Echigo Blacksmith, Tsukasa Hinoura is the third generation of his family to become a blacksmith. He produces and markets his own Premium knives under his "Tsukasa" brand. He tirelessly tries to find the best way of expressing his own unique skills and his passion for knife making.
Our first impression of his knives was "Honed Beauty" and we could clearly see the expertise, time and passion that he puts in to his blades. They are perfect knives, with beautiful seamless lines and form; there are no sharp corners, no distortion, no gaps etc. He devotes tremendous time to each knife and, from start to finish, he pays attention to every single detail.
This time, Tsukasa Hinoura has just finished making some traditional forged Damascus knives using Hitachi Steel Company’s reliable ATS-34 Stainless Steel (Very similar to 154CM from Crucible Steel).
Beautifully hand polished, the ATS-34 Damascus blades each have a unique Vortex Damascus pattern, which is created by Tsukasa Hinoura's experienced forging process.
Most of Tsukasa Hinoura’s custom knives are made of Carbon Steel, so these rare, Premium Stainless Damascus Steel knives will be especially prized by fans of the Great Artisan, Tsukasa Hinoura, and those who prefer low maintenance, rust resistant stainless steel knives.
The handles are made from some nicely textured Red Sandalwood and have a buffalo horn ferrule. Tsukasa Hinoura carefully selected these Traditional Japanese Wa Handles because he believes their shape is practical, comfortable and allows a precise grip. The handle has a novel shape that is part octagonal at the top and part oval at the bottom.
A limited quantity of Tsukasa Hinoura’s rare ATS-34 Damascus knives are now available!
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. Compared to a Western-style handle, the lightweight traditional Japanese handle of the Wa Santoku knife moves the balance point of the knife further towards the tip, which makes it feel more nimble and precise.
Knife Model: Tsukasa Hinoura ATS-34 Damascus Wa Santoku
Blade Material: ATS-34 Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc):
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Red Sandalwood Handle with a Buffalo Horn Ferrule
Saya Included: No.
Wa Santoku 170mm (6.6")
Cutting edge length: 170mm
Total Length: 275mm
Blade Thickness: 3.6mm
Blade Width: 49mm
Handle Length: 127mm
Total Weight: 148g
This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.
For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems.
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 knife 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.
This knife is just simply a beautiful master piece. It demonstrates the love of Master Hinoura for details and precision. It is a must have piece for any collector!