VG-10 Cobalt steel is currently the most popular blade steel for Japanese knife, due to its very good edge sharpness and edge retention. However, in order to obtain the best performance from this steel, it requires very specific technical treatment. Throughout his long knife-making career, this is something that Master craftsman Mr. Nagao has always paid special attention to and he has developed a deep understanding of all the different steels that he works with.
As you probably already know, kitchen knives with Damascus blades are currently one of the hottest knife trends and there are many different styles and brands available. Many people choose Damascus blades because of their unique and beautiful patterning.
Mr. Nagao’s main priority is to produce knives with great sharpness and practicality and his attractive Damascus knives are no different. When you use these beautiful Hiromoto Tenmi Jyuraku Damascus Series knives, you will discover that Master Nagao has maximized the best characteristics of VG-10, such as its edge sharpness, toughness and long edge life.
Mr. Nagao confidently told me that that these are genuine Damascus knives. I agree, they are the type of masterpiece that can only be achieved by artisans who are willing to dedicate themselves to mastering the skills, techniques and materials that they use.
The knife has blade core of VG-10 stainless steel (HRc. 61) which is clad with Nickel Damascus Stainless Steel (Number of layers uncountable).
This knife also features full tang construction, a stainless steel bolster and black pakka wood (Resin stabilized wood composite) handle scales. This provides a comfortable, secure grip and good blade balance.
The tall blade and rounded nose / tip of the Santoku make it a versatile knife that is well suited to cutting meat, fish, or vegetables; Hence it’s name, which literally means “Three-purpose”. The Santoku is often recommended as a multi-purpose kitchen knife.
Knife Model: Hiromoto VG-10 Damascus Santoku
Blade Material: VG-10 Nickel Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 61
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 70/30
Handle Material: Black Pakka Wood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: No.
Santoku 180mm (7")
Cutting edge length: 185mm
Total Length: 310mm
Blade Thickness: 2.2mm
Blade Width: 47mm
Total Weight: 169g
Master Craftsman modifies edge shape and bevel for left hand use by hand sharpening process at the following additional cost:
Petty + US$6
Santoku, Gyuto + $10
Left handed versions are normally in stock for immediate shipping. However, when it became out of stock, please allow 3 to 6 days for shipping.
For your information, many of the Japanese Kitchen knives come originally with double bevel edge sharpened 70/30 (face side/back side) for Western style knives. This geometry came from Japanese Traditional knives with single bevel edge and Shinogi blade construction. This is one of the special features and reasons why Japanese knives have an excellent cutting performance.
However, this 70/30 edge geometry is designed for right hand use, so we have a service to modify it to 30/70 for left handed users with re-sharpening process by skilled craftsman.
We believe quality and performance of Japanese knives are best in the world and hope you enjoy fine craftsmanship and spirits from your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knives can be your special cooking partner for long time.
This is the Stainless steel blade kitchen knife which has good rust resistance for easy maintenance. However even stainless steel blade kitchen knife has rust situation if you leave it with wet condition.
- Before starting to use the knife, please wash it with water for cleaning up.
- Please do not put this knife in the dishwasher, please hand wash.
- Please do not leave this knife in water or wet condition for long time.
- After using, please hand wash it and wipe it clean and dry with soft clothes. (Includes bolster and handle part)
- This is an extremely sharp knife. Please use special cares in using and storing it.
- Unlike German made knives, Japanese knife blades are ground to thin cutting edge for sharper cutting and easier re-sharpening. Please protect the edge from hitting hard materials to avoid chipping or cracking.
- Please do not use it to cut bone or frozen foods, hard foods such as lobster and crab which have hard surface.
- We recommend re-sharpening the knife using Japanese whetstones, when it gets dull.