The word "Rin(琳)" comes from the Japanese painter Ogata Korin (尾形光琳), a key person in making Rin-pa (a style of painting) succeed in the middle of the Edo period. The characteristic of the Rin-pa style is the use of gold, silver and bold colors to express nature in a simple way. It was quite a novel style at that time. Even today, its exquisite harmony of gorgeousness and simplicity continues to move people's hearts. Therefore when we think of "Rin", we think of traditional, dazzling beauty.
Our Rin Series knives have a blade core made of AUS-10 and a Damascus pattern on the outer steel. The handle is made from oak wood, coated with Urushi - a Japanese traditional lacquer. They draw people's attention like their namesake because of their striking look and traditional Japanese vibe.
Furthermore, they also offer excellent performance. The AUS steels are known for their high rust resistance and ease of sharpening. Normally, these steels need to be sharpened frequently to maintain their optimal sharpness. However, the AUS-10 has relatively longer edge retention compared to other AUSs, so you can enjoy cooking with less maintenance stress!
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A Wa-Gyuto Chef Knife is a classic French style Chef Knife fitted to a traditional Japanese Style handle, whether it be the Octagonal, D-Shape or Round Shape.This handle style is more familiar to classically trained Japanese Chef's.
It is an all-purpose knife for meat, vegetables and fish, it is the most frequently used knife for Western restaurants in Japan.
When you are mostly preparing meat blocks or cutting cabbage into strips, you can use this knife around 30cm, while the 27cm knife also can be used for cooking if the boardroom is large enough. The 24cm knife is the popular size for professional use becasue it can handle everything from preparation to delicate tasks. The 18cm and 21cm are popular for home use as well, as it can cut through large pieces of food without much straining.
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.
It is made by forging two types of steel with different hardness together. Bending and overlapping them in layers, and then polishing the blade to reveal the pattern formed. The harder steel shines, while the softer steel remains dull, creating a unique pattern on the surface that resembles wood grain. This ripple pattern is called Damascus steel and has become popular in the kitchen knife community.
Optional Engraving Service
Sakai Ichimonji provides complimentary engraving using either Japanese Kanji or English Alphabet. Please specify your preference. For details, please visit here
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.