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[Indigo knife] Ginsanriji/Santoku

Addition of special case/sheath (charges apply)
Tosa Washi gift wrapping (charged)
Regular price
$170.00 USD
Regular price
Sale price
$170.00 USD
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Type: Santoku knife
Steel material: Ginsan (rust resistant)
Blade length: 16.5cm
Blade: Double-edged
Handle wood: Hiba
Pattern processing: Indigo dyeing + waterproof coating
Weight: about 100g
Production area: Japan (Osaka + Tokushima)

<What is a Santoku knife>
Santoku knives are widely used in households.
This knife comes from the fact that it has the three virtues of being able to handle meat, fish, and vegetables, and because it can be used in any way, it is sometimes called an all-purpose knife.
The reason why the blade is wider than the Petty or Gyuto knife is to ensure that even when cutting large vegetables such as cabbage, the blade remains firmly inside and cuts through to the end.
This is the best choice when choosing for the first time or when purchasing a new product.

<What is Ginzo>
Gin-san is a steel material that has been made resistant to rust. It is said that the harder a knife blade is, the sharper it will be, and steel is generally a harder material than stainless steel. Because steel has the property of rusting easily, it has been said that ``the rustier the blade, the better it cuts.'' Ginsan is a special steel material that has been developed to be rust resistant even though it is made of steel.

<What is Nashiji>
Nashiji refers to the rough surface of a pear. In traditional crafts, nashiji is one of the processes for textiles and maki-e, and is also widely used for graining. (Sandblasting has a similar feel and appearance, but the basic difference is that sandblasting has a concave surface, while nashiji has a convex surface.) Although it is simple and matte, it is still a work of craftsmanship. It has a finish that gives it a sense of presence.

<What is Ai Knife>
Indigo dyeing has supported our daily lives due to its antibacterial and deodorizing properties. Incorporating this technology, the Ai knife was born with both functionality and visual appeal. This product is a combination of Sakai cutlery, a tradition in Osaka, and indigo dyeing, which is rooted in the history of Tokushima. "Craftsman collaboration" by craftsmen from different regions and with different techniques aims to increase added value by combining the values ​​of each technique. The Ai knife is a project that aims to revitalize traditional Japanese techniques by bringing benefits to multiple production areas with a single product. Please enjoy the collaboration of craftsmanship.

[Option] About the special case (sheath)

Option price: 10,000 yen (12,000 yen for Yanagi blade)

This is a sheath exclusively for the Ai knife. The scabbard is also dyed with indigo. If you have the opportunity to carry a knife, please consider this.

The material of the sheath is "Honoki".

*We prepare sheaths according to the type and length of the blade.

*It may not fit knives other than Ai knives.

*After purchase, we cannot accept returns or refunds for reasons such as the size of the knife does not match your own knife, which is not an Ai knife.

[Optional] About Tosa Washi gift wrapping

Option price: 500 yen

We also offer gift wrapping using Tosa washi paper as an option. Please use it as a present for your loved ones.

You can also add a gift (5 yen coin) as an option. We recommend this as it is a typical Japanese way of giving a gift that conveys the wish that your relationship will last forever.

Since ancient times in Japan, there has been a culture of giving knives at celebratory occasions as a gift to ward off evil and misfortune and bring good fortune. Please continue to use it to "open up" a bright future.

[Optional] About the name engraving service

Option price: 1,000 yen

You can add text (your name or message) to the knife blade. Text can be added to all lineups of Ai knives currently on sale. This service allows you to create a special feeling by giving it as a gift to a loved one or as your own favorite item.

There is a detailed explanation of the name engraving on the page below, and please purchase from the page below.

Click here for the name page

About shipping, delivery, and delivery date

■Shipping fee

Nationwide flat rate: 1,000 yen

*Free shipping for some set items

■Delivery method

Sagawa Express / Courier

■Delivery date

Each Ai knife is finished one by one after an order is placed, so it takes time.

Items marked as ready-to-deliver: Ship within 2 business days.

Items that are not marked as ready-to-deliver ①: Regular items shipped in 7 to 10 days (mainly stainless steel knives)

Items that are not marked as ready-to-deliver ②: Items that normally take more than 2 weeks (mainly steel knives)

Items marked as "Sold Out" may take some time to arrive.

Each piece is handmade by craftsmen, so steel, wood, and monthly production quantities are limited.

About handling methods and precautions

<Handling method/Precautions>
-Wood grain and indigo dyeing may vary slightly from piece to piece.

・The indigo dye will not ooze out due to the waterproof coating that complies with the Food Sanitation Act.

・Please note that the waterproof coating may peel off if subjected to strong impact.

- Trying to cut hard or frozen items may cause the blade to spill.

・Do not heat the blade.

・Please do not use the dishwasher.

- After washing with a neutral detergent, remove the moisture thoroughly and let it air dry.

Thoughts on Ai knives

There is a reason why I decided to create a knife with a new concept called the Ai knife.

I wanted to make Japanese knives more hygienic, and I wanted to stimulate the manufacturing industry and craftsmen by creating new value.

In order to create value that is unaffected by time and culture, we decided to develop products centered on functionality and people.

When it comes to tools, functionality is more important than design. It involves people, not machines. I thought that something that is spontaneous and unique to humans, and in a sense resembles folk art, would resonate with the hearts of those of us who are tired of mass production and mass consumption. Possibilities created by craftsmen who would otherwise never have met.

We hope that the value of collaboration with artisans can be conveyed to everyone through the Ai knife!