Santoku knife 18 cm - Kurouchi finished, Urushi handle purple
The Santoku all-purpose knife with a rustic look and uncompromising blade performance.
This Japanese chef's knife is the counterpart to the Western kitchen knife. The high blade blade makes it easy to handle large and small cuts. A special feature of this knife is the single-edged blade (for right-handers). Are you looking for a knife for basic and regular use in your kitchen and at the same time want a hand-forged unique piece, this Santoku is the ideal choice.
Please note that these knives have irregularities. These are caused by the traditional Nakaniida manufacturing process and are not a product defect, but are intentional. This forging technique consists of 28 processing steps and was adopted from katana blade manufacturing. The special feature here is that the already cooled blades are shaped further and further by hammering. This manufacturing process is therefore not suitable for mass production, but only for unique pieces that are created purely by hand. This forging technique produces blades that have excellent sharpness and at the same time very high blade flexibility. Even the inexperienced can sharpen these knives very well.
The blade core of this santoku is made of White #2 steel. It is a single-edged knife for right-handers. The blade is inserted into the handle at a slight angle. This counteracts "drifting" when cutting.
We are not aware of any forges still practicing this technique other than Ishikawa-san's knives.
- Length blade: 180mm
- Height blade: 47mm
- Length handle: 128mm
- Length blade: 325mm
- Weight: 136g
- Color handle: Urushi purple
- 3-ply blade construction with core made of White #2 steel according to San Mai
- Hardness of core steel: 63 HRC
- sheath steel made of low stainless steel with Kurouchi finish
PRODUCT AN CARE INSTRUCTIONS
- This knife is not suitable for hard cuts such as bones and frozen food.
- These knives should never be put in the dishwasher and must be rinsed and dried by hand after each use to ensure long life.
- If not properly cared for, these blades tend to rust. Regular treatment with oil is also recommended.
- As the knives are handmade, each individual knife is unique.
- This also means that the knives may differ slightly in appearance.