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Tojiro Shippu Bread Knife

Tojiro Shippu Bread Knife

FD-589

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The bread knife, as its name suggests, is specialized for slicing through bread without crushing it. Developed in Germany and the United States in the late 19th century, the introduction of Japanese design and materials to this pattern makes for an unparalleled cutting experience.

Function

Bread presents a unique challenge to the home or professional chef due to its hard exterior and soft, crushable interior. The bread knife’s serrated edge can saw through the crust without exerting pressure on the bread, giving a clean, non-destructive cut. The serrated edge also makes it useful for other foods with hard exteriors and soft cores.

Form

Damascus steel was first developed in India over 2,000 years ago and quickly established a reputation not only for its beauty, but also as one of the greatest metallurgical innovations in history. Swords forged in Persia and sold in the Syrian city of Damascus inspired legends of their ability to slice through a gun barrel or part a hair falling across the blade. Although the ancient technique was lost to history around 1900, modern metallurgists have succeeded in reproducing the effect with state-of-the-art alloys to bring performance to the next level.

Tojiro Shippu and Shippu Black blades are forged from 63-layer (all larger knives) or 37-layer (paring, peeling, and petty knives) Damascus steel, which is made by repeatedly folding and forge welding two stainless steels with different carbon contents. The resulting material bears the elegant, wavelike pattern produced by its many fine layers—a testament to its strength, flexibility, and durability. This Damascus envelops a core of harder VG-10 cobalt alloy steel, a high-carbon stainless steel developed in Japan. Hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 62, it accommodates a long-lasting, razor-sharp edge.

The handle is crafted from lightweight chestnut wood, which provides a secure grip without upsetting the knife’s balance. The wood is fire-blackened, enhancing its durability and water resistance, and secured with a ferrule (collar) of polypropylene resin. Its D-shaped shinogi profile maximizes comfort and ease of control.

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Specifications

Length

240 mm (9.4") blade, 395 mm (15.6") overall

Weight

150 g (5.3 oz)

Blade

63-layer Damascus with VG10 cobalt alloy core

Edge

Serrated

Handle Material

Fire-blackened chestnut wood with polypropylene resin ferrule

Handle Shape

D-shaped (shinogi)