Tojiro Petty (utility knife) 130mm – Senkou series


If the Chef’s knife or Gyuto is the sword of the kitchen then the Petty is the scalpel. Detailed prep work requires a knife that is nimble and razor sharp and this Tojiro Petty is the perfect tool for the job. It features high quality VG10 steel and a comfortable, ergonomic fit Micarta handle.

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Product Description

Easily one of the most commonly used knives in the kitchen, you can use the Tojiro Petty for trimming and cleaning vegetables and even basic butchery. A Petty or utility knife is one of two knives we suggest all cooks should own, together with a Chef’s knife/Gyuto or another general purpose knife like a Santoku. At 130mm the Tojiro Petty from the Senkou series is the perfect length knife to do fine detail work like dicing (Brunoise) and pealing or working with delicate produce that bigger knives like the Gyuto or Santoku are simply not practical for.

Tojiro knives have a reputation among chefs for producing very high quality knives and the Senkou series is there premium line. You can fell it from the moment you pick them up. They have great weight and balance, which is matched with perfect ergonomics. Its obvious that a lot of work and care has been put into their design. This Petty is no exception.

This Tojiro Petty is constructed using a core steel of VG10, which is renowned for having a great balance between edge retention and easy sharpening and at 62+ Rockwell its right in the sweet spot. That’s not to say that you wont need a good set of whetstones and a honing steel to keep the knife in good condition. However, with VG10 steel and regular use we find you don’t have to sharpen the knife too often. Once or twice every three months will be enough on the stones and a couple of strokes on the steel every now and then and you should stay sharp.

The Senkou range isn’t short on looks either. Its hard to call between the beautiful Damascus finish on the blade and the unique ergonomic handle. We think its the handle, which is constructed using a FDA approved Micarta over an exposed full tang. However, if you are partial to a Damascus clad blade you wont be disappointed. This Senkou series Tojiro Petty comes with a 33 layer Suminigashi style Damascus cladding, which is tight!

We have used the Tojiro knives in our test kitchen for several years and honestly find them hard to fault. They are well made, you can get a great edge on them and the profiles hit the sweet spot between the flat lines of the Japanese knives and the more curved profiles of western knives. You wont be disappointed.

Tojiro Japan

The history of Tojiro knives started with a stainless steel fruit knife that was released in 1955. At that time, at that time stainless steel was not the same standard as it is today and carbon steel was considered far superior. Tojiro began to develop superior stainless steel products, partnering with steel makers to develop and improve the quality of the stainless steel. This was the beginning of a company wide philosophy that dictates that, while sharpness is certainly important, ergonomics and maintainability are also important. Tojiro knives are designed to bring joy to their users in every way.

At Modern Cooking we see the Tojiro range as a fantastic product, which is suited to home and professional use. The knives are well made and feature superior quality steels, craftsmanship and design.

Additional Information

Blade Type

Petty, Utility



Core Steel

VG10 Super Steel

HRC Rockwell


Handle Shape


Handle Material



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