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Nigara  |  SKU: NG-ANSG2-ST180G10SP1

Nigara Anmon (暗紋) SG2 Raindrop Damascus Santoku 180mm G10 Western Handle SP1

$617.00 $679.00
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Detailed Specifications
Line Nigara Anmon SG2
Profile Santoku
Bevel Type Double Bevel
Weight 240 g        8.47 oz
Edge Length 165 mm   .6.5 inch
Heel Height 50 mm     .1.97 inch
Width @ Spine 2.2 mm     0.09 inch
Width @ Mid 2.2 mm     0.09 inch
Width @ 1cm from Tip 0.9 mm     0.04 inch
Steel SG2 / R2 | Powdered Stainless
Blade Construction Sanmai - Stainless Damascus Clad
Hardness (HRC) 62 - 64
Surface Finish Etched
Handle Coke-bottle Shaped Western
Region Aomori
Best for
  • Enthusiasts
  • Pro chefs
  • Collectors
    • Free shipping for knives over AU$200 Australia wide.
    • World-wide shipping via DHL Express, 3 to 5 days.


    The Anmon SG2 series consist knives of various construction and sizes, all clad in 25 layers of forged damascus on each side of the blade. The ripple markings on the finely polished steel, distinctive of Tsugaru forging, is an original technique of the Nigara Forging.

    The “Anmon” design was inspired by the rippling water of the Anmon Waterfalls, cascading from the foot of the World Heritage Shirakami Mountains adjacent to the city of Hirosaki. Old growth beech and pine encompass the Anmon falls where the cool mountain stream cascades down from the precipitous rocks above. The sight of the rippling waterfall has enchanted its visitors with its mystical power.

    However, a interview with the Toshiju Yoshizawa reveals the personal inspiration for him, he said it was Andy Warhol's painting of John Lennon, specifically the fascinating distortion in his glasses that lead him to this design.

    Combining this pattern with a matte etched surface, the Anmon line gets a truely breathtaking, high contrast look. This dazziling appearance combines the great edge retentionof the SG2 powder stainless steel, result a series of knives excels in all aspects. There is a reason that these knives are sold very quickly despite the high price of them.

    Pros Cons
  • Great artistic
  • Great for professionals
  • Highly collectable
  • High budget
  • Relatively hard to sharpen

  • Care Instruction
    1. Don't cut hard things! Japanese knives are brittle so bone hacking is a NO NO!
    2. Wash with netural detergent after use, and wipe dry;
    3. Please don't wash knife with dishwasher, it will damage the wood handle;
    4. Be careful not to leave the knife close to a heat source for a long time;
    5. It is a lot more dangerous to cut with a blunt knife than a sharp knife!
    6. It is best to sharpen a Japanese knife regularly on a waterstone.

    Nigara

    Based in the small yet beautiful city of Hirosaki in the northern prefecture of  Aomori, Nigara hamono has been making samurai swords for 350 yearas, with master Kunitoshi  (國俊) being one of the most famous sword smith in his generation. Now headed by the 8th generation mastersmith Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa (吉澤 剛) supported by his father Toshiju Yoshizawa (吉澤 俊寿), Nigara is becoming very popular thanks of its exquisite forging skills and second to none quality control. 

    • Profile: Santoku

      The Santoku knife, embodying the meaning "three uses," is a cornerstone in Japanese kitchens, adept at slicing, dicing, and mincing. Esteemed for its versatility, it features a blade length typically between 15cm and 20cm (6 to 8 inches), catering to a wide array of culinary tasks. Distinguished by its less pointy tip compared to the Gyuto, the Santoku boasts a unique profile that contributes to its functionality and popularity. Its design is tailored to provide ease and efficiency in preparation, also because of its less aggressive prrofile, making it a preferred choice for home cooks.

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    • Steel: SG2 / R2

      SG2, also known as Super Gold 2 or R2 steel, is a high-end powdered tool steel by Takefu Special Steel, known for its excellent edge retention, wear resistance, and ability to achieve a hardness of up to 64 HRC. Identical to Kobelco Steel's R2, it's prized in premium knife making for its fine edge sharpness and durability. The powdered nature ensures uniform carbide distribution, enhancing toughness and reducing chipping risks. SG2/R2 is ideal for those seeking top performance and longevity in their cutting tools.

      Manufacturer:

      • Takefu Special Steel, Japan

      Nature: Stainless

      Hardness: 62- 64

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    • Construction: Sanmai - Stainless Damascus Clad

      Sanmai(Three-Piece) is a common construction for double bevel knives where two pieces of softer cladding steel are forgewelded to each side of a harder core steel. The harder but more brittle core steel will form the hard cutting edge after heat treating, and the softer cladding will support the core to increase the overall strength of the blade.

      Damascus Sanmai utilize damascus steel as the cladding material for the Sanmai construction, which adds aesthetic feature to the blade. On the Kitchen knives with stainless core steel, the damascus cladding will be stainless, this means they will also protect the carbon/semi-stainless core from rusting/discolouration.

      The soft cladding enables the thinning process to be a lot easier than a honyaki or monosteel construction. However, when the cladding is made of damascus, whether etched, polished or mirror polished, the thinning process will take a toll on the cladding, meaning the damascus won't look the same as when it was taken out of the box.

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    • Finish: Etched

      The etching process starts with the knife being thoroughly cleaned to remove any oils or residues. A protective mask may be applied to the areas not intended to be etched. The blade is then submerged in an acidic solution, such as ferric chloride, which reacts with the different layers of steel at varying rates. This creates a layer of dark oxide on the surface of the blade where the thickness of the oxide varies according to the reactiveness of the steel. After etching, the knife is neutralized in a baking soda solution, rinsed, and dried. The final step involves polishing the blade to highlight the etched design, enhancing both the knife's beauty and showcasing the craftsmanship of its maker.

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    • Handle Specs

      Profile: Coke-bottle shaped western

      Material:

      • Ambonya Burl Stabilized
      • Acrylic
      • G10

      Inspired by the legendary Bob Loveless's signature coke bottle shaped handle, this style of handle provides ergonomic benefits by offering a comfortable grip because of its tapered rear end.

      The wider midsection allows for a secure hold and better control while the tapered ends facilitate a natural hand position. This design is commonly found in Western-style kitchen knives, offering both functionality and aesthetic appeal.

      This handle is made by the same makers who produced the famous Shigeki Tanaka's SG2 ironwood western line.

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    Nigara Anmon (暗紋) SG2 Raindrop Damascus Santoku 180mm G10 Western Handle SP1

    $617.00 $679.00
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