[SET] Tsunehisa Ginsanko Nashiji Set [Gyuto + Petty]
- Knife Care
Tsunehisa Ginsanko Nashiji set is an all-around set of knives that possesses all the characteristics quality Japanese knives should have – thin profile, minimalistic design and hard Japanese steel. Perfectly balanced with classic Western (Yo) style handles, the knives in this set complement each other really well. They're as well suited for a professional kitchen as they are for the aspiring home cook – the gyuto will take the lead with chopping and slicing on the cutting board, with the petty coming in for in-hand paring and more decorative tasks.
👉 Suitable for first-time buyers of a Japanese kitchen knife. It can also serve as a wonderful gift!
This set includes:
Gyuto with a length of 180mm is a kitchen knife intended for cutting meat, vegetables and fish and is the Japanese version of the Western Chef's knife. The gyuto is complemented perfectly by the smaller petty knife (135mm) that takes care of any peeling, paring and vegetable prep. Due to its thinness, it's great for preparing smaller fish, deboning poultry and trimming meat.
Hitachi's Silver III steel, also named Ginsan steel or Ginsanko, which was hardened to around 63 HRC. Due to its high content of Chromium (Cr), Ginsan steel will resist corrosion very well. Despite it being a stainless steel, it feels and behaves very similarly to carbon steels, due to its extremely pure composition. This also means it will sharpen very well and easily.
The core layer consisting of the harder Ginsan 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 blade features a Nashiji finish, which translates to "the skin of an (Asian) pear". It refers to the slightly matte surface of the upper part of the blade, which not only has aesthetic value but is also practical, since the uneven surface reduces the sticking of the food to the blade when slicing.
This knife was fitted with a classic Western style (Yo) handle, made out of a combination of red and black pakka wood. The handle can be used by left- and right-handed users due to its universal design, and also provides a nice balance and heft to the knife.
ABOUT THE BLACKSMITH:
Tsunehisa knives are a brand that combines a variety of high-quality knives from various knife centers of Japan such as Tosa, Seki, and Sakai. Their philosophy is that each region has its own steel and different manufacturing processes. For example, Tosa is best known for its Ginsanko and Aus-8 steels, Seki is famous for making excellent blades from the V-Gold group of steels, and Sakai for its single beveled Honyaki knives.
Blade shape: Gyuto + Petty
Steel type: Ginsan (Silver III)
Blade construction: San-mai / nashiji
Hardness (HRC scale): 61-63
Overall length: 302mm (11.9") / 244mm (9.6")
Blade length: 180mm (7.1") / 135mm (5.3")
Blade height: 41mm (1.6") / 29mm (1.1")
Spine thickness: 2.0mm (0.08") / 1.9mm (0.07")
Weight: 150g (5.3 oz) / 85g (3 oz)
Handle length: 115mm (4.5") / 104mm (4.1")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Pakka
Kanji on the blade:
Location of the smithy: TOSA / Kōchi 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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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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