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Daishin Ryujin

RYUJIN

 

The 'Ryujin' series is a series of completely stainless steel knives made in Tsubame-Sanjo, Niigata, Japan. The greatest feature of the 'Ryujin' series is the extremely sharp and unparalleled cleanliness on the cutting edge, created by the years of experience of Daishin's craftsmen. The blade is made of Japanese molybdenum-vanadium steel, purchased from the Aichi steel Corporation.

The geometry of the blade is special. Each blade is finished by hand using the "Edo sharpening technique", which is only used by a few craftsmen in Japan. This results in excellent thinness and sharpness. The Edo sharpening technique is recognized in a refined geometry, where one side is sharpened practically straight and the other side has a very long fold (kireha). Thanks to the thin blade, the knife is suitable for both right-handed and left-handed people.

The surface of the handle is a copy of the Kamakura-bori (鎌倉彫) style. A traditional woodworking technique characterized by small recesses in the surface, made with a gouge. By applying the Kamakura-bori style to the steel handle, it gives a perfect hand feeling to the user. Moreover, by making the handle hollow on the inside, it is lightweight, so you will not get tired even if you use it for a long time. The bridge between handle and blade is low and comfortable, ideal for the pinch grip. This results in the knife becoming an extension of the user's hand.

Ryujin's knives are for both the hobby chef and a professional. With their sharpness, precision and durability, these knives are an essential asset to any kitchen.

Elwin de Veld about Daishin Ryujin

Shosaka Motomiya, the president of Ryujin, explained to us in detail how the name Ryujin came about. 'Ryu' means dragon and 'Jin' translates as God. Shosaku san, the founder of Daishin, really wanted to launch a knife brand from Tsubame city, where he was born and raised. In Tsubame there is a temple called: 'Echigo Ichinomiya Yahiko Shrine'. The legend honored here tells us that after great losses in battles, a sword was presented to Emperor Jinmu (the first emperor of Japan), with which the emperor defeated the crisis and many subsequent opponents. Thanks to this sword, many Tsubame crafts have emerged in the region, including knife makers. In addition, it is said about the emperor that Jinmu was a god who wore dragon scales on his skin, which would protect him. The sword is still the source for the knives that are still made with great dedication in the region today, according to President Honomiya.

It is the first time that I present a completely steel knife to you in our store and webshop. Of course I tested the knife extensively and I can only say, what a pleasure. The knife is easy to keep sharp, has a nice weight and the steel handle is very comfortable. Not a single moment has it become slippery. I might want to exchange the gyuto 210 mm that I currently use for a 240 mm, because you have so much control with the pinch grip!