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About vg-10 damascus steel knife

Vg-10 damascus steel knife is one of the knife class defined by the material and structure of the blade.

17 Layers damascus knife blade
The Vg-10 steel core is sandwiched between Damascus steel on both sides.

  1. Damascus blade has the property of being hardly bends , hard to break.
  2. VG10 Steel cutting edge is hard(HRC : 61) and very sharp.

Damascus blades are made by overlaying different steel layers.

Vg-10 is the name of the steel made by Takefu Special Steel Corporation located in Fukui Japan, and it is the best quality japanese stainless steel for kitchen knife today.

vg-10 steel board
(You can also buy vg-10 raw materials like this. 5cm x 25cm US$30.00)

Components of VG-10 and more steels

Name of steel


VG-10 steel 0.95-1.05% of carbon, 15% of chromium, 0.2% of vanadium
VG-1 steel 0.95-1.05% of carbon, 14% of chromium, 0.2% of vanadium
VG-5 steel 0.8% of carbon, 14% of chromium, 0.2% of vanadium
Shirogimi carbon steel 1.0-1.1% of carbon, 0% of chromium
Aogami carbon steel 1.0-1.1% of carbon, 0% of chromium
Molybdenum steel 0.8% of carbon, 13% of chromium, 0.2% of vanadium

Before, have been said as the following... If you want a very sharp knife, choose a carbon steel knife. (like Aogami steel or Shirogami steel) but easy to oxidize, so necessary to be careful. If you want an oxidation resistant kitchen knife, choose stainless steel kitchen knife. But not very sharp like carbon steel knives.

However, vg-10 is an ideal blade steel that combines the advantages of both carbon steel and stainless steel. It is very sharp like carbon steel and has strong rust resistant like stainless steel. (Hardness HRC 61, chromium 15%)

VG-10 is high carbon steel and also has strong rust resistant. Carbon is related to hardness, and chromium is related to rust resistant.

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Best choice is vg-10 damascus steel

There are 2 types of vg-10 steel knives.

(1). VG10 Damascus steel blade; VG-10 cutting edge is sandwiched between layers of different steel.
Sectional view of vg-10 damascus steel knife

(2). Full VG10 steel blade.
Sectional view of vg-10 steel knife

If you are looking for a good knife, vg-10 damascus steel knife is the best choice!

Next, we explain the reason in detail.

Why VG10 damascus steel knife is the best? why not full VG10 steel?

Because vg-10 damascus steel will have various advantages(Compound characteristic) by composing multiple steel in layers. Followings are advantages obtained by overlaying steel.

  1. Heat treatment(hardening and tempering) can be easily. So finished in a hard and sticky(flexibility) blade. The most important thing is the balance of hard and sticky(flexibility). If it lacks sticky(flexibility) , hard blade breaks easily.

  2. Like a Japanese sword, blade will has the property of being hardly bends , hard to break.

  3. Various patterns are born by the way of overlapping of multiple steels. Damascus blade is always beatiful as an art.

33 layers vg-10 damascus steel knife blade
(VG-10 damascus steel blade kitchen knife)

(VG-10 damascus steel knives video)

Are there no better knives than vg-10 ?

There is harder stainless steel than VG10 such as Powder High-Speed steel. However this steel is very expensive, increases the price of products several times and it becomes difficult to sharpen. Also sometimes it will be broken like photo.

Because the most important thing is the balance of hardness and sticky(flexibility). If it lacks sticky(flexibility), hard blade will be broken.
broken knives blades

Finally, we think vg-10 damascus is the best steel for kitchen knives.

Buy vg-10 damascus steel knives

The following are vg-10 damascus steel blade kitchen knives that has sufficient hardness and stickiness. We guarantee the quality.

CY203 Japanese Santoku knife TC Damascus Zen-Pou 185mm

  • Blade 185mm (7.28inch) , Total Length 305mm (12inch) / Weight 176grs (6.20oz) / Vg-10 Damascus steel / Mahogany Wood Handle >Details

  • US$130.00  US$98.00

CS102 Japanese Santoku knife Damascus Saiun 170mm

CY201 Japanese Santoku knife SP Damascus Zen-Pou 170mm

CS101 Japanese Gyuto/Chef knife Damascus Saiun 200mm

CY104 Japanese Gyuto/ Chef's knife Damascus Minamoto 210mm

CY105 Japanese Santoku knife Damascus Minamoto 180mm

CS104 Japanese Petty knife Damascus Saiun 150mm

CS105 Japanese Paring knife Damascus Saiun 90mm

CY202 Japanese Petty knife SP Damascus Zen-Pou 140mm

CY204 Japanese Petty knife TC Damascus Zen-Pou 140mm