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Shingen nashiji aogami #2 170mm bunka (custom handle)

Shingen nashiji aogami #2 170mm bunka (custom handle)

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Shingen (信玄), another ZKT original, is our new brand in partnership with Tadafusa.

Tadafusa, founded in 1948, is a small Sanjo-based knife maker that has won various awards such as the Good-Design Award and Good Design Award of Small and Medium Enterprise. They never stop making great efforts to create knives based on the changing needs of users.

What we love about their knives is that they're of high quality and are well-priced. When choosing knives, we usually consider craftsmanship, aesthetics, performance, and value. Tadafusa knives have all of these qualities. This is one of the reasons why we chose them for our new brand, Shingen (信玄).

Whether you're a home cook, a kitchen knife enthusiast, or a professional chef, you will surely love these knives. The Hitachi aogami#2 core steel is one of the best for kitchen knives. It has great edge retention and has better corrosion resistance compared to a shirogami steel (but will still rust if left wet). The stainless cladding makes maintenance easier.

You get the best of both worlds: ease of maintenance and the sharpness of a carbon steel thanks to its aogami#2 core. We also requested a special handle for this. It's an urushi lacquer burned oak wood. This wood has a nice grain and not overly decorative which we really like. As a knife handle, it is incredibly tough and durable. Pure urushi was used resulting in that transparent film protecting the handle.

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Brand: Shingen 信玄 (a ZKT original)
Maker: Tadafusa
Location: Sanjo, Japan
Knife type: bunka
Finish: nashiji

Construction type: sanmai | stainless clad
Steel category: carbon
Steel type: aogami #2 (blue #2)

Total length: 305mm
Blade length: 169mm
Blade height at heel: 46.2mm
Spine thickness at handle: 4.3mm
Spine thickness at heel: 3.3mm
Spine thickness at middle: 1.9mm
Spine thickness 1cm from the tip: 0.8mm
Weight: 133g

Edge/bevel: 50:50
Handle: urushi lacquer burned oak | octagonal
Hand orientation: ambidextrous

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Exclusive of shipping fee.
We ship worldwide via EMS or DHL (for US, Canada, Australia)

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Care Guide

Proper care is essential for Japanese kitchen knives. Here are some important points to consider:
  • 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, particularly if you're a beginner.

  • 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. If you prefer a lower-maintenance option, stainless or stainless-clad carbon knives are recommended.

  • 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.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your Japanese kitchen knives. Remember, proper care and attention will enhance your culinary experience and protect your investment.

FAQs: 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
Visayas/Mindanao: 10-20 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 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.


  • 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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