Crafted in Seki, Japan by a family with over 400 years of bladesmithing lineage, using VG-10 Steel with a Rockwell Hardness rating of 61. Finished in either Obsidian Black or Brushed Chrome, with a handle of deep ebony or tactile walnut. A peerless knife.
Each E1 Essential Chef’s Knife is made with a Convex Blade shaped from VG-10 steel. This proprietary profile allows for the cleanest cut with every stroke, ensuring ingredients aren’t damaged through the cutting process and flavours are locked in.
The VG-10 Steel has with a Rockwell Hardness rating of 61, at once both durable and malleable, rust-resistant and peerless in edge retention, it is truly the gold standard.
Inspired by Wa handle silhouettes, Essential handles blend modern ergonomics with traditional Japanese wood carving, bringing a lighter weight and a blade-forward balance disposition.
In your choice of either sustainably harvested Ebony or tactile American Walnut farmed from regenerative forests in Missouri, both luxuriously polished and finished. A handle that allows for dexterity without compromising comfort.
As is the long-held superstition, giving a knife severs ties. To prevent the accidental end of your relationships, we have included a small envelope inside each handmade Hinoki box. Before gifting the knife, we encourage you to place a coin inside. Upon receiving the knife the recipient may then offer the envelope back to you as a token form of payment. This small act will ensure that all cutting remains solely in the kitchen.
Like the Katana of centuries before, each E1 Essential Chef’s Knife has been clad in the traditional Warikomi style. Achieved through wrapping a hardened steel core in soft iron, for Warikomi blades are prized for their unbreakable nature. On the Essentials, we’ve replaced the soft iron core with VG-10 Steel, making three layers of VG-10 steel. Unlike one solid steel piece, this is both more durable and easier to sharpen.
Double Bevel BladeConvex Cutting Edge
Proprietary VG10 Stainless Steel
Obsidian Ebony or American Walnut
Versatile in cutting fish, meat and vegetables, the first and last knife you will reach for.