This Takamura VG10 Santoku is part of the famous Nashiji (Tsuchimi) line from the Takamura Hamono. Tsuchimi is a finishing style which was invented by Toshiyuki Takamura. Essentially the blacksmith leaves the hammer marks in the face of the blade. This serves two purposes. Firstly, It looks great and gives the knives a unique look that is rarely seen on knives forged outside of Japan. The second purpose is that it reduces the friction of the blade as it moves through produce. The result is a better slice with less bruising and tearing.
As you can probably tell by the name, Nashiji (Tsuchimi) series is forged with high end VG10 steel at the core. This gives you great edge retention, sharpness and easy sharpen-ability. The blade has a San Mai construction, meaning the hard VG10 core steel (60-62 Rockwell) is clad is a softer stainless steel. This basically give you an added layer protection against corrosion and chipping.
Takamura Hamono have kept things pretty classic with the look and feel of the handle on this knife. You get a conservative, but very comfortable Yo handle (Western Style). Its made out hygienic resin bonded pakka-wood and is fastened with two exposed stainless steel pins. The handle is completed with a polished stainless steel hilt.
All the knives forged at Takamura Hamono are completely hand made. The result is a selection of some of the worlds lightest, thinest, and seriously well balanced blades. Now a third generation family owned business the Takamura Hamono has built a reputation as a premium kitchen knife maker through a focus on whats important, quality!
Professional chefs around the world including world renowned stars like Gordon Ramsay and Rene Redzepi swear by these blade and now the secrete is out. At Modern Cooking we are stoked to be able to offer you such amazing kitchen knives.