JAPANESE KNIVES AND KNIFE SHARPENING
Kyohei Shindo is a young blacksmith working out of Tosa City, Kochi Prefecture, but originally from Hokkaido. He always wanted to be a craftsman and moved to Tosa to train as a blacksmith. After many hard years he gained the skills and opened his own workshop in 2020. His knives are very light with thin grinds.
The Japanese version of a western Chef’s Knife, based off of French chefs knives in the 1880’s it was designed for cutting meat, Gyuto translates to “meat sword”, but it is a versatile all round kitchen knife that can be used for rock or push cutting styles. Due to the harder steel used for the cutting edge, Japanese Gyuto’s generally have thinner blades than a western knife of the same size.
Aogami, also known as Blue paper steel due to the colour of the paper it came wrapped in, is a high carbon steel made by Hitachi Metals. Aogami is known for its sharpness and edge retention, blue paper steels are considered some of the best carbon steels in the world. It’s like Shirogami but with added tungsten and chromium to give it better edge retention, it comes in 3 grades Aogami #1, #2 & Aogami Super.
Measurements and photographs are taken from a random knife and may differ from the knife you receive.