[SET] Tojiro Shippu Knife Set
- Knife Care
Tojiro Shippu Knife Set is a wonderful way to bring happiness to any cooking enthusiast that likes the traditional Japanese looks. It includes the most important knives in any starting collection:
- a multi-purpose santoku, which will be able to tackle the majority of produce – meat, fish and vegetables,
- a smaller petty knife, essential for all the delicate tasks, such as peeling, paring and other precise work.
These two knives have been forged out of VG-10 steel. Known for its edge retention and corrosion resistance, it’s one of the most widely used stainless steels by Japanese blacksmiths. The looks were kept simple, with a traditional magnolia Wa handle and subtle damascus finish.
Words ‘knife’ and ‘gift’ should not be in the same sentence, according to some superstitions. Presenting a loved one with a knife is believed to be bad luck, and could “cut” the friendship between the recipient and the giver. This is easily fixed, though, with a simple symbolic gesture of the recipient, who is supposed to exchange the knife for a coin to feed the superstition and avoid any bad luck.
Read more about knives as gifts here.
Santoku: The Japanese word Santoku roughly translates to “knife of three virtues” and refers to the wide variety of ingredients that the knife can handle: meat, fish and vegetables, or to the tasks it can perform: slicing, chopping and dicing - the emphasis being on the number 3 (San).
Petty: Petty knives are intended for all those smaller tasks where larger knives are deemed unwieldy. A must-have knife in every kitchen, it can be used for peeling, paring, decorating, cutting out cores of apple quarters, removing eyes from potatoes, etc.
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.
The core layer consisting of VG-10 steel was sandwiched between two layers of softer steel. This technique is called san-mai and is used to protect the hard (but delicate) core from outside factors and physical impacts, which could lead to breakage.
It has a double bevel (symmetrical) blade.
The knives’ blades are adorned with a subtle damascus finish.
Traditional oval Japanese (Wa) style handle made out of magnolia wood with a black pakka ferrule.
ABOUT THE BLACKSMITH:
Tojiro is one of the top 5 largest Japanese kitchen knife manufacturers. 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. Tojiro's main focus? Sharpness!
A big bonus is their great team, which we are always very eager to meet and talk to! 😊
Box dimensions: 393mm (15.5") x 142mm (5.6") x 37 (1.5") mm
Box weight: 520g (18.3 oz)
Blade shape: [Knife set] Santoku / Petty
Steel type: VG-10
Blade construction: San-mai / full hamaguri convex / migaki & damascus
Hardness (HRC scale): 60-61
Overall length: 305mm (12.0") / 250mm (9.8")
Blade length: 165mm (6.5") / 130mm (5.1")
Blade height: 50mm (2") / 28mm (1.1")
Spine thickness: 2.3mm (0.09") / 2.0mm (0.08")
Weight: 125g (4.4 oz) / 50 g (1.8 oz)
Handle length: 130mm (5.1") / 110mm (4.3")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Magnolia
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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- FREE - all orders over €300 (DHL Express).
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- 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.
- Europe: 1-2 business days
- US & Canada: 2-4 business days
- Rest of the World: 3-5 business days
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.
→ Read our SHIPPING & RETURNS policy for more info. We strive to solve any issues fast and with as little hassle for you. If you have some additional questions, please contact us.
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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