The Tsunehisa VG-10 Damascus Tsuchime is a set consisting of two of Japan's main kitchen knives.
- a multi-purpose gyuto, 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.
Tsunehisa has combined the tried-and-tested shapes with a unique damascus and tsuchime blade finish and exceptional stainless steel (VG-10 with a hardness of 60-61 HRC!), and for the icing on the cake, the blade is fitted with a durable rosewood handle.
Gyuto: Gyuto is the most versatile and useful blade shape in the modern kitchen. It has a wide profile with an extra height clearance for easy food transfer and tends to be fairly flat towards the heel, enabling easy and fast chopping on the cutting board. A pointed tip allows piercing and precise, delicate work. A slight curve between the tip and the midsection makes the belly great for rocking the blade back and forth when cutting. It can be used for cutting meat, fish and vegetables.
Petty: A petty knife should be an essential part of every kitchen. Petty knives are basically smaller versions of Gyuto knives and are intended for all those smaller tasks where larger knives are deemed unwieldy. On and off the cutting board. A must-have knife in every kitchen, it can be used for peeling, mincing, paring and decorating food.
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 blade consists of multiple layers of steel which are forged welded together in what is known as san-mai damascus construction. This technique is used to protect the hard (but delicate) core from outside factors, such as rust and physical impacts, which could lead to breakage.
It has a double bevel (symmetrical) blade.
The blade was treated with hammer blows, resulting in a textured tsuchime look, which gives it a beautiful finish and also prevents food from sticking to the blade. The bottom part of the blade features an intricate damascus finish that flows down to the cutting edge.
Japanese (Wa) style rosewood handle will fit well in your hands for both the hammer and pinch grip.
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: VG-10
Blade construction: San-mai / Damascus&Tsuchime
Hardness (HRC scale): 60-61
Overall length: 350mm (13.8") / 275mm (10.8")
Blade length: 210mm (8.3") / 150mm (5.9")
Blade height: 46mm (1.8") / 29mm (5.9")
Spine thickness: 2.1mm (0.08") / 2mm (0.08")
Weight: 140g (4.9 oz) / 75g (2.6 oz)
Handle length: 130mm (5.1") / 114mm (4.5")
Handle type / wood: Western / 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.
✔ 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.
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- 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.
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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