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Kujira Craft Knife

Kujira Craft Knife

Regular price ¥5,300 JPY
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Kujira, meaning "whale" in Japanese, is the inspiration behind the Kujira Knives that grace the waters near Tosa in Kochi Prefecture, Japan. These knives are a testament to the region's 700-year-old sword-making tradition. Designed by Tetsu Yamashita and hand-crafted by skilled artisans like Toru Yamashita, these unique utility knives feature a gentle, whale-shaped profile that pays homage to Tosa's famous whale-watching opportunities.

Initially created to teach children about knife safety, the Kujira Knife has become a versatile tool for various tasks at home and in the workshop. Forged with a shirogami#2 core and a kurouchi finish, each compact and durable knife is suitable for tasks such as sharpening pencils, woodworking, cutting paper, gardening, and peeling fruit. The Kujira Knife's exceptional design and functionality have earned it recognition and awards at prestigious events such as the Kochi Souvenir Making Contest and the Japan National Village Revitalization Exhibition.

  • Overall length: 172mm
  • Blade length: 63mm
  • Core steel: shirogami#2/ white#2
  • Finish: kurouchi
  • Cladding: iron clad
  • Spine thickness: 3.0mm
  • Weight: 96g

Type A: male minke whale
Type B: female minke whale
Type C: fin whale (tail pointing up)
Type D: fin whale (tail pointing down)
Type E: sperm whale

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Care Guide

  • Use a whetstone to maintain sharpness. Avoid electric sharpeners and pull-through sharpeners, as they are not suitable for Japanese kitchen knives. Honing rods, typically used for western-style knives, may potentially damage the edge.
  • Choose a wooden or rubber cutting board instead of bamboo or poly boards to preserve the knife's edge.
  • Keep the knife clean and dry, especially if it is made of carbon steel. Carbon knives are prone to rusting.
  • Avoid using the knife to cut through bones or frozen foods. It's best to use a separate knife specifically designed for these tasks.
  • When cutting, use a smooth and fluid motion, avoid twisting or torquing the blade. This technique helps maintain control and minimizes the risk of damage.
  • Never put Japanese kitchen knives in the dishwasher. Instead, hand wash them with mild soap, ensuring thorough cleaning, and then dry them completely before storing.

Shipping, Tax, Tracking

1. How long does shipping take?
We ship from Tokyo, Japan to different countries via DHL or EMS. Please find the estimated shipping times below:

US, Canada, Australia, Europe: 3-5 days
Middle East: 5-10 days
Asia: 2-5 days

For the Philippines:
Manila and nearby cities: 2-5 days
rest of Luzon: 5-7 days
Visayas/Mindanao: 10-12 days

Please note that actual delivery times may vary due to factors beyond our control.

2. Are taxes included in the price?
Please note that taxes are not included in the prices listed on our website. If you would like your order to be sent as a "gift" or if you have other requests, please let us know.

(Note: For customers in the Philippines, there are no import taxes regardless of the order value. You will only pay 112 PHP for the Presentation to Customs Charge (PTCC) fee.)

3. How can I track my order?
Once shipped, we'll send a tracking link via email.

4. Is it door-to-door delivery?
Yes, DHL and EMS provide convenient door-to-door delivery.

Return Policy

  • You can return products within 14 days of receiving them.
  • To be eligible for return, the product must be unused, in the same condition as when you received it, and in the original packaging.
  • You must provide a proof of purchase to complete your return.
  • Buyers are responsible for the cost of returning products.
  • Contact us at info@zahocho.com to arrange a return.

Please note:

  • Knives damaged due to misuse, improper care, poor technique, mistakes in use or sharpening, or any other type of damage resulting from user error are not eligible for return, exchange, or refund.

Refunds

  • We will notify you by email once we receive and inspect your returned item.
  • If approved, a credit will be applied to your original method of payment within a certain amount of days.
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