Tosa Kajiyamura Knives

By: on August 09, 2012

A trio of Japanese knives by Tosa Kajiyamura for all the chefs and sharp object enthusiasts out there. Sold separately for $85 apiece, the three blades enjoy a rich history dating back to the early Edo period in 17th century Japan. During the Reformation of Genna in 1621, the people of the Tosa province had heavy hands in projects such as procuring lumber and promoting rice field development, duties which required the slicing edges of high-quality agricultural and forestry tools. This encouraged the province's citizens to hone their smithing skills and today, while they have incorporated some machinery into the forging process, they continue to hone their knives in the tradition of the Edo period.

I have no personal experience using Tosa Kajiyamura knives to cut, but I'm digging the Japanese characters engraved in their blades. Now I can feel exotic without having to get that tattoo....

Tosa Kajiyamura mainstay, the Bunka knife, is a hefty cut of high-carbon white steel laminated to hammered iron that sports an angled top edge, and subtly curved blade. Its oak handle, designed to rest in the nook of a palm, is intended to feel steady and light. Of similar thickness, but with a more vertical tip and straighter edge, the vegetable knife claims to be easily leveraged between the hand and cutting surface, enabling its use as a smooth and almost effortless fulcrum during extensive onion and carrot slashing missions. Its cleaver shape also makes it handy in transferring cut vegetables from board to pot. Lastly, the peoples of Tosa present their sashimi knife, a long and strong implement intended to slice its targets razor thin, and obviously used in the pursuit of Albacore nigiri and California rolls. Somehow, I find it both the spectral opposite, and perfect complement to the Sushi Bazooka.

All three knives should be wiped dry after each use to prevent rust. Each weighs in a 8 ounces, and measurements are as follows. Tosa Kajiyamura Bunka: 8-1/4" blade, 16-1/4" overall. Vegetable: 7" blade; 12-1/8" overall. Sashimi: 8-3/4" blade; 13-1/2" overall.

Buy Now

Jagdkommando Knife

Sold Out from Amazon »

If you're looking to stab someone in the back, knife them in the heart, or just royally screw them over, Microtech's MCT1057 Jagdkommando fixed blade knife is the definitive way to do it. A version of the manufacturer's...

Buy Now

Kershaw AM-6 Utility Neck Knife

$17.44 from Amazon »

I love you a bushel and a peck and a knife around the neck. No, no, it's not sinister, it's a Kershaw Neck Knife. The AM-6, a utility blade designed by Al Mar Knives. A sweet gift for a man, not the morbid nursery rhyme...

Buy Now

The Nessie Family Kitchen Utensils

$32.90 from Amazon »

The whole fam Nessie damily would like to take a swim in your kitchen brews and stews. Papa the colander spoon in your cooked pasta. Mama the ladle in your tomato soup and passion fruit punch. And Baby Nessie in your...

Buy Now

Schrade SCHA5B M.A.G.I.C. Folding Knife

$30.84 from Amazon »

The Schrade SCHA5B M.A.G.I.C. folding knife listing neglects to explain its M.A.G.I.C. acronym, so at first I thought maybe it didn't stand for anything, that the caps and dots are just there for their imposing, visual...

Check it out

Belt Buckle Knife

$65 - $95 from Bowen Knife Company »

Well I just hope the sheaths in Bowen's blade-wielding belts are secure and hefty enough to preclude any potential slippage or puncturing in the vicinity of the most important part of my body. The last thing I need from...

Check it out

M48 Cyclone Fixed Blade Knife

It's probably nowhere near the Jagdkommando knife in performance, but on the (very far) upshot, the M48 Cyclone fixed blade knife is also nowhere near the Jagdkommando in price....

Check it out

Throwing Card Knives


Watermelons. You poor bastards. Always on the receiving end of novelty weapon violence. The Gotcha Cap. The Unbreakable Slugger Umbrella. The Blade Driver Crossbow. And now...the Queen of Hearts. That bitch....

Buy Now

Yomo Simple Sushi Maker

Sold Out from Amazon »

People always talk about sushi making as this formidable, elusive craft that many have tried, but all but the most elite and Jiro-Ono-blessed have failed to execute well. And while I basically agree with this assessment...

Check it out

Origami Pocket Knife

$480 from Bre & Co. »

You won't be able to fold the Origami Pocket Knife into a crane, but you will be able to use Bre & Co.'s 440C stainless blade to slice out the perfect neck and wings from the crane you're struggling to make from origami...

Buy Now

Handmade in Japan Higo no Kami Knife

$28.48 from Amazon »

Each of these Higo no Kami knives, traditional Japanese non-locking folding blades, are handmade and imported directly from Japan. And if you don't believe me, believe the superb English translation of their product description:...

Check it out

Kniper Throwing Knife & Multi-Tool

$145 from Kniper »

People around here seem to love knives and multi-tools. Multi-tools in particular are, like, the new bacon. Before, for at least a year, when I posted anything about bacon clicking fingers went hog wild (see: tactical...

Buy Now

EDC Money Clip with Hidden Knife

$13.99 from Amazon »

Jbett says their EDC Money Clip, with a fine edge blade hidden like a gooey chocolate center inside, "warrants picking up the tab every time just to show it off." Uh...what? I think if I wanted to make everyone jealous...