Yoshihiro VG-10 16 Layer Hammered Damascus Stainless Steel Paring Knife 3.2″

日本製 Made in Japan
$100.00 $
Product Code: HDPR80

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日本製 Made in Japan

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Forged and hammered with 16 layers of steel in the Damascus tradition with a VG-10 Core, the VG-10 Hammered Damascus Series has been a perennial best seller, combining performance, beauty, and extraordinary value.

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  • VG 10 steel blade with 16 layers of hammered damascus stainless steel
  • Full tang
  • Mahogany wooden handle
  • Elegant, hammered texture
  • Superior sharpness, durable, stain resistant
  • Handcrafted in Japan

The Yoshihiro Hammered Damascus Stainless Steel Paring Knife is designed specifically for smaller precision tasks such as peeling, trimming, and slicing fruits and vegetables. This knife is great for intricately carving fruit and vegetables for presentations and garnishes. With its hand-hammered, layered, damascus, stainless-steel blade, this pairing knife is sharp, has great edge retention, sharpens easily, and is durable and stain resistant. A full tang knife, the handle is hand crafted out of natural mahogany wood. The elegant, hammered texture of the damascus steel works to keep food from sticking to the blade. This knife is a great value for a professional grade tool.

Care & Sharpening:

Traditional Japanese knife making values a sharp edge, which requires attention and care. Sharpening and honing should be done with only water whetstones. Hand wash and dry only, and do so immediately if working with acidic ingredients. Do not use on objects such as bones, nutshells, and frozen foods.

Additional information

Knife Size

3.2" (80mm)

Blade Material

VG-10 Stainless Steel

Edge Angle

Double Edged



Handle Material


Handle Shape




Knife Style


Saya Cover


Stain Resistant


2 reviews for Yoshihiro VG-10 16 Layer Hammered Damascus Stainless Steel Paring Knife 3.2″

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gary Henderson

    First off, let me say that I am not a fan of paring knives. Were I equipping my own personal kitchen with culinary knives, the paring knife would likely be absent from the selection, or the last knife added.
    That said, I do not have a kitchen where I am the lord and master. My wife also preps and cooks there, and she LOVES these diminutive blades. And with the addition of THIS paring knife, I have to say that I think she might be on to something.
    The Yoshihiro VG-10 16 Layer Hammered Damascus Stainless Steel Paring Knife is an absolute gem hidden among the higher priced knives in the Yoshihiro lineup of great kitchen knives. I generally like a knife with a blade of around 6” to be my smallest knife in the collection. This knife sports a 3.2” business end. If I lay the knife on my upturned palm, the blade tip on the end of my middle finger, the butt end of the handle doesn’t quite reach my wrist. As I said, tiny.

    But here’s the thing: this knife feels good in my hand. And my wife, all 5’2” of her, LOVES this knife. It doesn’t intimidate her. She has already made it her own. In fact, she wants to get more of them to use as steak knives!

    Okay, let’s talk specifics about this knife. First, it is absolutely gorgeous. The Damascus patterning is delicate and not overpowering, but it is plainly visible. Second, the mahogany handle looks more like desert ironwood. I have paid $40 for Ironwood knife scales that don’t look this good. Third, the blade is SHARP, and with an HRC (Rockwell hardness) of 60, it will hold that edge long after other knives have become dull with use. The best way to describe this small wonder would be to say that it is a work of art: the bladesmith outdid himself forging this blade, and the handle crafter did himself proud. This little knife is almost too pretty to use. Almost.
    I put this knife through its paces, peeling apples and potatoes, slicing an apple so thin that I could see the blade through the slices, and practicing making radish “flowers” as garnishes. The knife performed all these tasks beautifully, and it felt right at home in my oversize hands. It was almost like it was custom made to fit me. This is interesting, as my wife says the very same thing about the way it fits in HER hands. This is the love child of a master. Or three masters, because with Japanese knives, the person who forges the blade rarely is the same person who makes the handle. And usually, a third person sharpens it. One knife. Three craftsmen. Add to that the fact that bladesmiths don’t particularly like making paring knives. The small blades are difficult to make, and there is no room for error. A larger blade is MUCH easier to make.

    The final thing you need to know about this knife is that it is NOT expensive. In fact, it is the least expensive of all of Yoshihiro’s paring knives. At $79, it is HALF the price of the next paring knife in their inventory, and you could buy seven of them, with money to spare, for the price of their most expensive offering.

    Whether you are familiar with high quality Japanese blades, or are considering taking the plunge and buying your first one, you would be hard pressed to find a nicer little knife. I can think of all sorts of things I want to try with this one, just as soon as I can get it away from my wife. She is already referring to it as “hers.”

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sandra J. Frech

    I LOVE this paring knife! (My old knife does not compare) It is stylish, and cuts so much better. Plus, the handle is also very comfortable to hold. I will recommend “Yoshihiro” knives to my friends
    because it looks so well made.

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