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HISTORY OF NIHONTO (ζ—₯ζœ¬εˆ€)

Our manufacturing methods

VG10 STEEL

The role of steel used in the manufacture of traditional knives is crucial. Nihonto kitchen knives are all made from excellent imported japanese steel such as VG10, which provide superior cutting hardness for excellent edge retention. This gives each blade great versatility while excelling in specific uses. Contrary to the other steels of its range, this one is reinforced in carbon content (0.8-1%) which gives it a fantastic hardness of 60 on the Rockwell scale. It also contains high levels of Nickel and Vanadium.

The vanadium insert contributes to the flexibility of the steel. And this element promotes the formation of carbides. These are combinations of carbon with other elements such as vanadium but also chromium, molybdenum and nickel.

DAMASCUS STEEL

The blade is covered with 32 layers of Damascus steel on each side to give it a smooth cutting action.

HARDENING PROCESSΒ :

The full potential of the steel used in the manufacture of NIHONTO knives is revealed by a special heat treatment but also a cooling step by cryotherapy. This results in exceptional strength and durability, optimum cutting performance and good corrosion resistance. The blades are manufactured according to a fusion of ancestral Japanese craftsmanship and ultra modern techniques.



HANDLES

We wanted to emphasize the natural and ecological aspect when making our knife handles. We mainly use Pakkawood, which is a material made of resin-hardened recycled natural wood. It brings a traditional touch by combining ergonomics and resistance to dirt. When we want our knives to be safe from all the daily hardships, we use G10 which is a resin. G10 has amazing properties with an outstanding durability, a reliable grip and an anti-microbial coating. G10 is used in the Sano series for professional uses.



TRADITIONAL SHARPENING (HONBAZUKE)

Due to their blade hardness and edge retention due to the use of the VG10 core, our knives are sharpened according to the traditional Honbazuke method (which means "real sharpness"). It offers a centuries-old craftsmanship and an incomparable sharpening quality for this type of blade. Nihonto kitchen knives are sharpened manually using rotating grinding wheels to achieve a scalpel-like edge.

The sharpening of our knives should be done with professional equipment. It is important to use the right tools and methods.

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