KATO VG10 63Layers Damascus Black Finish Nakiri Knife

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Blacksmith: KATO
Brand Name: KINTARO
Type: Nakiri Knife (Double bevel edged)
Blade Material
63 Layers Nickel Damascus Clad Stainless Steel Black Finish
Core:  VG10 (Cobalt Alloy Stainless Steel)
Handle: Reinforced laminate wood

Blade Length: approx 180 mm (7")
Blade Width:  approx 53mm (2")
Thickness of Spine: approx 1.8 mm
Overall Length: approx 305 mm
Weight:  approx 199g (7oz)

Blade Length: approx 165 mm (6.5")
Blade Width:  approx 53mm (2")
Thickness of Spine: approx 1.8 mm
Overall Length: approx 295 mm
Weight:  approx 188g (6.6oz)

  The knives made in Echizen city are called Echizen Uchi Hamono. The art of making Japanese kitchen knives has a history of about 700 years. Echizen Uchi Hamono is designated as "Traditional Crafts" by the Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry.

KATO UCHI(Forging) HAMONO(Cutlery) SEISAKUSHO(Factory)

This company was founded on April 1, 1953. Founder Mr, Kintaro Kato was born on October 1914. He engaged in forging kitchen knife production in 1928. The company has built up the experience and knowledge of knife making for many years. The president Hiroshi Kato received the certification of the traditional craftsmen on February 2008.

  The elegant wave pattern called the popular name "Sumi Nagashi" is one of the treasure which Japanese cutlery culture produced. Like the Japanese sword "Katana", the blade is made with low and high carbon stainless steel to layers. The same wave pattern does not exist. Kato makes beautiful damascus pattern by hitting with belt hammer, black finish is also attractive. This knife is more than just a kitchen knife, is a work of art.

  VG-10 is high-carbon stainless steel containing cobalt, hard. The material has excellent sharpness and abrasion resistance. So it spread between the professionals. 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 called "HAMAGURI-BA" in Japanese. HAMAGURI means clam, BA means edge. The edge form helps release foods and cut smoothly.


Japanese knives are made by craftsmen and machines, there might be scratch. Most Japanese knives are thin blade. Don't hit and cut frozen food or bones, the edge will be chipped or broken.