The Itto-Ryu White #2 Santoku is constructed from the ever-popular Hitachi white paper #2 steel sandwiched between an outer cladding of a semi-stainless iron. The cladding is given an attractive and durable kurouchi finish. This gives the knife a distinctive look while aiding greatly in its excellent food release properties. We really like the matte finish on the lower blade road that transitions to the polished inner core steel at the edge. We also admire the hand-chiseled kanji that further enhances the look of this great-looking blade.
This knife has a really good balance and very well executed grinds. The spine is fairly thick at the neck but tapers down to a very thin point. The blade is quite tall for a santoku of this length and features a classic profile that is suitable for users of all cutting styles.
This knife falls through food with an assured feel and an ease that belies its very attractive price. The handle is very basic but feels good in use. It has a nice texture that allows for a secure and safe grip even with wet hands. We think the Itto-Ryu White #2 Santoku represents one of the best values in our store, both in terms of fit and finish as well as its outstanding performance characteristics. Very highly recommended!
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