Isshin Hammered 17 Layers Damascus VG10 Chef Knife 210mm
Brand: Isshin Hamono (一心刃物)
Type: Gyuto / Chef Knife (Double Bevel)
Blade Material: Hammered(TSUCHIME) 17 Layers Damascus Stainless Steel
Core: VG10 (Cobalt Alloy Stainless Steel)
Blade Length: 210 mm (8.26'')
Overall Length: 330mm (13")
Thickness of Spine: 2mm
Handle: Reinforced Laminated Wood
Made in Japan
The elegant wave pattern called the popular name "Sumi Nagashi" is one of the treasure which Japanese cutlery culture produced. Using the skill of Japanese sword "Katana", the blade is made with low and high carbon stainless steel to 17 layers. The same wave pattern does not exist. Furthermore the hammered(Tsuchime) blade also feel a sense of luxury and more art of Japan and helps to release food. It is one article that can withstand use for home use and professional use by the forging.
The shape of blade is called "HAMAGURI-BA" in Japanese. HAMAGURI means clam, BA means blade or edge. It smoothly cuts into ingredients and is an ideal shape has strength.
VG-10 is high-carbon stainless steel containing cobalt, hard. The material is excellent sharpness and has wear resistance. So it spreads between the professional. It is developed and made by Takefu Special Steel Co.,Ltd which is Japanese company. If the entire blade is very hard, it is difficult to sharpen. If the blade is soft, it is dull, and the sharpness falls immediately. So the hard material is used in the center only, the soft material is used in the side. VG-10 is hard, so Ceramic sharpening stone is recommended for speedy sharpening.
This edge is very sharp, can shave downy hair, cut a hair and split a hair.
About Seki City
The manufacturer is located in Seki City, Gifu Prefecture. The city is a well-known producer of cutlery all of the world too. Now approximately 70% of cutlery is made from Seki in Japan.
About 780 years ago, swordsmith Motoshige(name of man) of Kyushu (name of area) moved to Seki city, then Japanese sword was made in Seki for the first time at that time. Then, a number of master craftsman was born from Seki city.
According to a change of the world, swordsmith had ups and downs, and the demand for sword decreased in about 300 years ago, and some swordsmiths transferred to agriculture smithery who hit a kitchen knife, the sickle.
In 1876, the government issued the decree banning the wearing of swords. So most of the swordsmiths transferred to the production of practical home knives, and the production of pocketknives introduced by Europe and America was begun too. Forged cutlery is exported to Korea in 1894, pocket knife has been shipped to Canada in 1897. Metal western tableware (spoon, knife, fork,) in 1919, Production of razor began in 1932,Before the war, exports to Southeast Asia were also actively carried out.
After Second World War, Kitchen knife, scissors, pocket knife, nail clippers, razors, tableware, and outdoor knife is made, these are exported to various countries including America, Europe. The city get praise from all over the world as well as Solingen of Germany. Along with Solingen (Germany) , Sheffield (United Kingdom), and these are called 3S of cutlery.
The characteristics of the production of cutlery in the city is various kinds of small quantity production, continue to create new products incorporating a number of the modern sense in traditional techniques.