Santoku knife, Aogami 1 carbon steel, traditional finish - Kagekiyo
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A classic "do everything" shape with a Japanese lacquer handle and the very top level of craftsmanship. This knife along with the other standard shapes are available for order with a lead time of roughly 6 weeks.
SHAPE: Santoku. Named after the three best things to do with this knife - slicing, dicing and mincing. It is the classic veg prep knife with both good breadth and width.
STEEL: Aogami (blue paper) 1 steel. This is very similar to white paper steel but with tungsten and chromium added to it which helps with edge retention and slows down rusting. The difference between blue 1 and 2 is the amount of carbon present with 1 being the highest.
HANDLE: Octagonal handles with urushi lacquer. Japanese lacquerware, referred to either as urushi or simply as “Japan”, is created by applying a substance made from the sap of the urushi tree. It provides an attractive finish but is also durable and water resistant and seals and protects the handles. The handle narrows slightly towards the blade to improve grip. This handle has a black shiny face on the right side of the knife with brown lacquer found on the other sides.
LENGTH: 180mm in length.
MAKER: Baba Hamono - Sakai City, Japan
BEST FOR: To feel top notch craftsmanship in a beautiful knife.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "The grind and fit and finish of these knives is the best I have ever seen. All of the craftsmen involved in creating this knife have dentou-kougeishi, the top award for traditional craftsman. These men know their onions and have created a knife that is truly special."