The Shiroko Steel Whale Knife

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The Shiroko Steel Whale Knife

This versatile knife’s charming shape belies its serious utility. Hand-forged by bladesmith Toru Yamashita, the exceptionally sharp and edge-retentive blade features an inner core made from durable Shiroko high carbon steel and a rustic kurouchi black-forged finish.


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This versatile knife’s charming shape belies its serious utility. Hand-forged by bladesmith Toru Yamashita, the exceptionally sharp and edge-retentive blade features an inner core made from durable Shiroko high carbon steel and a rustic kurouchi black-forged finish.

Story

Bladesmith Toru Yamashita made his first kujira knife — which translates as “whale” in Japanese — when his children requested a knife without a pointed tip so that they could safely sharpen their pencils. Based in Kochi Prefecture (known for its whale-watching), Yamashita uses the region’s 700-year-old Tosa blacksmithing techniques to create this hand-forged utility knife. The inner core is made from durable Shiroko high carbon steel, which features a classic rustic kurouchi black-forged finish. Two different metal ores are used in the making of this knife, and close attention is given to the hardening and oil-tempering stages of forging in order to produce an exceptionally sharp, edge-retentive blade. Embossed with the word “Tosa” and a wave motif, the knife’s gentle curves are both pleasing to the eye and comfortable to hold for hands of any size. A superior, versatile blade, it’s perfect for everything from camping and whittling the day away to small kitchen tasks.

Specs
  • Utility Knife
  • Double-Edged (50/50)
  • Total Dimension: 6.25" X 1.5" X 0.12"
  • Blade Length: 2"
  • Hardness Rockwell C Scale: 62
Materials
  • Shiroko High-Carbon Steel
Origin
  • Made in Japan
Care
  • Wipe with dry cloth.