Shigure means "Late Autumn/Early Winter Drizzle" in Japanese.
The Shigure Series features a unique "drizzle" like pattern across the ridge line of the blade with a reflective polish on the back and along the edge, that captures your gaze at every angle.
- Silver Steel #3 (Gin-san) Stainless Steel: High rust resistance and edge retention
- Thin and ultra-sharp forge welded blade.
- A reflective finish created by Sakai Ichimonji Master Craftsmen
- Japanese Style Walnut Handle.
Made with advanced knifemaking techniques: Hamaguri-Ba
Generally, there are two kinds of Japanese knife bevels on the market today. The first is straight and thin, while the other is slightly curved like a clam shell. We call this the "Hamaguri-ba" or clam-shaped edge.
The straight thin bevel makes a knife very sharp and able to cut smoothly. But due to its thinness, it is prone to chipping.
The Curved Bevel is thicker and less likely to chip, while also helping to release food easily when cutting.
The Shigure Series is made by Sakai Ichimonji's most experienced craftsmen, giving you a blade with high edge retention, rust resistance, and ease of sharpening.
|Actual Blade Length (mm)
|Full Length (mm)
|Total Weight (g)
|Ginsan Steel(Silver #3)
|Walnut Handle with Buffalo Horn Bolster
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.
Silver Steel #3 is a traditional stainless steel that has been used for a long time in the world of Japanese kitchen knives and is in high demand among Japanese chefs. It's known to be a difficult steel to work with but offers the closest cutting performance to a Carbon steel blade, while still maintaining some stainless properties.
This handle is made of Walnut, which is light and easy to work with. In Western Society, Walnut is commonly used for cutting boards,furniture and Gun Stocks due to its natural beauty and strength.
A forge welded blade is essentially a blade made of more than one billet of steel. There are many variations of technique and steel combinations. At its most simple, a forge welded blade is two billets of steel heated and hammer together to form one unified piece. The steel will then be shaped by hammer into the desired blade shape. Hardened and tempered, then ground, sharpened and polished. A forge welded blade has higher strength and edge retention than a stamped blade.
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.