Yoshimi Kato apprenticed under his father, Hiroshi Kato, for many years before recently taking the reins of the family business. He now makes knives for several leading brands including Masakage and Kanehiro. This line is a new addition to his canon and we are very impressed with their quality of grinds, fit and finish, and overall aesthetic appeal. They are made from the ever popular stainless steel called VG-10, which is known for its great edge taking and holding characteristics.
Santokus are very popular knives 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 three cutting tasks which the knife performs well: slicing, dicing, and mincing.
These are very attractive knives. The black micarta handles are beautifully finished and very durable, while the damascus has a near mirror quality to it. Hand engraved kanji finishes off the top smart look of the blades. This is a great stainless steel knife option for those who want a little bling and a lot of performance.
Maker: Yoshimi Kato
Location: Echizen, Japan
Steel: VG-10 Stainless
Weight: 5.8 ounces
Blade Length: 177mm
Total Length: 300 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 1.8 mm
Blade Height: 44.7mm
Edge Grind: Even
Handle: Western Black Linen Micarta
Engraving: Hand Engraved
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