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Tamahagane Collection

Tamahagane Collection

We wanted to create a knife that would feel familiar to Western hands with an exceptional edge capable of maintaining the integrity of even the most challenging ingredients and we feel the Tamahagane Collection fulfils this demanding remit. The word tamahagane refers to the central core of a samurai sword which had to be both strong and outrageously sharp. The ancient joke goes that prisoners should still be pleading for their liberation upon completion of swords strike through the neck, so keen is the executioner's weapon that the flesh, muscle and sinew are not disturbed and only separate upon movement or blood loss. Our quest for an accessibly priced collection of Western-style knives with an edge of such silkiness that the integrity of even the most challenging ingredients would be maintained led us to the Arai workshop. Our extensive collaboration with the Arai workshop (in Ogata City, Niigata prefecture) resulted in a range of knives that utilise the best talent and abilities of each of the protagonists. The finest materials (Hitachi and Takefu Special Steels), outstanding knife smiths (Arai family) and uncompromising standards plus an unmatched understanding of the western cook (JKC). This partnership of like minds has led to the birth of what we consider to be an extensive collection of knives that will meet every challenge presented as well as delighting the eye and giving unparalleled cutting action. The central core of the 35 layer Damascus Steel is a High Carbon Super Steel known as VG10. This High Carbon Super Steel has the highest recommendations in the production of knives by authorities such as the British Steel Confederation and the Solingen Institute of Steel. With 1.1% - 1.3% Carbon the blade is final tempered to a hardness of 60:62 HRC resulting in an edge that can be honed to surgical sharpness and will out endure the best Western knives by 5 to 6 times longer than many in similar price range. VG10 is often called Cobalt steel due to possessing in excess 1.5% of Cobalt – an element virtually incomparable in its steel toughening effectiveness. The 17 softer outer layers (SUS410) on either side protect the tough, hard central core and make resharpening much easier than any western knife – whilst giving the blade a most beautiful patina resembling the patterns left by a gentle sea on a fine sand beach. With a full tang and smooth bolster, the laminated, silicon injected hardwood handles are secured by three steel rivets to provide comfort, wonderful balance and a classic look.
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  1. Tamahagane Paring 120mm

    This small paring knife is ideal for everyday tasks; the classical pointed tip makes easy work of tricky jobs such as removing eyes from potatoes. It is designed for performing tasks in the hand and long enough for prep work on the board. For those who prefer smaller knives this little blade will prove invaluable, whilst for professionals and keen cooks it is a must for intricate work like fluting, peeling and paring. Stunningly beautiful, scalpel sharp and easy to re sharpen, these knives are stainless and very easy to maintain. The central core of the 35 layer JKC Tamahagane Damascus steel is a High Carbon Super Steel known as VG10. This High Carbon Super Steel has the highest recommendations in the production of knives by authorities such as the British Steel Confederation and the Solingen Institute of Steel. The JKC 35 Layer Tamahagane Collection blades have all been hardened to an outstanding 60:62 HRC and with the inclusion of Cobalt in the alloy, are easier to maintain than most Stainless High Carbon or other VG10 blades. The 35 layers not only make these blades aesthetically appealing but add immense strength thus facilitating a thinner, yet stronger, and therefore sharper blade. The ergonomic traditional handles are composed of Ebony black Pakkawood, a laminated hard wood with silicon injection, which is reserved for only the finest knives and secured to the tang by three steel rivets for ultimate durability.

    SPECIAL NOTES: 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 etc. Designed specifically for food preparation, FOR CULINARY USE ONLY.

  2. Tamahagane Utility 150mm

    The 150mm Utility is amongst the most heavily used blades in western domestic kitchens. It is comfortable for those who are disconcerted by large blades. The length, as the name suggests, allows easy preparation of most foods. It can double up as a small carving and filleting knife due to its thin profile. With its very sharp edge this knife is also ideal for the preparation of fish & game as well as gentle shinning and skinning work. Stunningly beautiful, scalpel sharp and easy to resharpen, these knives are stainless and very easy to maintain.

    SPECIAL NOTES: Hand wash 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 etc. Designed specifically for food preparation, FOR CULINARY USE ONLY.

