The santoku is a multi-purpose knife, but with a slight vegetable bias. Santoku means “three virtues” or “to solve three problems.” The virtues or problems are slicing, dicing, and mincing. Santoku is usually found in 160mm-190mm lengths. They are becoming more and more popular in Western kitchens due to the unique shape and smaller, easy to handle size.
Gihei have been making knives in their Sanjo City shop for decades and we are particularly fond of their forging and grinding abilities. Their heat treating in particular is exceptional. In fact they make our signature Richmond ZDP189 knives for us.
The Blue #2 knives use the ever popular Aogami 2 steel which is wrapped san mai with a jigane of SUS 405 stainless steel. The hagane is hardened to 62-63 HRC. The stainless layer receives a lovely nashiji, or pear skin, finish. It comes with a nice magnolia oval handle with buffalo horn ferrule.
The grinds on this blade are first rate and out of the box sharpness is good. However, a trip to your favorite stone with take that rating to “great” very quickly!
If you're looking for a good quality knife that is handmade, hammer forged, and made by a tiny blacksmith shop, this would be an excellent choice. We're big fans of this maker and their knives.
Edge Steel: Blue #2 Carbon Steel
Cladding: SUS 405 Stainless Steel
Edge Grind: 50/50
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Blade Length: 164 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 3.5 mm
Blade Height: 47 mm
Handle: Magnolia Oval
Ferrule: Buffalo Horn
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