The proper name of this knife is santoku
-bocho, or bunkabocho. In Japanese, santoku means “knife of the three virtues.” This refers to its ability to perform the three acts of chopping, slicing, and dicing. Some chefs believe the santoku is more versatile than a nakiri
, its only real competitor, in the home kitchen. The santoku has a relatively short blade, up to 200mm, and a rounded tip with a slight point. It is made with a two-sided, asymmetrical 60:50 grind which is ok for left or right handed users.
The Kohetsu AS santoku is one of the knives made exclusively for CKTG. We have specified a hardness of 64 HRC which we feel is a good number for this popular steel. It will thus hold a sharp edge longer but will take a bit more effort to sharpen. The core steel is clad in stainless steel for added strength and ease of daily maintenance.
A nicely finished ho wood handle featuring a traditional octagonal shape means this knife is light and easy to hold while being suitable for right- and left-handed users.
Please note, the knife sharpener intentionally thins the edges of these knives to make them perform better, especially on the tip area. Often times you will see a hazy/cloudy scratch pattern as a result. This is not a defect. He is doing you a favor by putting in extra work. Please look at the 4th photo on this page to see it.
Weight: 4.2 ounces
Blade Length: 183 mm (7.23")
Overall Length: 318 mm (12.5")
Thickness at Heel: 2.3 mm
Blade Height: 47.2 mm
Edge Grind: 60/40 Asymmetric (ok for left or right)