Tamahagane SAN Tsubame Mikarta Stainless Steel Petty Utility Knife, 4.5-Inch

Model Number: SNMH-1108

The Tamahagane SAN TSUBAME brand of knives feature a 3-ply stainless steel construction....

$63.71 Availability: In Stock

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.


  • Tamahagane San Knives Petty Utility Knife 4.5-Inch
  • 3 Ply Stainless Steel Construction
  • VG-5 Core with SUS410 Outer Layer
  • Hammered Finish
  • 2mm Thick Blade
  • Bevelled Edge
  • Handwash Only
  • Made in Japan

Dimensions(inch): 15 x 2 x 1
Wight: 1.00 lb
There are no reviews for the product
Thank you for your review. It has been submitted to the admin for approval.

Write Review