Hinoki’s S1 Gyuto Chef’s Knife

Crafted by 3rd generation Master Bladesmiths+ in Sakai, Osaka — the ancient centre of Japanese bladesmithing — utilising a process consisting of 131 individual production steps personalised to the owners aesthetic taste, the S1 Gyuto Chef’s Knife is a highly versatile precision instrument at home in any kitchen, transforming even the most arduous tasks into multi-sensory moments of pure delight.

The Blade

PURE BLACK JAPANESE STEEL

Hinoki exclusively uses the purest form of carbon, White Steel #1 — the closest material to tamahagane, the steel originally used to craft Japanese swords — to completely hand-forge its Black Carbon 1 Blades. Utilising a jealously guarded technique we render the blade a stunning black to create a knife that is extraordinarily sharp with exceptional edge retention and a pleasure to resharpen.

 The Anatomy

SUPREME SHARPNESS THAT ENHANCES FLAVOUR

The hyper-refined silhouette takes inspiration from the beloved gyuto knife profile. Details include beautifully rounded off edges on the heel, to increase in-hand comfort, a chamfered spine that slowly tapers toward the agile front tip+ and a subtle 50° angle integrated into the double bevelled+ chin which enhances fluidity of motion as the striking, hand-sculpted curve effortlessly slices through ingredients with aerodynamic efficiency, releasing them with minimal intervention.+

The Handle

FITS LIKE AN EXTENSION OF THE BODY

The strikingly beautiful S1 Handle is a study in duality and refinement; tactile, hand carved, solid hardwoods are crowned by a cool, blackened steel bolster, adding a discreet accent to the textural variations of the wood — all culminating in a precisely weighted grip working in perfect harmony with the Blade, promoting fatigue free use and swift manoeuvring for both left and right-handed users.

The Hand Carved Wood

SHOU SUGI CHARRED WALNUT

Carved of solid American Walnut, the wood’s grain has been rendered in a stunning all black finish using the traditional Japanese treatment shou sugi ban, an ancient process that first involves charring the wood with fire, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil — this is done not merely for aesthetics but to preserve the wood for longer and prevent decay. 

  

The Packaging

THE GIFT OF MASTER CRAFTSMANSHIP

Included with each gift order and enclosed within our signature handmade box is a specially designed vessel for those who believe the superstition that gifting a knife may severe a relationship. Prior to gifting the knife, place a coin inside, the recipient can then offer this back to you as a gesture of ‘payment’, thereby preserving your relationship and ensuring all cutting and severing remains in the kitchen.

Report by hinoki.shop