Tojiro DP Kiritsuke 210mm



Tojiro is one of the few manufactures in Japan that performs all of its manufacturing processes in-house. They choose this path of integrated in-house production, from the careful selection of materials to after sale service. The reason why they are able to deliver high quality lies in their commitment to being directly involved in every aspect of making their knives.

As knives are tools that people directly take into their hands to use, Tojiro values the skills of producers, which are the foundation of manufacturing, and keep a close eye on all processes until each craftsman at TOJIRO is completely satisfied.


The blade is made from VG10 Stainless. Its a very popular stainless steel for knife makers in Japan. It is produced by Takefu Special steel Co. Ltd. VG10 is specifically designed for kitchen knife making. Its’s relatively easy to work, has great edge retention, hardness and ductility. VG10 is usually hardened to 60-61 HRC.



Kiritsuke Knife (切付包丁 – pronounced: Kiritsuke Bōchō) literally translated from Japanese means to ‘slit open’. The name insinuates that it finely slices open produce which is true as it is used for delicately opening up and producing smooth cuts.

The Kiritsuke is one of the few traditional multipurpose Japanese knives and the long sword-like design allows it to perform multiple tasks such as cutting vegetables and slicing fish. The straight blade profile and the edge does not allow for rock-cutting vegetables. A pull-cut motion for slicing raw fish and a push-cut motion for slicing vegetables should be applied.

The Kitisuke knife has a long, sword-like shape with a flat blade and a reverse tanto tip. The long length allows for easy slicing and the tip for precision work. The Kiritsuke has a single-bevel edge allowing it to be extremely sharp. Traditional Japanese knives characteristically have single-bevel edges. Most single-bevel knives are right-handed so if you are left-handed make sure to request.

Type: Traditional

Best for: Meat, Fish, Herbs, Vegetables

Kitchen Samurai Ease of Use Rating: Specialist – Easy to use but applies to specific food types


Care Instructions

  • Wash and dry the blade by hand immediately after use. Dishwashers are very bad for all knives.
  • Use a soft cloth to wash the blade. Avoid abrasive dish scrubbers and powders as these can damage the finish of your beautiful knife.
  • Do not cut through bones. You can certainly cut along/beside bones, but do not cut into bones. This can, at worst, chip the blade.
  • Never use this knife to cut frozen food.
  • Never twist or cleave the blade.
  • Always use a wooden or plastic cutting board. Never cut on bamboo, glass, marble, slate, a plate, china, marble, arborite or anything harder than steel.
  • Store knives in a way that the blades will not knock into each other.
  • Never transport knives unprotected.

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