Tamahagane Santoku Chef's Knife 175mm
The word Tamahagane is traditionally used in Japan to describe a very special and specific steel, tama meaning "round and precious" and hagane meaning steel. In feudal Japan Tamahagane, being extremely expensive and difficult to forge, was only ever used in valuable blades such as swords and knives.
Named for this fabled forging tradition, these Tamahagane knives are made by Kataoka in Sanjo, Niigata prefecture, where many of our high-end tools are produced by master smiths. The cutting edge of this knife is made from molybdenum-vanadium steel forged between encasing layers of stainless steel.
In total this knife incorporates 63 layers of folding, flowing steel that is an absolute delight to behold. The acid-etched design captures the gaze in subtle and surprising ways, and has an almost crystalline quality in certain lights.
Thanks to the modern metallurgy of the cutting edge, this knife will not rust or corrode. The handle is made from extremely hard wearing compressed stabilised wood and is contoured for the hand in the Western style. Although the materials in this knife are thoroughly modern and hardy, due to the high level of workmanship we recommend you hand wash the knife after each use to ensure it retains its figured patina for years to come.
The Santoku shape of this knife is considered to be an excellent kitchen all-rounder. San (meaning three) and toku (meaning uses or attributes) refers to the three common cutting tasks of slicing, dicing and mincing that this blade shape excels at. This an extremely accessible blade profile for someone who is looking to experience a Japanese knife for the first time.
These Tamahagane knives will take an exceptionally sharp edge and retain it well. We recommend our customers use Cerax waterstones to maintain a keen cutting edge.
At JTA we are proud of our order turnaround times and work hard to ensure the best possible service. Our shipping policy has been developed to provide a fast, safe and environmentally sustainable shopping experience for all of our customers.
We are NOT a drop-shipping company and hold all of our stock in Sydney. We dispatch every weekday, and we are usually able to dispatch orders received before 1.30pm on the same day. If you urgently require your purchase to be dispatched on the day you order it we suggest that you call us or be sure to select express shipping at checkout to ensure we prioritise your parcel.
We have revised our logistics systems to offer the best possible postage price to our customers. All prices are in $AUD. Dispatch within 24hrs of purchase.
Regular Post: $8.00, tracking number emailed to you at dispatch
Express Post: $14.50, tracking number emailed to you at dispatch
Some thin and light items are able to be shipped at a letter rate of $3 (replacement saw blades, small rulers, abrasives and non slip mats, for example). Please note that letter rates are regular post only (no express) and are not available with tracking.
Within New Zealand:
We are now able to offer our New Zealand customers $15 flat-rate shipping on orders under 2kg. For orders heavier than 2kg the following rates apply:
Prices to Canada and US:
Express Courier International:
Estimated Delivery Time - 3-5 Business Days (to metro areas of major cities)
Flat Rate - AU$30 on orders up to 2kg (4.4lbs)
For orders over this weight:
For orders over 5kg in weight, please email us at email@example.com
Prices for all other international orders are calculated at checkout according to Australia Post’s standard rates.
From the date of dispatch we expect the following delivery times within Australia:
Regular Post: Within 3-5 business days (metro areas) or 4-8 busines days (remote areas)
Express Post: 1-2 business days (metro areas) or 3-6 business days (remote areas)
Japanese Tools Australia is an environmentally conscious company and we endeavour to eliminate plastics in as many parts of our business as possible. Your purchase will be shipped in recycleable non-plastic materials, and we re-use cardboard and paper wherever possible in our shipping process.
Exceptions to plastic-free policy:
Unfortunately, we are required to dispatch some express items in pre-paid satchels and in such circumstances we have no choice but to use a plastic satchel. Please keep in mind these satchels are 100% recyclable. Our suppliers also use plastic in their packaging of some products, and we do not remove these protective measures before shipping. We are considering strategies to eliminate these two remaining sources of plastic in our shipping process. As many of our items are hand-made, they do not arrive to us or to you with extraneous packaging, though this is not the case for all of our products.
Breakage in shipping policy:
We pack our shipments in specialised materials to ensure that our customers find them in the same condition that we send them. If you receive your products in a damaged condition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number and photos of the condition of the products within a week of collection. If an item is deemed to have been damaged in transit we will replace it with like kind at no extra shipping cost to the customer.
If you are unhappy with the condition of your product and it has not been damaged in transit, please refer to our returns and exchanges policy.
We stand behind the quality of our tools. If a tool is found to be faulty or damaged in transit, we will verify the issue with you, and offer a refund or exchange when the problem is brought to our attention within 30 days from purchase. If problems arise outside of this period this policy will apply at our discretion. Where a refund or exchange is agreed upon, we will mail you a paid addressed bag to return your items, verify their condition once we receive them, and then process a refund or mail the new item.
If a tool is purchased as a present or the purchaser changes their mind, we will exchange for stock of equal value or store credit when we are contacted within 2 weeks of the purchase. We ask that the customer covers the cost of shipping in these instances. We will take a payment for shipping over the phone, send you a paid addressed envelope, verify the goods' condition once we receive them, and then mail the new item.
If a tool is damaged through improper use, we encourage you to contact us. We may not be able to exchange the tool, but may be able to offer advice on technique or recommend a more appropriate tool. Where possible, we encourage our cutomers to ask us questions about our tools' use before they purchase them. We can be contacted at email@example.com or 02 9527 3870.
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