Tamahagane SAN Tsubame Mikarta Stainless Steel Chef's Knife, 10.5-Inch

Model Number: SNMH-1103

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The Tamahagane San Tsubame hand-ha-mmered knives feature 3-ply stainless steel construction. The middle layer is V-G No. 5. This layer is very hard and acts as the cutting edge. The two outside layers are made of SUS410 stainless steel. The outside layers are softer and are more stain resistant then the cutting edge and actually protects the cutting edge.

The original thickness is 20-mm and is then thinned by a repeated rolling process to remove all of the impurities, leaving you with very hard, very pure 2-mm stainless steel. Some view this as a modern forging technique. The final thickness of the knife blade is 0.65-mm and the outside layers are 0.675-mm which is why it reaches 61-Degree of hardness on the Rockwell scale.

There are several different V-G stainless steels. Kataoka selected V-G No. 5 because it can be hardened as hard as all other V-G steels, but has superior edge retention and stays sharper longer then other knives made of V-G steels. Like the Tamahagane San Kyoto series, the edge on the San and the San Tsubame knives have minute beveled edges.

The angle of the edge is between 14 and 15-Degree. To really appreciate the quality of the edge, you must first look at its incredible mirror polish and then try cutting with it. Kataoka has achieved the perfect balance between sharpness and strength with these edges. The handle is made of dark, rich laminated wood which gives the full metal tang a warm, traditional feel in your hand and an elegant look in your kitchen.

We have 3 sizes of chef's knives available in the Tamahagane San Tsubame series, 18cm, 21cm, 24cm. Whisper it very quietly, but we have it on good authority that these are technically the best blades that we sell. That does not mean the best selling or best design, but it you want literally the best quality Japanese knives that are available in one knife, choose a Tamahagane San Tsubame chef's knive. These knives are good for anything, but are so sharp they can be used as razors.

The knives are so sharp due to the consitency and skill of Nosawa San's factory. Tamahagane blades regularly out perform better known brands in CATRA tests and tend to be the sharpest out the box knives available. These chef knives are particularly pleasant to look at, with the misty stainless steel material used in the construction and the hammered pattern to the blades.

Features:

  • 10.5-inch chef's knife from Kataoka and Company in Niigata, Japan 
  • The word Tamahagane means "precious steel"
  • 3-Ply stainless steel with VG-5 center and the outside layers of SUS410SS
  • Dark laminated wood, hand hammered and sandblasted for a matte finish
  • The angle of the edge is 14 to15-Degree and 61-Degree on the rockwell scale for hardness

Dimensions(inch): 15 x 2 x 1
Wight: 1.00 lb
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