Hardness/durability ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Edge retention ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Ease of sharpening ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Rust resistance ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
White steel (also known as “Shirogami”) is a carbon steel with only small amounts of impurities that’s used to make knives that can be sharpened to an excellent edge with good quality natural stones. Kaz’s Knife and Kitchenware is proud to stock Shirogamiknife products manufactured to the highest standard of quality by Hitachi Metals. These contain carbon 1.3% and manganese 0.25%, scoring 61-64 HRC on the Rockwell Hardness scale. The only downside of white steel is that it’s not rust resistant due to the high amount of carbon, necessitating good maintenance practice from users.
A Shirogami steel knife is made using white steel which contains low impurities. This means the knife can be sharpened to a razor-sharp edge to carry out a variety of kitchen tasks.
Japanese knives are highly sought after by professional chefs because of their suitability for precision tasks. Handcrafted using the same methods as samurai swords from hundreds of years ago, Japanese knives are lighter than western knives and feel more balanced in the hand, making it easier to slice and dice produce. They also boast excellent blade hardness, offering cleaner cuts of sushi and sashimi without damaging the surface and texture of the fish.
Kaz’s Knife and Kitchenware is the best place to shop for a Shirogami white steel knife. We’re just a phone call or email away if you have any questions or would like to learn more before you buy. We also make it easy to shop online with our intuitive checkout system and prompt delivery.