Santoku knife, Shirogami 1 with stainless steel cladding, nashiji finish - Goko


Goko Hamono is one of the last remaining forges left in the Tokyo area. It’s a family business that has been operational for around 30 years and in this time they have gained an excellent reputation for their outstanding work

This knife has been one of our bestsellers since we started. It offers a great entry point into this world for someone looking for a handmade knife.

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 paper) 1 steel. This steel has the highest amount of carbon out of the paper steels so will get crazy sharp easily. Due to the non stainless nature of this steel care must be taken to dry the knives properly after use. It is worth noting that this knife has been clad in stainless steel meaning only the exposed core edge will discolour making maintenance a lot easier.

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 ferrule.

LENGTH: 165mm

MAKER: Goko - Kashiwa city, Japan

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

SAUNDERS SAYS: "I have one of these and I love the range, they are slightly taller than others I have used which I love."

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