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Hasegawa 33 Layers

Hasegawa 33 Layers

In February 2009 we introduced the Zanmai Elite Collection, made by an outstanding blacksmith called Yasuhisa Hasegawa. The collection was an instant success especially amongst cooks favouring lighter tools; they loved the deftness these delicately beautiful handmade blades lent their cutting techniques. However, some customers found these multiple beaten blades too delicate and light having used heavy European knives for most of their lives and being accustomed to a more conventional Western style handle. So we asked Hasegawa-san to produce a knife of similar quality and performance but with a Western handle and more weight. The result is a firm sturdily balanced blade with an amazing edge. We felt it was time to give credit to their creator thus have christened this the Hasegawa Collection. The increase in weight has been achieved by beating the blade only once instead of several times. Whilst this lesser beaten blade has a slightly narrower steel crystal/molecular structure than the Zanmai Elite Collection the blades are extremely durable and, needless to say infinitely easier to maintain than any western knife. All steel and other construction details are the same as the Zanmai Elite Collection these 33 layers Damascus blades have a very thin specially forged VG10 steel central core protected by 16 layers of alternating High Nickel, Low Nickel soft steel on each side. The knives are totally handmade using a hydraulic hammer creating a wider and longer mass, which is then cut away by laser. These collections have what is known as a Hamaguri (Clam shell) grind which means the side of the knife is very slightly curved adding immense toughness to the blades – the edge sharpening is the same as other knives. Hasegawa handles are composed of a stunning Desert Iron Wood with three steel rivets to fix the handle onto the full tang. The Bolster has very gentle, deep and long curve to minimise calluses and strains during prolonged use. This collection of 8 shapes – 110mm Paring/Utility, 150mm Utility, 165mm Nakiri, 180mm Santoku, 180mm, 210mm and 240mm Gyuto, 225mm Slicer covering most of the primary culinary tasks of the discerning cooks' kitchen.
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  1. Hasegawa Bread Knife

    Hasegawa Bread Knife

    £229.00
  2. Hasegawa Nakiri 160mm

    160mm -The Nakiri may for all the world look like a small cleaver but it is an accurate blade, in fact, more a precision instrument. Whilst fans of British TV cookery shows may observe chefs confidently applying the Nakiri to a multitude of meat and fish ingredients this would be totally anathema to the Japanese, who reserve these slim fine edge blades for things like getting thin rolls of Daikon which are then minced to absolutely delicate angel hair vermicelli. Home cooks and Japanese chefs use the Nakiri to make powder of various herbs as well as transform onion or garlic with incredible efficiency into fine rings or fabulously even, meltingly small, diced pieces. The rounded tip can be guided with relative ease against the top of the fingers to cut along the ridges of halved fruit and vegetables. Actually, this shape truly lends itself to the process of properly cutting an onion from the halving all the way through to following the lines and then mincing. As for tears with an onion, as with all well made Japanese knives, there is no way the user could possibly be reduced tears unless they have allowed the edge to dull after a lot of heavy use. The Nakiri is the easiest blade to 'strop' sharp as the straight profile allows the edge to be swept across the newspaper or leather in one movement. So, regularly sweeping edge on each side on newspaper five to 10 times should keep your Hasegawa nakiri keenly sharp.

    SPECIAL NOTES: Handwash Only. Not to be used on bone or for ANY kind of twisting or prising. CUT ONLY on wood or HDP. Do not allow Knives to be abused as screwdrivers, tin openers or for any use other than food preparation. ONLY FOR CULINARY USE.

  3. Hasegawa Paring 110mm

    110mm - This exceptionally comfortable small paring knife is ideal for delicate tasks; the classic pointed tip makes easy work of tricky jobs such as removing eyes from potatoes. It is perfect for performing tasks in the hand and is just long enough for prep work on the board. For those who prefer smaller knives this little blade will prove invaluable, whilst for professionals and very keen cooks, it is a must for intricate work. SPECIAL NOTES: Handwash Only. Not to be used on bone or for ANY kind of twisting or prising. CUT ONLY on wood or HDP. Do not allow Knives to be abused as screwdrivers, tin openers or for any use other than food preparation. ONLY FOR CULINARY USE.

    £164.00
  4. Hasegawa Slicer (2 Sizes)

    The Sujihiki is a long narrow blade designed for slicing any raw or cooked flesh (meat, poultry, game & fish) with consummate ease. The reduced surface area means that even the most fatty or oily flesh does not stick to the side of the blade. Whether you are preparing see through slices of Carpaccio, carving the Sunday joint or portioning fish this knife will make any flesh cutting task really simple. Stunningly beautiful, scalpel sharp and easy to resharpen, these knives are stainless and very easy to maintain.

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