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Ishikawa White #2 Santoku
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Ishikawa White #2 Santoku

Item #: IshikawaSantoku

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Once in awhile we are lucky enough to be able to offer a unique and historically significant knife line to our customers. Some of the older blacksmiths who have retired, or are about to go into retirement, make up many of these instances. The knife line we present here is significant in that it is probably the last series of knives being produced using the Nakaniida process. When the blacksmith retires, that will be it. No apprentice. No more Nakaniidas. Unless someone quickly takes up the mantle.

Michio Ishikawa is a 4th generation blacksmith working for Nakaniida Traditional Blades. The workshop is located in the Miyagi Prefecture and has been in operation for over 350 years.

Ishikawa-san uses both Aogami and Shirogami #2 steels for his knives. He makes this knife from Shirogami #2 carbon steel with a soft iron cladding. The nakaniida process involves 28 steps and is notable in that the blade is hardened 3 times. This entire process is carried out by Mr. Ishikawa. To add to the originality of his knifes, they are all single bevelled. Santoku, nakiri and gyuto blades are rarely made with just one bevel.

Please remember that right edged single bevel knives are only applicable to right handed users. They do require an adjustment in both cutting style and sharpening techniques. These are things that can be easily learned with some You-Tube videos and a bit of practice! In general, single bevel knives, with their 15 degree inclusive edge, will cut finer than double bevel knives. They will be less likely to wedge and will release food more easily.

Ishikawa-san regards sharpness and forging as more important than fit and finish so you will possibly find some marks or other imperfections present, but these will not impact the cutting ability of these unusual knives. Rather, they add to the hand made quality that each one possesses. This Santoku has been fitted with a lovely octagonal dyed maple handle.

  • Blacksmith: Mr. Ishikawa
  • Kami Japan
  • Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
  • Core Steel: White #2
  • Edge: Asymmetric See Choil Photo
  • Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Blade Length: 187 mm
  • Total Length: 332 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 3.6 mm
  • Blade Height: 47.5 mm
  • Handle: Octagonal Dyed Maple

  • Customer Reviews

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    5  Ishikawa Shirogami #2 Santoku, July 17, 2019
    Posted By: HPHH

    Mine was a custom-handled one, the very same specimen that made its way through the CKTG pass-around in 2017. The OOB edge was very sharp, it appears Mark sharpened it prior to shipping. Even with the custom handle, the whole thing was lighter than I expected.

    The odd-looking combination of colors wasnít nearly so disagreeable in person. I think the faded gray and weathered blue work well with Ishikawa-sanís aesthetic and the traces of prior use and sharpening also accentuate this rugged blade. I bought it just because it was inexpensive compared to a new knife, but I was pleasantly surprised.

    The knife has been performing well these last few days. Although it does steer when cutting hard, tall, dense product, as expected of a single-bevel, the steering is easier for me to control than the steering in, say, a traditional yanagiba or deba. It will take some practice for me to master this knife if I am to cut tall/dense items.

    All-in-all, this has been yet another fine experience with CKTG. I will treasure this piece of knifemaking history.




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    5  Super sharp knife, July 22, 2017
    Posted By: Paul Yale - verified customer
    4 people found this review helpful

    Just got this as a gift from my daughter. Fit and finish of the handle is outstanding. I believe it is walnut with a maple like in the photo. As far as the blade, sharpest white#2 edge ever!! Took it to a #1000 then#6000 grit stones just to clean up the edge not really to sharpen then stropped with chromium oxide. Man this thing is sharp! Even sharper than my Itto ryu in White#2 or Goko in White# 1. After almost a month of use it is still really sharp. Using it is not too hard just need a little adjustment in technique. It performs much better on smaller stuff about the size of a medium potato or smaller. Anything larger and it will steer. But the edge you get makes double bevel knives seem sluggish. Honored to have one of Michio-san's knives. It is a piece of history and a pleasure to use. Just my opinion.

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    5  5 Star Traditional Knifemaker, February 21, 2017
    Posted By: Mike M - verified customer
    3 people found this review helpful

    I have owned knives from this maker for a number of years. They are beautiful,well made and very sharp. You will love his knives and use them for many years. Please watch the video and the 46 minute interview with Mr. Michio Ishikawa and you will understand why you will want his excellent knives. Michio-san upholds Japanese traditional knife making at the highest level.I buy knives from many of the top traditional makers and am so happy that this maker has knives for sale on this site.I only wish an apprentice could be found for Mr. Ishikawa to continue the tradition in Nakaniida. When you buy these knives you will own a beautiful piece of Japanese knife making history.

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