The Fujitora factory of Niigata Japan aspired to produce a commercially successful knife that would be accessible to professional and amateur chefs alike. Their strategy saw them link up with the most famous of Japanese housewares designers, Komin Yamada who also designed the Global knife series to produce a series of quality yet value Japanese knives. The result was the development of the Tojiro Sha Ra Ku Mono series, made from a Molybdenum Vanadium steel to offer superior cutting performance and durability. The knives feature an elegant and stylish sweeping design evoking the history of the traditional Samurai katana sword. The handles of the knives are made from stainless steel and are hollow, making these knives feel extremely light. Tojiro Sha Ra Ku Mono knives are good value for a range of high carbon Japanese steel knives and have a hardness of 56 HRC.
These small scalloped knives are labelled as tomato knives as they are made precisely for cutting through fruits and vegetables with hard to break through skin. Most obviously tomatoes, but also kiwis, plums, grapes etc. These knives work really well when the center of the fruit is really soft or watery, where putting pressure on the fruit as you cut through could cause an explosion of its contents everywhere! Having a serrated knife will make things a bit easier. The blade is quite short, so these knives are not really useful for bread.