Santoku knife, SKD tool steel, nashiji finish - Yoshikane


Kazuomi Yamamoto is a 4th generation blacksmith working under the Yoshikane name. The forge is over 100 years old and are renown for the heat treatment and the ability to bring out the finest qualities in all steels.

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: SKD. This is a Japanese high chromium and Carbon Tool Steel that is semi Stainless and virtually identical to American D2 steel. It’s easy to sharpen and has great edge retention

FINISH: Nashiji or pear skin finish. This matt and mottled finish helps with food release and looks very rustic.

HANDLE: Octagonal teak handle with a buffalo horn furrel.

LENGTH: 165mm in length

MAKER: Yoshikane - Sanjo, Japan

BEST FOR: Those wanting the performance of carbon steel but with the ease of use of stainless steel.

SAUNDERS SAYS: "After met Kazuomi Yamamoto, having his knives in our shop is a real treat." 

These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.