The Karaku AS line of knives are certainly priced in the lower range of handmade Japanese knives, but they are constructed using the highest grade of carbon steel in the industry. Aogami Super is known as the king of carbon steels and is held in high regard by most knife lovers and users. The ability to accept and hold the sharpest of edges is one of the best attributes of Aogami Super knives. They also sharpen up with relative ease.
The Karaku santoku is of average length and height. Although sold as a 165mm the blade comes in at a slightly longer 170mm. It is quite light, weighing in at around 3.6 ounces. The blade features a really nice kurouchi finish which aids in food release and maintenance. The knife is adept at most cutting, slicing, or chopping tasks. It is also small and responsive enough for fine detail work on garnishes and other items.
It now comes with an upgraded walnut octagonal and maple handle as of 1-12-2018.
If you have not tried an AS knife this could be your time to experience this super steel at a truly affordable price.
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