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Daovua Leaf Spring Santoku 180mm
Daovua Leaf Spring Santoku 180mm Daovua Leaf Spring Santoku 180mm Daovua Leaf Spring Santoku 180mm Daovua Leaf Spring Santoku 180mm
Daovua Leaf Spring Santoku 180mm Daovua Leaf Spring Santoku 180mm Daovua Leaf Spring Santoku 180mm Daovua Leaf Spring Santoku 180mm

Daovua Leaf Spring Santoku 180mm

Item #: Daovua-Santoku

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(5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews)

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We just love finding new and unusual knife makers, anytime and anywhere. They bring a fresh dimension to the more standard offerings and get us all looking in a new way at what a good knife is, and should be. Whether itís in terms of construction, materials used, shapes, or grinds employed, or as simple as offerings at unusual prices, we just love finding those who operate outside of the box.

We came across a charming, young, bare-footed blacksmith from Vietnam who was not only yearning to offer us his unusual knives but also to try to make use of our experience in making some to our specifications. This was a chance not to be missed. Following some interesting first attempts, we are now seeing the fruits and rewards of this partnership.

These are pretty basic blades that will make a great intro knife for a new chef, a project knife for budding sharpeners, or home cooks looking for their first experience with carbon blades. But while the fit and finish are not stellar, the actual grinds of these low cost blades are rather special. The heat treatment is also of a very respectable quality. These knives are sharp and they will cut! Some of them might need a touch on your favorite stone, but a few passes and you will have a razor of a knife on your hands.

Please remember these are made under crude conditions with used steel so you should expect that they're rough and have imperfections that exceed most of our other knives. Expect dents, scratches odd sizes, different handles etc. If you're into great fit and finish or are overly particular run away! If you want to try a cool piece of living history and you're not uptight about a crude but cool cutting tool than you'll love it.

  • Edge Length: 180mm
  • Height: 52mm
  • Weight: 5.3oz
  • Steel: Leaf Spring Carbon Steel
  • Location: Vietnam
  • Handle: Octagonal with local woods (They vary from knife to knife)

  • Customer Reviews

    Product Reviews

    5  Santuko, September 30, 2019
    Posted By: mjj - verified customer

    This knife is really great. Needed a bit of a pass on a stone to get started, reactive blade, but really good weight, really good edge, love the way it looks. Only complaint is that the handle looks like many japanese knives, but it is larger, so not as comfortable.

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    5  Incredible Knife for $50, May 8, 2019
    Posted By: Justin Young

    Wow just wow I cannot believe the quality of this knife for $50...while it isn't the most beautiful knife fit and finish wise it's got more character than any knife I've ever held at any price point. I've yet to put it to the stones but in 30 min on the board today with onions I was thoroughly impressed this knife can get much sharper and there's over grinds here and there but nothing large enough you can't fix on the stones and again for 50 you won't find a knife comparable. If you don't know how to use a stone stay away but if you're decent with a set of stones this knife will most likely become a favorite. The handle also at this price is impressive it has character and it's comfortable for a pinch grip. All around every aspect of this knife screams more than $50 dollars and if I didn't know any better I would gladly pay $100+ for this knife, yet it's only $50 so if it gets damaged it's no big deal. Gotta love it. Also shout out to CKTG for sending me a very tall and flat blade like I requested.

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    4  Such a fun knife, April 1, 2019
    Posted By: greg d - verified customer

    This is a great knife for the price for sure. I have several Japanese knives and this performs right up there with the ones I own that are four to five times the price. Obviously the fit and finish is no where's near them, but that is the charm of these knives. I also have the 240 and love that even more.

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    5  Great knife for a great price, February 10, 2019
    Posted By: E Querfeld

    While this isn't the work of a master bladesmith, it's an awesome knife for the price.I find my self using it for all kinds of work- the balance is good and it's sharp!

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    5  Rough but Remarkable , January 11, 2019
    Posted By: Tylor
    1 people found this review helpful

    The story and the videos got me, but the knife is also pretty awesome.

    It's definitely rough looking, and the knife had oxidized on the dark kurouchi finish by the time it had arrived. However, after scrubbing that off with a brillo pad and cleaning up the edge a bit with a 1K stone and polishing it with my 4K and 8Ks, I could care less how it looked. The steel is remarkably light, which makes the knife nimble and precise. The steel takes a better edge than my Tojiro ITK gyuto, and while I've only used it for about 3 weeks, the edge retention seems to be good for my uses at home.

    This knife is SHARP and a great shape and size for basic prep work. If I could justify buying another knife, I'd try a few others in the line.


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    5  Daovua Leaf Spring Santoku 180mm, January 6, 2019
    Posted By: Bill Killam - verified customer

    Iíve been interested in getting one of these nights since I first saw it on the website. I have to say Iím not disappointed. For where it came from, itís superthin and cuts well. The handle is beyond my expectation. For the story behind it alone, Iíd recommend this knife. But itís an excellent workhorse for any collection.

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    5  Bang For Your Buck, October 22, 2018
    Posted By: Jani Manovski - verified customer

    Excellent knife, well balanced. Comfortable and stylish handle and sharp as sin! Will rust if not well taken care of, keep dry and hone often!

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