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.
Our knives are produced by traditional techniques and combines modern industrial technology are held in the highest regard not only in Japan, but around the world.
The Tojiro Hammered Series features a 3-ply clad construction with a core of VG-10 super steel. This formula of steel results in 60 Rockwell Hardness and provides a 9-12 degree blade angle for scalpel-like sharpness.
The handle is made from Japanese magnolia, which has a smooth texture and is moisture-resistant. The closed rein collar allows for full and complete sharpening of the blade. Each knife is hand-finished by an artisan craftsman.
Tojiro is exclusively distributed in South Africa by Kitchen Samurai.
About the Gyuto:
The Gyuto is a Japanese designed chef’s knife. Gyutos are multi-purpose knives, with a slight meat cutting bias but if you want one knife to do it all, this shape is it.
The longer blade typically gives the blade a forward balance that allows is to work for you, to fit your cutting style. While the balde would ideally be slid forward or back while cutting, they also work great if you prefer to ‘rock’ your knife while cutting.
Gyutos vary widely in design but generally range from 210mm to 270mm in length though smaller and larger examples can be found. Like the familiar western styled chef’s knife, Gyutos are commonly tall at the heel, have a reasonably flat profile toward the heel for chopping, a belly toward the tip of the blade for rock cutting, and a pointed tip for precision work.
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- 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. I’m sure you have a 4×4 somewhere in your kitchen for this job.
- Never twist, cleave or prise 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.