Kanehide PS60 Santoku 180mm.
Santokus are a very popular knife in both home and professional kitchens. Combining many attributes of a gyuto
and western chef knife, their blade geometry incorporates the sheep's foot tip. A sheep's foot design essentially draws the spine ("backstrap") down to the front, with very little clearance above the horizontal cutting plane when the blade is resting naturally from heel to forward cutting edge.
This results in a knife that favors less of a rocking motion as compared to a gyuto or chef knife. "Santoku" translates to Three Virtues. This is a perfect descriptor of the the three cutting tasks which the knife performs well: slicing, dicing, and mincing.
Kanehide makes this blade from Hitachi Gin5 steel which is used a lot in the manufacture of razor blades. He treats this steel to a cryogenic process that not only enhance the hardness but also the wear resistance.
This is a wonderful entry level knife. Definitely one of the best in our line up of starter knives, and easily the best featuring a Western handle. Combining great fit and finish with an exceptional grind, the Kanehide PS60 santoku
is a wonderful choice for anyone starting off in the Japanese knife world. Any home cook or line chef looking for an affordable, robust, and easy to care for kitchen cutting machine would do well to consider this great value knife. Highly recommended!
Location: Seki City Japan
Construction: Laser Cut/ Mono Steel
Bevel: Double Bevel
Edge Grind: Asymetric 70/30 (Ok for lefty or righty)
Steel: PS60 Stainless
Handle: Western, Rosewood
Weight: 5.8 oz/ 166g
Blade Length: 181mm
Overall Lentgh: 297mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2.0mm
Blade Height at Heel: 47.1mm