  3. Tamahagane Santoku (2 sizes)

    Santoku literally translates as ‘three benefits’ – slicing, dicing and mincing. This shape is now becoming a byword for anyone looking for a Japanese style chefs knife. One small issue that has always concerned us at JKC is that with its relatively straight edge profile, the Santoku has never been as efficient when used in a very classic western rolling cut action as the more curved western style edge profiles like the Kengata.

    Inspired by the unparallel functionality of a Samurai sword, which is slightly curved, we asked the Arai blacksmiths to apply a gentle curve to the spine of the knife so the whole blade, whilst retaining a traditional straighter edge of the classic Santoku allows for an easier rolling action more in keeping with the way most of western hands use a chefs knife. Another small but revolutionary change from a classic Santoku is the slightly more pointed tip end – to make this Santoku more efficient then others when working with raw or cooked flesh. These minor, and unique changes in the overall profile of the blade has resulted in what we have found to be the most awesomely efficient chefs knife available in this price category. The breadth of this minutely curved blade is ideally suited for resting against the knuckle for total control and speed as well as complete safety when chopping straight down using the very back of the knife for grater like mincing of garlic, ginger etc. This perfectly shaped knife will float through any task. This longer model is ideal for those more comfortable with a larger knife.

    Stunningly beautiful, scalpel sharp and easy to resharpen, these knives are stainless and very easy to maintain.

    The 35 layers not only make these blades aesthetically appealing but add immense strength thus facilitating a thinner, yet stronger, and therefore sharper blade. The central core of the 35 layer JKC Tamahagane Damascus steel is a High Carbon Super Steel known as VG10. This High Carbon Super Steel has the highest recommendations in the production of knives by authorities such as the British Steel Confederation and the Solingen Institute of Steel. The JKC 35 Layer Tamahagane Collection blades have all been hardened to an outstanding 60:62 HRC and with the inclusion of Cobalt in the alloy are easier to maintain than most Stainless High Carbon or other VG10 blades.

    The ergonomic traditional handles are composed of Ebony black Pakkawood, a laminated hard wood with silicon injection, which is reserved for only the finest knives and secured to the tang by three steel rivets for ultimate durability.

    SPECIAL NOTES: Hand wash 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 etc. Designed specifically for food preparation, FOR CULINARY USE ONLY.

  4. Tamahagane Gyuto (4 sizes)

    The Japanese adaptation of the classic French chef's knife. This slimmer blade is called Gyuto – meaning cow sword and is designed to make light work of slicing, dicing and filleting raw meat and fish. The reduced surface area means there is less space for these types of foods to stick to.

    If you require the knife to cut more raw / cooked flesh (meat or fish) than vegetables and want to double it up for occasional carving or only use / prefer a classic western style shape, then the Gyuto is more suitable.

    Stunningly beautiful, scalpel sharp and easy to resharpen, these knives are stainless and very easy to maintain.

    The 35 layers not only make these blades aesthetically appealing but add immense strength thus facilitating a thinner, yet stronger, and therefore sharper blade.

    The central core of the 35 layer JKC Tamahagane Damascus steel is a High Carbon Super Steel known as VG10. This High Carbon Super Steel has the highest recommendations in the production of knives by authorities such as the British Steel Confederation and the Solingen Institute of Steel. The JKC 35 Layer Tamahagane Collection blades have all been hardened to an outstanding 60:62 HRC and with the inclusion of Cobalt in the alloy are easier to maintain than most Stainless High Carbon or other VG10 blades.

    The ergonomic traditional handles are composed of Ebony black Pakkawood, a laminated hard wood with silicon injection, which is reserved for only the finest knives and secured to the tang by three steel rivets for ultimate durability.

    SPECIAL NOTES: Hand wash 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 etc. Designed specifically for food preparation, FOR CULINARY USE ONLY.

