[SET] Hokiyama Swirl Damascus Set


[SET] Hokiyama Swirl Damascus Set


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Excellent multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife set, suitable for use at home, as well as in a professional kitchen. This two-piece Hokiyama's traditional kitchen knife set contains two major Japanese knives:

Gyuto, or Chef's knife, is a versatile kitchen knife that will shine with all kinds of chopping, slicing and rocking motions on the kitchen board.

Petty is basically a smaller version of a Gyuto knife (Chef's knife) - a must-have knife in every kitchen, it can be used for peeling, mincing, paring and decorating food.

The heart of these knives is made of Aichi's AUS-10 stainless steel, which was hardened to around 62 HRC. Due to its high content of Chromium (Cr), AUS-10 steel will resist corrosion very well.

A very distinct 33-layered Damascus pattern enriches the visuals of the blades - this pattern is unique to every knife and cannot be replicated. Damascus pattern is in parts round and curvy, hence the name "Swirl Damascus". Like your fingerprint, not one blade is alike. The entire blade is polished to a reflective mirror polish. You can see yourself in it!

At the very edge, one can spot a pronounced, curvy line (matte finish) that travels along the entire length of the blade. This is the line between the core and the 33 softer, outer layers of steel that serve as additional protection of the core steel. Such sandwich of the harder core steel and softer outer steels is called san-mai clad. Most of today's Japanese knives are made this way

We fitted our own Tottori Sand Japanese-style handle on these extravagantly-looking blades. Octagonal-shaped handle will fit in the hands of both left- and right-handed users. Handles are made of maple wood. They undergo a special procedure of stabilization with resin, which ensure a very long service life of these handles. During this process of stabilization, a color pigment is added and is then absorbed in the wood fibers. After the final treatment and polishing, the handle reveals the grain of the wood. For the handles, blocks of maple burl with irregular and non-uniform structure are used, thus the dyes penetrate the wood in different ways, creating unique patterns. This makes every handle one-of-a-kind

About Hokiyama:

Hokiyama Hamono is a leading smithy in Kochi Prefecture in Japan. They have recently celebrated their 100-year anniversary, founded in 1919. Hokiyama Hamono is known for their quality as they follow the tradition of hand-made blades that has been around for over 800 years. They retain the handiwork and traditional craftsmanship that is passed down from generation to generation while striving for the ever-new knowledge and innovation. Despite the fact that they make knives according to the traditional methods, they follow the modern technological guidelines in the field of metallurgy, material processing and innovations in production processes. Hokiyama, in their own words, is a fusion of tradition (土佐 一), innovation (無限) and practicality (左近).

Each knife in the workshop goes through about 50 different processes that are performed and controlled by experienced craftsmen. Among the various steps required to make a Hokiyama knife is a special process called Rolling-Forging. It enables the efficient and uniform production of knives while maintaining the properties and qualities of Japanese steel.


Blade shape: GyutoPetty
Steel type: AUS-10
Hardness (HRC scale): 62
Overall length: 343mm (13.5") / 260mm (10.2")
Blade length:
210mm (8.3") / 135mm (5.5")
Blade height:
45mm (1.77") / 28mm (1.1")
Spine thickness: 2.0mm (0.08")
Weight: 160g (5.6 oz) / 85g (3.0 oz)
Handle length: 128mm (5.0") / 115mm (4.5")
Handle type / wood:
Japanese / Stabwood
Blacksmith: Hokiyama


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.

Still doubting which type of Japanese knife should best fit your needs? We created a quick, 5-steps quiz to help you find the perfect knife based on your cooking skills and the type of food you prepare.

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