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Blade Styles — (3)Japanese Style Knives

Originally, all Japanese kitchen knives were made from the carbon steel as Samurai swords (katana). More expensive multi-layer (more than three-layer) knives have a similar quality, containing an inner core of hard and brittle carbon steel, with a thick layer of soft and more ductile steel sandwiched around the core so that the hard steel …

Blade Styles — (2)Western Style Knives

In Japan, Western-style knives were developed to meet the needs of Japanese chefs preparing non-Japanese cuisine. Today, Japanese knife makers are engineering new advanced manufacturing processes such as ‘sub-zero tempering’ and premium trademark-formulated knife steels to produce exceptional Western-style knives. However, what really sets Western-style knives from Japan apart from the typical Western-style knives is …

Blade Styles — (1) Western versus Japanese

Most knife manufacturers in Japan have both the Japanese-style knives and Western-style knives. There are lots of Japanese knives with Western-style handles or blades or both, pretty much any maker in Japan has several knives in Western-style and vice versa, most of all the major knife manufacturers in Europe and US make several Japanese influenced …

Structure of Hocho

Originally, all Japanese kitchen knives – Hocho – clearly show their relation to the Samurai sword. The blades are forged traditionally in multiple layers, with an inner core of hard and brittle carbon steel, forgewelded with a thick layer of soft and more ductile iron steel sandwiched around the core so that the hard steel …

“Hocho”, History and Production area

“Hocho” is the word that represents kitchen knives in Japanese. The Hocho is thought the most important tool for professional and amateur cooks. Japan has developed the aesthetics of food preparation like no other country, with the Hocho. Using the Hocho, the chef celebrates the art of cutting, which makes the preparation of fine fish and delicate vegetables a …

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