Kohetsu is one of our in-house brands and we have this line made by renowned blacksmith Tsukahara-San. This well-known blade smith uses the ever popular VG-10 steel for these knives. It is easily the most used stainless alloy in the kitchen knife industry, and for good reason. VG-10 "super steel" is composed of carbon, chromium, cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, silicon, and vanadium. All of these relatively small amounts of other metals give the VG-10 steel its most important properties, such as its ability to hold an edge coupled with great durability.
Tsukahara-San adds a layer of cladding to either side of the core VG-10 in the form of a 33-layer damascus stainless steel. The lovely look of this cladding is enhanced by using an acid etched engraving technique.
This is about the smallest size that gyuto style knives are made. At just 180mm, it is part petty and part santoku—not just in dimensions but in abilities and feel. People who like a shorter blade will be intrigued by this knife as it serves so many purposes and is so adroit at those many tasks.
The handle on this series is a western design featuring scales that are crafted from black pakka wood, and attached to the tang with three stainless steel rivets.
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