Ichimonji VG-10 Zen Gyuto Chef Knife
Ichimonji VG-10 Zen Gyuto Chef Knife
Ichimonji VG-10 Zen Gyuto Chef Knife
Ichimonji VG-10 Zen Gyuto Chef Knife
Ichimonji VG-10 Zen Gyuto Chef Knife

Ichimonji VG-10 Zen Gyuto Chef Knife

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Zen Series

Our Zen series uses a tsuchime (hammered) pattern on the blade, reminiscent of water droplets hitting a river's surface. This is to help create the vivid image of relaxation, and instill the idea of cooking at your own pace in a relaxing way.

The Zen series is created with a very carefully designed blade edge. With a Western-style plywood grip and balance many customers overseas are familiar with, Zen knives, as the name suggests, smoothly cut into ingredients almost like water flowing into a crevice. A high quality yet delicate secondary edge that does not need frequent sharpening, combined with a durable clam-shaped blade, allows for a knife that will serve you for many years to come.

This knife comes highly recommended from us at Sakai Ichimonji Mitsuhide, a knife manufacturer supporting Osaka from Doguyasuji for over 70 years.

Product number Actual Blade Length (mm) Full Length (mm) Total Weight (g)
2zc-180 180 310 150
2zc-210 210 340 165
Blade Material Name Handle
Double Edgedd

Double Edged

VG-10 Compressed plywood handle with brim


Gyuto, literally means "Beef knife" . The Japanese did not consume beef until it began to modernise with increased Western influence in the late 1800's. During that period, when Japanese thought of Western food, they thought of giant slabs of beef being cut and grilled or stewed, thus the "Gyuto" was born.In modern times it is the most common knife in Japanese households, with also the most variety of steel,blade lengths and handle materials available.

Professionals often use in the 240mm-270mm size range. For home use, the most popular size is 180mm-210mm.


Stainless Steel

VG10 is one of the most popular stainless steels on the market today. It has very few impurities and maintains a good hardness with the added benefit of being easy to sharpen and rust resistent.

Compressed plywood handle with brim


Compressed Plywood handles are finished by hand and provide good balance and durable.


Forging Process : The cladding method

This method of knifemaking involves forge welding two or more pieces of steel together. The inner core steel is extremely hard, while the outer layer steel is softer and more durable. Most Damascus steel knives available on the market today are made using this method. It allows craftsmen to produce beautiful and well performing blades at a reasonable cost.

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A knife store that has supported the history of knives and food culture in Japan.

It has been 600 years since the birth of swordmaking in the Sakai region of Japan. Sakai Ichimonji Mitsuhide's and it's craftsmen continue to build on that legacy by producing the finest blades in Japan.
This is where the culture of completing a dish of sashimi by "just cutting" and the culture of expressing sharpness as "taste" was born.
For 70 years, we have been connecting the spirit of Sakai's craftsmen with the passion of chefs in Osaka's kitchen equipment shopping district, known as the kitchen of Japan.
We are very happy that our knives can be used by people all over the world.


After use, wash off any dirt and wipe thoroughly with a dry cloth to remove any moisture. This product is not for use with frozen foods.This product is handmade, so each piece will be different. Please use the weight and length listed as a guide. Each material is natural and may vary in color. It is not the same as the picture.We take great care with our inventory, but in the unlikely event that we are out of stock, we will contact you by email to let you know.

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