  5. Tamahagane Nakiri (Fruit & Vegetable Knife)

    Usuba – translates as thin (usu) edge (ba). When this shape is ground and sharpened from both sides, like the one in this collection, it is often called Nakiri. It is the definitive Japanese shape for the preparation of vegetables. Whether slicing the softest tomatoes, dicing the hardest swede or mincing ginger to the consistency of a smooth pulp this blade will transform a chore into a ‘Zen’ experience. The very straight edge profile with its flat front means that when chopping round layered vegetables like onions the resulting cut pieces are all the same size and will melt evenly during cooking. Be prepared for an increased amount of vegetables in your diet when using this knife as preparation becomes such a pleasure that it is difficult to stop slicing, chopping, dicing and mincing any vegetable you can get a hold of! Stunningly beautiful, scalpel sharp and easy to resharpen, these knives are stainless and very easy to maintain. The 35 layers not only make these blades aesthetically appealing but add immense strength thus facilitating a thinner, yet stronger, and therefore sharper blade. The central core of the 35 layer JKC Tamahagane Damascus steel is a High Carbon Super Steel known as VG10. This High Carbon Super Steel has the highest recommendations in the production of knives by authorities such as the British Steel Confederation and the Solingen Institute of Steel. The JKC 35 Layer Tamahagane Collection blades have all been hardened to an outstanding 60:62 HRC and with the inclusion of Cobalt in the alloy are easier to maintain than most Stainless High Carbon or other VG10 blades. The ergonomic traditional handles are composed of Ebony black Pakkawood, a laminated hard wood with silicon injection, which is reserved for only the finest knives and secured to the tang by three steel rivets for ultimate durability.

    SPECIAL NOTES: Hand wash 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 etc. Designed specifically for food preparation, FOR CULINARY USE ONLY.

  6. Tamahagane Sujihiki 240mm (Slicing Knife)

    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. The 35 layers not only make these blades aesthetically appealing but add immense strength thus facilitating a thinner, yet stronger, and therefore sharper blade. The thinness of the hard central core and s The central core of the 35 layer JKC Tamahagane Damascus steel is a High Carbon Super Steel known as VG10. This High Carbon Super Steel has the highest recommendations in the production of knives by authorities such as the British Steel Confederation and the Solingen Institute of Steel. The JKC 35 Layer Tamahagane Collection blades have all been hardened to an outstanding 60:62 HRC and with the inclusion of Cobalt in the alloy are easier to maintain than most Stainless High Carbon or other VG10 blades. The ergonomic traditional handles are composed of Ebony black Pakkawood, a laminated hard wood with silicon injection, which is reserved for only the finest knives and secured to the tang by three steel rivets for ultimate durability.

    SPECIAL NOTES: Hand wash 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 etc. Designed specifically for food preparation, FOR CULINARY USE ONLY.

  7. Tamahagane Honesuki (Boning Knife)

    The Honesuki is the preferred shape for boning in traditional Japanese kitchens. With the very straight edge profile and pointed sharp tip, it makes boning both meat and poultry very easy. The rigid blade allows sliding or shinning along the bone not only far safer but permits cutting the flesh right next to the bone. This blade is thicker and slightly heavier than most other Japanese shapes giving the knife the strength and toughness required of a good boning blade. Like all boning knives it is not intended for chopping or cutting through bones but removing the flesh off the bone or carcass. Once you get used to the different profile you will never use any other shape when boning any meat, poultry or game. Some of the most esteemed and busy chefs for whom meat preparation is the backbone of their menu – like those working at St John in London – now only use the Honesuki for this type of work. Stunningly beautiful, scalpel sharp and easy to resharpen, these knives are stainless and very easy to maintain. The 35 layers not only make these blades aesthetically appealing but add immense strength thus facilitating a thinner, yet stronger, and therefore sharper blade. The central core of the 35 layer JKC Tamahagane Damascus steel is a High Carbon Super Steel known as VG10. This High Carbon Super Steel has the highest recommendations in the production of knives by authorities such as the British Steel Confederation and the Solingen Institute of Steel. The JKC 35 Layer Tamahagane Collection blades have all been hardened to an outstanding 60:62 HRC and with the inclusion of Cobalt in the alloy are easier to maintain than most Stainless High Carbon or other VG10 blades. The ergonomic traditional handles are composed of Ebony black Pakkawood, a laminated hard wood with silicon injection, which is reserved for only the finest knives and secured to the tang by three steel rivets for ultimate durability.

    SPECIAL NOTES: Hand wash 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 etc. Designed specifically for food preparation, FOR CULINARY USE ONLY.

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