The Fujitora factory of Niigata Japan has produced what we consider to be the ultimate perfection in a blend of Japanese and European knife design. Tojiro Senkou DP (Flash) knives, meaning Flash in English are insanely sharp. These knives are made out of the finest Damascus steel wrapped around a VG-10 core to provide a very hard cutting edge (Rockwell 60-62). The handles are made from Micarta material with a steel inlay in a shape which is very comfortable to use. There is also a special die cast bolster welded onto the handle of the knives, which provides a smooth touch and comfortable grip. The overall knife is as sharp as you could possibly imagine, but it has the weight and presence of a European knife. In our opinion these are as good as it gets. Tojiro Senkou DP (Flash) knives are used and endorsed by Heston Blumenthal, one of the world’s very few 3* Michellin chefs and are used by him and his staff in the kitchen of the Fat Duck restaurant.
It is a specialist knife, really for use with bread only. The teeth are made to saw through the crust of bread but could also be used for some tough meats, for example crackling. The funny thing is, the Japanese do not really eat bread and so it is one of those products that they never really understood! If you look closely at the knife blade you will see that on the face of the knife, the teeth have a chamber whilst on the back of the knife, the face is flat. When you cut into bread, you will automatically cut inwards in a curve rather than straight down and the chamber is there to help correct this so that your slicers will be more of a similar thickness all the way through.