Tamahagane "SAN" Chinese Cleaver 175mm (6.9")


Tamahagane "SAN" Chinese Cleaver 175mm (6.9")


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The picture that comes to mind when hearing the word cleaver is usually one of a skilled butcher swinging it to cut through bones and using it to take whole carcasses apart.

While the Tamahagane San Chinese Cleaver 175mm (6.9") might resemble those badass knives visually, it does, however, serve a different, more refined purpose. The blade itself is not as thick and made of a harder—and thus slightly more fragile—steel, making it more prone to chipping if used to hack through bones.

Instead, this cleaver is closer to a universal chef's knife, and it is in fact used as one in traditional Chinese cuisine. Its long blade makes it perfect for chopping larger pieces of vegetables, but it will perform well with slicing raw fish and meats as well. The slightly curved cutting edge also allows for rocking motions, while also being thin enough for more precise cutting techniques, such as mincing, dicing or the julienne.

Another great feature is its extremely wide profile, which can be utilized to transport any food that's chopped up and ready to depart to its final destination – a piping hot pan. Who needs a bench scraper when you have this beauty sitting in your knife block (or hanging on our knife magnet)? 🚨 Just make sure to use the spine and not the cutting edge, as scraping the chopping board can dull it or even cause it to chip.

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 outer layers are polished to a clean, featureless polish, also known as mirror polish. The fine line between the jigane (softer steel) and hagane (hard steel) layers resembles a barely noticeable growth ring that divides the knife into two parts and adds to the elegant look of the knife. 

The handle is made out of pakka 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.

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: Cleaver

    Steel type: VG-5

    Blade construction: San-mai / V-edge / polished

    Hardness (HRC scale): 61

    Overall length: 307mm (12.1")

    Blade length: 175mm (6.9")

    Blade height: 86mm (3.4")

    Spine thickness: 2.1mm (0.08")

    Weight: 355g (12.5 oz)

    Handle length: 125mm (4.9")

    Handle type / wood: Western / Pakka

    Kanji on the blade: "Tamahagane"

    Blacksmith: Tamahagane

    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
    Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.

    🤙 Contact us if you need some help. We reply within 1 business day.

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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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