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In the highly specialised world of Japanese gastronomy, where many knives have evolved to suit a specific purpose, the Santoku is wonderful all rounder. A general purpose knife known for it’s “ 3 virtues”, whether this is slicing, dicing and chopping or meat, fish and veg it’s definitely a great all round companion for the kitchen.
This Wa-Santoku (Traditional Japanese style handle) gains it’s blackened appearance (and it’s name) from the residual deposits of the forging process left on the surface of the blade, later stages of the knife making process go on to see this colouration removed to make way for advanced levels of finish, and whist we love those too, we’re particularly fond of the Kuroichi finish at Community Cutlery.
This is a great knife, nice and thin with a lovely balance and feel in the hand. It’s approaching the upper end of the hardness scale so will take a wicked edge.
Blade Material – White #1 Carbon Steel
Cladding – Iron
Handle Material – Zelkova Wood
Blade length – 165mm
Total Length – 319mm
Blade Height – 53mm
Weight – 150g
Hardness – 63-64 HRC
Sakai, in the Osaka region of Japan has been a thriving hub for Japanese blade making for over 600 years. Sakai Kikumori, itself approaching 100 years in business, continue to work with some of the areas most skilled craftspeople to produce a broad range of cutlery.
A note on carbon steel – Like many others we at Community Cutlery favour carbon over stainless steel for its ability to take a keener edge and hold it for longer, for this privilege we need to care for our carbon products with a little more consideration, particularly when it comes to washing. Once you’ve finished with your knife we recommend giving it a quick wash and a thorough dry, as if left wet it will start to rust, surprisingly quickly. If this does happen then take a dry scourer and lightly give it a rub, another rinse and a good dry, it should come off with relative ease. With use you will also notice a light change in the colour of the blade, this patina is natural, beautiful and to be cherished, it’s like yo knife developing its own fingerprint!
And for many reasons – Never put your knives in the dishwasher
Knives are only available to persons over 18 years of age. Due to the nature of our business ALL customers will be asked to prove their age at checkout.
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