus pattern. The surface of the blade was treated with a special textured hammer, leaving complex geometric impressions on its upper part. It is a stunning technique that involves skillfully hammering the blade's surface to create captivating indentations, which—aside from the purely aesthetic—also has a distinct practical function of reducing friction and creating air pockets that diminish the sticking of food to the blade during cutting. The tsuchime indentations seamlessly blend into the damascus pattern, which flawlessly transitions into a glossy cutting edge.

HANDLE:
The Japanese handle (Wa) is made from a single piece of luxurious, rich dark ebony wood, which is renowned for its exceptional hardness and density, which makes it one of the most durable and resistant woods. It is polished to a high gloss, creating a luxurious and elegant appearance and smooth feel that fits into the hand seamlessly. With its octagonal shape, it is suitable for both left and right-handed users. Recently the number of manufacturers of such handles has decreased, making them difficult to find.

BLACKSMITH:
Nigara Hamono is a historic smithy with a 350-year tradition. It has been active in the city of Hirosaki since the early Edo Period, when it started making swords for the Tsugaru clan. With over a hundred forging shops in the region during that era, Nigara Forging stands as a testament to Tsugaru Uchihamono's rich history and artistry.

For more than 350 years, Nigara Hamono has been a distinguished family of swordsmiths. Initially appointed by the region of Tsugaru to craft Japanese swords, the smithy transitioned to knife-making after the traditional swordsmithing techniques gained recognition during World War II.

While sword production ceased in 1965, Nigara Hamono continues to preserve traditional forging techniques, showcasing its artistry through Honuchi knives – authentic Japanese knives made with traditional methods, which exemplify the skill and experience accumulated throughout numerous generations of blacksmiths.

With their crafted items being officially certified as Aomori Prefecture Traditional Crafts in December, 2007, Nigara Hamono stands as a living testament to the enduring traditional craftsmanship rooted in the town of Hirosaki, Japan.

The current head blacksmith of Nigara Hamono, Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa, who works alongside his father Toshi Yoshizawa, is an eighth-generation blacksmith with a passion for knives, art, and music. His famous Nigara Anmon design is the result of his love of Andy Warhol’s artwork.

Blade shape: Petty

Steel type: VG-10

Blade construction: San-mai / v-edge / tsuchime, damascus

Hardness (HRC scale): 61

Overall length: 270 (10.6")

Blade length: 142 (5.5")

Blade height: 32 (1.3")

Spine thickness: 1.7 (0.06")

Weight: 95g (3.3 oz)

Handle length: 115 (4.5")

Handle type / wood: Japanese (Wa) style / ebony

Kanji on the blade: "Nigara Made" 二唐作

Blacksmith: Nigara Hamono

Location of the smithy: HIROSAKI / Aomori 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.
✔ For storage, use a knife holder or a 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.

🤙 Contact us if you need some help. We reply within 1 business day.

SHIPPING RATES:
- €10
- flat worldwide rate with DHL Express (express delivery, 2-5 business days).
- FREE - all orders over €300 (DHL Express).

EXCEPTIONS:
- United Kingdom
- shipping to UK costs €15. All orders are shipped with UPS Express (2-3 business days). Free shipping on orders over €300.
- Russia (currently not available) - shipping to Russia costs €40. All orders are shipped with EMS postal service.

DUTIES AND IMPORT TAXES:
We ship all orders DDP (duties & taxes paid). This means you will not be charged for any import fees and taxes (including VAT). All our prices are final. The price you see at checkout is the final price, no hidden costs.

DELIVERY TIME:
- Europe:
1-2 business days
- US & Canada: 2-4 business days
- Rest of the World: 3-5 business days

RETURNS:
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.

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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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