First step is to select your knife type. Click on a category below. The multipurpose knives are called "GYUTO" and "BUNKA". Small knives are called "PETTY”. There are also some small knives under “BUNKA”.
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& TRADITIONTraditional knife forging, Japan
The blacksmiths of Japan have been forging steel since the early Kofun period. Most knife making regions developed in areas with the availability of iron sand, pine charcoal and a steady water supply. These are the base elements of steel.
While we instantly think of the origins of Japanese knives descending from sword production, many knifemaking regions also come from more humble beginnings. The ancestors of many modern knifemakers have their foundations in scythes, harvesting tools, axes, woodworking tools and even tobacco knives. These tools required high performance and long lasting edge retention.
Knifemaking in Japan
As manual farming techniques devolved, and the demand for edged weapons dwindled, blacksmiths turned their talents to making unique styles of culinary knives.
Japanese knives draw from the tradition, technology and an intergenerational knowhow of how to manipulate steel.
Today Japanese knives are revered by chefs and home cooks the world over for their beauty, exceptional sharpness and performance.
All blades in our bespoke offering are hammer forged. Softer layers are wrapped around a harder core steel that can be sharpened to a very keen edge. The soft steel support the more brittle steel at the core of the blade by offering shock absorbance.
Blades are sharpened one by one
Our hammer forged blades feature carbon steel cores clad with stainless, along with stainless steel clad in many layered damascus. Traditional hammer forging creates a finely grained steel (finer than production knives) for easier sharpening and much longer edge retention.
Chef's Armoury bespoke blades feature western friendly 50-50 bevels for both left and right handed users.
Chef's Armoury Bespoke
We are happy to bring the best of Japanese craftsmanship from talented blacksmiths and togishi to our shores.