About This Item
TESSHU Japanese Chef Knife 210mm VG10 steel blade with Ho Octagonal Shaped handle Wa Gyuto
****if you need wood cover, a custom ash or beech saya is available. It is $40, and it will take 3 to 7 days normally****
VG10 is high carbon stainless steel made by Takefu Special Steel Co., Ltd.
The blade has stamp as VK10.
Japanese is called it V Kin 10, and Kin means gold in Japanese, so VG10 and VK10 are the same steel.
C: 0.95-1.05% Si: 0.35% Mn: 0.3-0.5% P: 0.03% S: 0.03% Cr: 14.5-15.5% Mo: 0.8-1.2% V: 0.25-0.35 Ni: 0.25-0.35 Co: 1.3-1.8% Cu: 1.3-1.8%
TESSHU is our Japanese cooking knife brand name which is made by selected very skillful craftsmen in Sakai, Osaka.
Please click here to see the blacksmith of Tesshu
After the processes that video shows, there are many more processes to finish quenching and tempering processes. His forging speed is super fast that is very important skill to have great cutlery at HIzukuri (forging process). Mr. Kenichi Shiraki is very skillful blacksmith, and he makes before sharpening processes, and Mr. Kazumi Kawakita who is also very skillful sharpening specialist sharpens the blade.
It derives from Tesshu Yamaoka who is a master swordsman, Zen master and calligraphy master. I have nothing relationship with him, but I deeply respect him, and I use his first name for our brand name. Hopefully, we will keep track of right way like him in the future.
He is Munenryu master swordsman, and he also started his way Mutoryu. He had lived most bloody era when Japan had tried to open the country to the world (the end of Samurai era), but he had never killed people in his life time. He had done solving lots of complicated problems in politic that no one else could solve. If he was not there at the time, Japan might be taken some other countries or might be changed the form of the country. Many experts say, he might be the strongest Samurai (master swordsman), but his way is always no blood no war. Just trust each other. No strategy. No Betrayal. No Politic. No greed. Winning without fight or winning before fight with sword. However, he did not come out the front stage of politic. When politicians could not solve the problems, then they asked him to solve it, and he solved those complicated problems. That is why he is famous persons who research Japanese history very well, but the most of Japanese do not know even his name. He is also Zen master and devoted for Zen field a lot. He is also calligraphy master, and he had written millions of calligraphy for free whoever people wanted his calligraphy. He was master of those three things Ken, Zen, and calligraphy, but he never loosed Inquiring mind until right before dying. He had been also a teacher for Meiji emperor who was very smart great emperor.
It is over one hundred years later now after his living era, but we might need the person, who is like him our age, so I have nothing relationship with him, but I deeply respect him, and I use his first name for our knife brand name. Hopefully, we keep track of the right way in the future like him without going wrong way. We will try to provide high quality selected knives with reasonable prices.
Blade Length (from the tip to the Machi); 8 1/4inch (210mm) Handle Length; 5 3/8 inch (137mm) Total Length; 14 inch (353mm) Knife weight is 4.0oz. The heel part of the spine width is 3mm (1/8 inch) wide The width from the heel to the spine; 43mm HANDLE; Ho (Japanese magnolia) octagonal shaped water buffalo horn bolster BLADE; VG10 Steel Blade with Sanmai Uchi (VG10 steel is sandwiched by soft stainless iron)