The Richmond Artifex santoku is an all-purpose knife that measures 190mm or about 7.5 inches on the blade. The name Artifex is Latin for artisan or worker and I designed the knife specifically for people in the food service industry that need a great blade that is tough, versatile and uses world class steel called AEB-L. AEB-L (also called 13C26) steel was designed for razors, which need corrosion resistance, high hardness and very acute edges. Once you try a knife that is made with AEB-L you will see why it is coveted by knife enthusiasts and professionals. The knife will take a very keen edge just like the best carbon steels yet you don't have to worry about rusting. You will also find much better sharpening properties since AEB-L is less prone to produce wire edges that are so common when you sharpen most high end Japanese kitchen knives. We hardened this steel to 60.5-61 for the ideal hardness and toughness.
I designed this knife to be thin with a nice sized handle made of black G-10 that is nearly indestructible with a classic 2 rivet design. The handle is very stable and is designed to give you years of worry free use. Finally, this knife is made right here in the United States with our partner Lamson And Goodnow. The factory edge grind is 50/50 at about 15 degrees on each side. We priced this knife aggressively so line cooks, knife enthusiasts and students could afford it. I hope you enjoy my newest knife. Kind Regards, Mark Richmond.
Santoku for my wife,since she really liked the design of the Wusthoff Santoku. To say the least she was was in love with this knife from the first use. She said that it was more comfortable to hold and it cut flawlessly through all the veggies. Thank you from the both of us.Erik and Sandi.
By: TIMOTHY BURKE
Satellite Beach Florida
Good,solid knife for the money. Holds a great edge and is easy to keep that way. The G10 scales are perfect. Great grip and minimal maintenance. Excellent heft and balance for a Santoku.
By: Larry Cook
A big heavy santoku. Going to learn to sharpen with wet stones with this knife.