Jiro Tsuchime Yo Petty 150mm Tagayasan Handle (#352)
Jiro Nakagawa-san (@jiro2310 on Instagram) is a true one-man shokunin that lives alone in the countryside. He sought out skilled craftsmen around Japan including a master sword polisher to learn the techniques of manipulating traditional materials, and have practiced the art of calligraphy for over 20 years to enhance his hand chiseling/engraving. His unique skill sets, humility, and willingness to improve all of his domains as a craftsman make all Jiro forged items worth treasuring for years to come. We are honoured to carry his masterpieces, and cannot wait to see what amazing work he will be putting out in the future.
Jiro’s blades have several unique qualities about them. Start by looking at the blade, each completed with a rustic kurouchi and kasumi finish. Each knife is imbued with a finely finished edge, the result of hand sharpening on Japanese natural stones. All of his White #1 carbon steel knives are water quenched to bolster the hardness in the blade.
Note that the Yo handles are designed and made by Jiro himself, furnished with generous grooves to accommodate fingers comfortably and counterbalance the weight of the blade (Jiro’s blades have extra heel height and as a result, are heavier for their size). The handle shape will help prevent your hand from slipping, a great attribute when working in humid kitchens or with liquid ingredients.
Finally, the thick tang and neck are a trademark of Jiro-forged blades, done to provide even weight distribution when in use. The thick tang and neck also serve as proof of Jiro’s hand lamination, rather than the pre-laminated blanks that most smiths use for convenience.
Note: It is important to be careful when working with the tip of the knife, as Jiro prefers to taper his blades very thinly.
As a one-man operation, the number of knives he can produce at a time is very limited and thus, each individual blade we receive from him is revered. One will not easily forget a Jiro blade after seeing one and feeling its presence. Each knife encapsulates Jiro’s craftsman soul and it is impossible not to be moved by one of these. Knife purists looking for a wholly unique blade with ultimate sharpness and fantastic performance, look no further than Jiro-san’s work.
A petty (utility) knife probably gets used most often after your all-purpose knives. It can be used to cut small fruits, vegetables, and even some smaller cuts of meats (and many many more things, like cutting through plastic wrapping from a grocery trip!) If you have one, for a quick meal for two, you may just get it done without a chef's knife.
Brand: Jiro 次郎
Blacksmith: Jiro Nakagawa 中川 次郎
Producing Area: Nagano/ Japan
Steel: Yasuki White (Shirogami) #1, Soft Iron Clad
Handle: Tagayasan Western
Total Length: 274mm
Edge Length: 149mm
Handle to Tip Length: 153mm
Blade Height: 42mm
Handle Length: 120mm
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous
Date of manufacture: February 2022