Tamahagane "SAN" Bird's Beak Paring 70mm (2.8")


Tamahagane "SAN" Bird's Beak Paring 70mm (2.8")


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Tamahagane Bird's Beak Paring knife is mostly used in a professional kitchen for peeling or carving fruits and vegetables and is especially essential to tourne vegetables (a French staple technique). It will come in handy in a home kitchen too, especially with peeling spherical fruits and veggies, although the standard shaped paring/petty knife should also do the trick.

The core layer of the blade is VG-5, high carbon molybdenum vanadium steel. The powdered steel contains a lot of carbon and has an unprecedented hardness of approximately 61 HRC. The core is enveloped by two outer layers of SUS410 stainless steel hardened to between 28-32 HRC that enhance flexibility and protect the core from external elements. The beveled edge is sharpened by hand at a 14-15˚ angle and features an incredible mirror polish finish with perfect balance between sharpness and strength, thus the blade is also suitable for work in a professional environment.

VG-5 steel belongs to the V-Gold group of steel which means that it is extremely hard and corrosion-resistant and gives the blade a sharpness that is second to none. It is durable, as well as easy to sharpen and care for.

The handle is made out of pakka wood laminate in light brown color. It is quite large in comparison to handles on other Japanese knives and thus enables a firm grip. It is suitable for both right- and left-handed users. We especially recommend this type of handle to chefs with larger hands who usually struggle to find a suitable and comfortable Japanese knife.

Tamahagane knives can be compared to high-end sport cars that are designed to strike that perfect balance between the front and back end with an even distribution of weight – in this case, between the blade and the handle. This 50:50 ratio was always at the forefront of the creative process. This is evident as soon as we hold the knife in our hands. The weight of the handle is perfectly balanced by the weight of the blade. This well-balanced weight of the knife together with the superior sharpness make for tireless work even after long hours behind a professional kitchen counter.

Tamahagane knives are therefore extremely durable, retain an edge for a very long time, and are easy to sharpen. They also combine timeless, simple design with ultimate sharpness. They have an elegant look without sacrificing high quality and efficiency. They are perfect for home-cooking enthusiasts and professional chefs who look for perfect balance and durability in their faithful kitchen assistant.

About Tamahagane:

Tamahagane knives are made in the Tsubame-Sanjo region of Niigata prefecture in the North of Japan. The region is known for steel products that are made using traditional skills and knowledge blended with modern methods and technology. The smithy uses the name Tamahagane for this exceptional line of knives which boasts long-lasting sharpness and is an intricate blend of tradition, centuries worth of experience and the advancement of modern metallurgy.

Does ‘tamahagane’ sound familiar?

Well, if you are only slightly interested in the ancient Japanese craft of forging blades, then you probably already heard about tamahagane steel.

Tamahagane is considered the mother of all steels when we talk about katanas.

The word tamahagane can be broken down into two parts. Tama means "round and precious", like a gem, while the word hagane means "steel". Tamahagane can therefore be directly translated into precious steel - it is raw steel of the best quality used to make true katanas, those that are the hardest, most flexible, light and exceptionally sharp.

👆 While Tamahagane smithy does not make knives from tamahagane steel, they certainly carry the knowledge and history of this precious metal.


Blade shape: Petty
Steel type: VG-5
Hardness (HRC scale): 61
Overall length: 177mm (7.0")
Blade length:
70mm (2.8")
Blade height:
19mm (0.7")
Spine thickness: 2mm (0.1")
Weight: 70g (2.5 oz)
Handle length: 100mm (3.9")
Handle type / wood:
Western / Pakka
Blacksmith: Tamahagane

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.

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