Kiyotsuna Josaku constructs this line of knives from a core of AUS-8A stainless steel. It is manufactured by the Aichi Steel Corporation in Japan. AUS-8A is comparable to 440B with a carbon content close to 0.75%, but has added vanadium to give the steel more hardness. AUS-8A steel is very easy to sharpen to a razor edge and will withstand rust very well. The steel is hardened to 58-59 HRC and has an outer stainless layer to add further strength and protection.
Santoku means three virtues in Japanese and the description refers to the three main cutting tasks which the knife performs so well: slicing, dicing, and mincing.
The Kiyotsuna Josaku 165mm santoku features good fit and finish and a nice grind. The blade is thick at the spine, tapering nicely to a very fine and effective point. It comes with a simple wood D-shaped handle with a plastic ferrule. This is a great introduction to Japanese knives in general and santokus in particular, all at a very friendly price.
Weight: 5.0 ounces
Blade Length: 165 mm (6.5")
Overall Length: 300 mm (11.75")
Thickness at Heel: 3.8 mm
Blade Height: 46.3 mm
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