Santoku means "the 3 virtues" (slicing, dicing, mincing) and stands for this knife's high versatility. It is the perfect multi-purpose knife. This great universal tool isn't as intimidating as a large chef knife and therefore perfectly suited to initiate you to the great world of Japanese knives.
Damascus 45 Japanese knives are a beautiful, efficient and fair priced line of knives that will suit well to both the professional and the knife entusiast.
The core of the Damascus 45 knives is made of uddeholm swedish steel, a very high quality super steel that is hardened to HRC 60. This core, which is in the dead center is in fact the edge of the blade. On each side of the hard center, you will find 45 layers of folded stainless steel, which includes a chrome steel (the shiny one) and a nickel alloy (the white-ish part). This blade will take a very sharp edge that will last a very long time compared to any western knives you have used in the past.
The handle is traditional wa-handle, made of magnolia and the ferrule (top part of the handle) is made of genuine buffalo horn. With time and use, the handle will develop a nice, dark honey patina.
Easy to sharpen (water stone only), rust resistant and very light, these knives are a very popular line with their traditional handle, great steel and beautiful blade.
The city of Seki (Sakai), Japan, is known for being the Japanese capital of swords and cutlery for over 600 years. The city contains the accumulated knowledge of generations of blacksmiths who perfected the art and science of samurai swords. Today, the master craftsmen (some octogenarians) still apply and pass on their expertise even though the warlords have now long been replaced by culinary chefs as main customers. Sakai Takayuki Aoki Hamono Seisakusho is one of the most famous and renowned manufacturers of Seki, which hires several generations of blacksmiths and apprentices. The company offers a large variety of kitchen knives, for both professional chefs and home cook. We have made our selection by keeping in mind that we want to offer you good value for your money as well as the best knives for your needs. Indeed, some of these knives sells for a few thousands of dollars. If you work in a food related trade (sushi chef, butcher, fishmonger, etc..) and you are looking for a special Japanese knife shape, please feel free to contact us. Since we import these knives directly from where they are created, we will be happy to place a special order for you.
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