The sharpest Japanese knives Aogami Super and Gingami#3

4 Aogami super knives placed on a wooden board

If you want the best sharpness, you should choose Aogami Super knife. It is the sharpest Japanese carbon steel knife. However, Aogami Super has the disadvantage of rusting. Please check the advantages and disadvantages of Aogami Super on this page, and find the best knife for you.

And in the second half of the page, we introduce a steel named Gingami#3. Although this steel is stainless, it has sharpness close to Aogami super. We also post recommended Gingami#3 knives, so please take a look.

About Aogami Super

Aogami Super is the name of the steel. Aogami means blue and is also called Blue super steel. It is the hardest and highest grade carbon steel in Japan, manufactured by Hitachi Metals.

The hardest means the sharpest knives are made, and the sharpness lasts for a long time. If you want the sharpest knife you should choose the Aogami Super Knife.

Chart showing the grades of Japanese carbon steel
JIS = Japanese Industrial Standards
Aogami means blue
Shirogami means white
Kigami means yellow

Disadvantages of Aogami Super

It’s about rusting.

There are two types of steel.

  1. Carbon steel : Very sharp and easy to sharpen, but rusts easily
  2. Stainless Steel : Rust resistant but not as sharp as carbon steel.

And Aogami Super is classified as carbon steel. Therefore, although it is sharp, it has the disadvantage of being easily rusted.

But all Aogami Super knives introduced here are covered with stainless steel on both sides of the blade. So the most part of the blade has resistance to oxidation.

Cross section of Aogami super knife's blade

Recommended Aogami Super Knives

Santoku 16.5cm (6.49inch)

Hammered finish traditional style Santoku knife. Stainless Steel blade with Aogami super steel core.
$136.00


Gyuto chef’s 21cm (8.26inch)

Hammered finish traditional style Gyuto knife. Stainless Steel blade with Aogami super steel core.
$158.00


Santoku 18cm (7.08inch)

Forged in traditional way, black finish santoku knife. Stainless Steel blade with Aogami super steel core.
$152.00


Santoku 18cm (7.08inch)

Hammered finish santoku knife. Stainless Steel blade with Aogami super steel core.
$146.00


Gyuto chef’s 21cm (8.26inch)

Forged in traditional way, black finish Gyuto knife. Stainless Steel blade with Aogami super steel core.
$172.00


Gyuto chef’s 21cm (8.26inch)

Hammered finish Gyuto chef’s knife. Stainless Steel blade with Aogami super steel core.
$168.00


Nakiri 16.5cm(6.5inch)

Black finish Nakiri knife for cutting vegetables. Stainless Steel blade with Aogami super steel core.
$142.00

Gingami#3 steel has a sharpness close to Aogami super

Gingami#3 is stainless steel, but it has a sharpness close to Aogami Super.

Normally the quality of sharpness is different between stainless steel and carbon steel. While stainless steel is slippery, carbon steel has a strong sharpness that cuts into food.

However, although Gingami#3 is stainless steel, it has a strong sharpness similar to carbon steel. This is because the Gingami#3 is manufactured by Hitachi Metals as well as the Aogami super. Gingami#3 is stainless steel, but it has properties close to carbon steel.

If you want the sharpest knives, Aogami Super is recommended. But if you want a rust-resistant knife, Gingami#3 is recommended. The stainless steel with properties closest to Aogami Super is Gingami#3.

Recommended Gingami#3 knives

Santoku 18cm (7.08inch)

Forged in traditional way, matt finish Santoku knife. Gingami#3 Stainless Steel blade.
$141.00


Gyuto chef’s 21cm (8.26inch)

Forged in traditional way, matt finish Gyuto Chef knife. Gingami#3 Stainless Steel blade.
$163.00


Nakiri 16.5cm(6.5inch)

Forged in traditional way, matt finish Nakiri knife for cutting vegetables. Gingami#3 Stainless Steel blade.
$141.00

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