Tojiro Gyuto Atelier Aogami 210mm (8.3")
- Knife Care
This hand-forged gyuto presents the top level of Tojiro’s offer of multi-purpose, large chef's knives. The excellent Aogami #2 core is hand-forged using the traditional method into a beautiful 21-layer Damascus pattern with black kuro-uchi patina. Suitable for a demanding chef for home or professional use!
Made in Tojiro Atelier, known for elaborate custom-made knives.
The Gyuto design is intended for versatile use for chefs who prefer a standard size multi-purpose knife, suitable to cut meat, fish and vegetables.
Aogami #2 is a very popular steel in Japanese knife making and one of the finest high-carbon steels, meaning the knives forged from it will have excellent edge retention and also sharpen very easily. At the same time, it is less resistant to corrosion, meaning the blade can develop a patina, while longer exposure to water or other corrosives could also lead to rusting. This is improved to some extent with the addition of chromium and tungsten, but it’s still a high-carbon steel that should be maintained accordingly (⚠️ read more about knife maintenance here). Aogami #2 steel is composed of carbon (C) 1.1 %, chromium (Cr) 0.5 %, manganese (Mn) 0.3%, and tungsten (W) 1.5%.
Advantages of Aogami #2 steel are a very fine, gentle sharpness, it is easy to sharpen, and remains sharp for a long time (for more go to Steel: the heart of Japanese knives).
The lower part of the blade where the Aogami #2 steel is exposed will develop some patina after time, so we recommend oiling the blade regularly in order to prevent the development of rust. Read more about how to take care of high carbon knives and patina in our Knife maintenance blog post.
The blade has a 21-layer damascus finish.
The core of the knife is Aogami #2 steel (one of the most regarded high-carbon steels), clad in softer layers of stainless steel (this type of blade construction is called san mai). This is a great combination of two different types of steel - the outer layers will protect the blade from developing rust, and at the same time, we have top-notch steel for the cutting edge.
The blade edge is sharpened to 50/50 angle, and stays sharp even after hours of constant use.
The Kuro-uchi finish (see article Blade Construction: Blade Finish for more), the untreated upper part of the blade has an already-developed dark patina that protects the blade and gives it a traditional Japanese look.
This knife was fitted with a large, D-Shape, traditional Japanese wooden handle, made of magnolia wood with a Buffalo horn ferrule.
Tojiro is one of the top 5 largest Japanese kitchen knife manufacturers, with headquarters in Niigata. 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. The company is divided into two sections: Tojiro Factory and more recent Tojiro Atelier, the latter dedicated to producing elaborate custom-made knives. Visitors are welcome to visit both spaces and experience the knife manufacturing process (with all its sounds and smells) firsthand by observing the workflow from a raised catwalk. For more info on Tojiro and it's master blacksmith Tomoo Matsumura check the video above.
Blade shape: Gyuto
Steel type: Aogami #2
Blade construction: San-mai / V-edge / damascus & kuro-uchi
Hardness (HRC scale): 62-63
Overall length: 367mm (14.4")
Blade length: 218mm (8.6")
Blade height: 49mm (1.9")
Spine thickness: 2.6mm (0.1")
Weight: 140g (4.9 oz)
Handle length: 133mm (5.2")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / magnolia / Buffalo horn ferrule
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.
☝️ THIS KNIFE MAY DEVELOP PATINA
Knives made of carbon steels can, due to their low chromium (Cr) content, discolor and develop patina. The knife is the most sensitive when it is still new and a patina had not developed yet, but later, patina will protect the blade. These types of knives require a touch more care:
✔ Wipe it regularly with a clean and dry cloth (you can also do this during use).
✔ After use, rinse it with lukewarm water and wipe it dry.
✔ Coat it regularly with knife maintenance oil or plain refined sunflower oil.
✔ Store the knife by wrapping it in paper which will absorb moisture and protect the blade.
A patina is a thin layer that forms on the surface of oxidized steel and protects it from further oxidation. The patina should not be confused with rust. Patina protects the blade, while rust causes corrosion and deterioration of material, so it should be removed (see Rust erasers).
→ For in-depth information about patina, read our dedicated post on patina.
GENERAL KNIFE CARE TIPS:
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.
❗️A knife is a tool intended for specific use: it’s not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc. Kitchen knives are meant for preparing food.
→ 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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