Santoku knife, shirogami carbon steel - Kagekiyo
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A classic "do everything" shape with a Japanese lacquer handle.
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: Shirogami (white) 1 steel. It is a reactive carbon steel which is easy to sharpen and holds an edge well. This steel is often chosen for traditional-style Japanese knives.
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.
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."
BLADE LENGTH: 170mm
OVERALL LENGTH: 315mm
BLADE HEIGHT: 49mm
THICKNESS AT HEEL: 3.6mm
These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.