Yoshihiro Yauji / Shoshin "Ginyo" Ginsan (Silver #3) Damascus Tsuchime Gyuto with Wenge Buffalo Horn Handle
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This Gyuto is handcrafted by Echizen craftsman Yoshihiro Yauji using Ginsan (Silver #3) stainless carbon steel as core, clad in stainless steel, with an elegant Damascus Tsuchime hammered finish. This knife has a high level of fit and finish, including a well-polished choil. The beautiful grind geometry ensures a sleek cutting performance, and the wenge wood octagonal handle with a buffalo horn kuchiwa ensures a more balanced handling experience.
- Origin (Made in): Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
- Brand: Shoshin
- Craftsman: Yoshihiro Yauji
- Knife Type: Santoku
- Construction: San Mai
- Grind: Double-edged Blade (50/50 Grind)
- Hagane (Core Steel): Ginsan (Silver #3)
- Jigane (Cladding): Stainless Steel
- Hardness: 60-62 HRC
- Hand-forged, hand-ground, hand-sharpened
- Blade Finishes:
- Tsuchime (Hammered)
- Blade Length: 210mm (8.3") / 240mm (9.4")
- Blade Height (at heel): 50mm / 52mm
- Spine Thickness
- Above heel: 3.3mm / 3.8mm
- Middle: 2.9mm / 3.0mm
- Shape: Hachikaku (Octagonal)
- Material: Wenge
- Kuchiwa: Black Buffalo Horn
- Length: 131mm / 143mm
- Overall Length: 356mm / 397mm
- Weight: 196g (6.91oz) / 252g (8.89oz)
- Hand Chiseled Mark: In Japanese Kanji "Shoshin" (初心)
About Yoshihiro Yauji 弥氏 吉寛
It is not rare that a person’s childhood experiences had an influence on one’s career choice. It certainly is the case with Mr. Yoshihiro Yauji. Born in 1983, Yauji-san developed an interest in DIY as a child, and he gradually fell in love with tools made of steel. He found a very special connection with knives because knives in his own words "represent the starting point of mankind" (人間の原点). "From the Stone Age, human-beings started using knives to cut trees and eventually led to the development of civilization", said Yauji-san. In 2003, Yauji-san became an apprentice of Master Hideo Kitaoka, who is considered one of the best artisans in Japan. After more than 15 years of training, Yauji-san finally started making knives independently in 2019. It’s worth noting that he does forging, grinding, finishing, and sharpening, all by himself.
Ginsan (Gin3 or Silver #3) is a stainless carbon steel, with 14% added Chromium. Retaining the character of Japanese carbon steel, with similar hardness of Shirogami #2, Ginsan is stainless. It's edge retention is only slightly inferior to Shirogami #2, but the fact that it combines ease of sharpening, carbon steel character as well being stainless makes it a great choice for those who wish to have a Japanese carbon steel knife that is easy to maintain.
Recommended cutting surface: wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.
We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives.