Santoku knife, aogami super core with stainless steel cladding and a western handle - Ohishi
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A santoku-style knife with a western handle and the coveted aogami super steel.
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) super 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 super part indicates the highest amount of carbon steel at up to 1.5% out of the blue series steels. This has then been hardened to 63-64 rockwell making it very hard and capable of retaining an edge for a very long time. The blue steel core has then been wrapped in stainless steel making maintenance easy.
FINISH: Polished or migaki
HANDLE: Western micarta handle
LENGTH: 180mm in length.
MAKER: Ohishi, Niigata City, Japan
BEST FOR: Those wanting one of the best cutting steels on the planet at an acceptable price.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "I got this range of knives with chefs in mind. The steel stays sharp for ages and the handle makes it easier to grip in high passed possibly wet kitchens."
BLADE LENGTH: 175mm
OVERALL LENGTH: 295mm
BLADE HEIGHT: 48mm
THICKNESS AT HEEL: 2.5mm
These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.