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Masutani VG10 Damascus Santoku 165mm
Masutani VG10 Damascus Santoku 165mm Masutani VG10 Damascus Santoku 165mm Masutani VG10 Damascus Santoku 165mm Masutani VG10 Damascus Santoku 165mm
Masutani VG10 Damascus Santoku 165mm Masutani VG10 Damascus Santoku 165mm Masutani VG10 Damascus Santoku 165mm Masutani VG10 Damascus Santoku 165mm

Masutani VG10 Damascus Santoku 165mm

Item #: MasutaniVG10Black-Santoku

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(5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews)

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It's hard to believe that the skilled craftsmen at Masutani can create these high value kitchen knives using quality steels and materials for such amazing prices.

Using the very popular stainless steel known as VG10 as the core of the blade, they laminate the steel with an outer layer of a damascus finish soft stainless steel. Then they laser cut the knife from this pre-forged sheet and apply some very well done grinds and edges. Our customers and reviewers are already singing the praises of these knives, and rightly so.

The 165mm santoku is a wonderful all-around knife for pretty much any chef wanting a shorter length blade coupled with a tall profile and robust stiff tip. These are knives that can replace a standard gyuto or western chef especially where space or smaller cutting surfaces prevail. Santoku translates into 3 virtues, which are regarded as slicing, dicing, and choppingóduties that this knife will perform with aplomb.

This particular example is fairly average in its dimensions and weight, but certainly not in its outstanding value or performance. The grinds are very well executed. The heat treat is kept to a low 60 HRC to prevent chipping. And the well-made handle and bolster give the blade a secure and comfortable feel.

All around, this is an outstanding knife that would be a great addition to any kitchen or chef's knife roll, especially if one is looking for great bang for the buck and ease of maintenance characteristics. Highly recommended.

  • Blacksmith: Masutani
  • Location: Echizen, Japan
  • Construction: Laser cut, San Mai
  • Cladding: Damascus Stainless
  • Edge Steel: VG10 Stainless
  • Edge Grind: Even
  • Handle: Yo (Western) Black Pakka Wood
  • Edge Length: 170mm
  • Blade Height: 47mm
  • Weight: 4.7oz
  • Spine Thickness: 1.6mm

  • Customer Reviews

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    5  Masutani VG10 Damascus Santoku 165mm , May 13, 2020
    Posted By: John Bergmann - verified customer

    Excellent construction and control. Great value.

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    5  Big Recommend, May 10, 2020
    Posted By: DJ Balint-Dickson - verified customer

    Great feeling knife, astoundingly priced for the quality.

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    5  Great Knife!, March 6, 2020
    Posted By: Friz - verified customer

    Excellent little knife. I also purchased the gyuto and Nakiri in this line both are also excellent.
    Sharp out of box. cuts through veggies with ease.


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    5  Bought this on a whim, turned it into an excellent gift, December 25, 2019
    Posted By: John Potter

    I bought this knife because I like the size, read the reviews, and thought this might be handy to have available for a gift. When my daughter invited my wife and me to visit, I brought the knife along, then gave it to my daughter as a birthday gift. She was thrilled to finally get a good knife for her kitchen.
    Ten months later, she and her brood (husband, two young boys) came to stay for Christmas, she also brought all her kitchen knives for sharpening (I have begun sharpening knives in my retirement). Even though the santoku knife has had extensive use in her kitchen, it retained a sharp edge and had only a very few, almost invisible nicks in the blade. It resharpened so easily and all the nicks are gone.
    I can highly recommend this knife to anyone on a limited budget who wants to get started in using Japanese knives. Of course, the knife is totally suitable to anyone, so consider it even if you have Shun or Global already.


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    5  Birthday knives, July 3, 2019
    Posted By: Iris - verified customer

    Great product. Great packaging.

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    5  EXCELLENT value, June 26, 2019
    Posted By: Delboy

    One of the best out of the box edges I've come across. Extreme value for these knives, they are an insane amount of bang for your buck. The handles are very plain, but the blades look just as nice as way more expensive knives. For the price, I'd actually snag this over a shun or miyabi. I bought this as part of a wedding gift, & the bride & groom said it was the nicest gift they received (unless they just told everyone that, lol).

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    5  EXCELLENT value, June 26, 2019
    Posted By: Delboy

    One of the best out of the box edges I've come across. Extreme value for these knives, they are an insane amount of bang for your buck. The handles are very plain, but the blades look just as nice as way more expensive knives. For the price, I'd actually snag this over a shun or miyabi. I bought this as part of a wedding gift, & the bride & groom said it was the nicest gift they received (unless they just told everyone that, lol).

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    5  EXCELLENT value, June 26, 2019
    Posted By: Delboy

    One of the best out of the box edges I've come across. Extreme value for these knives, they are an insane amount of bang for your buck. The handles are very plain, but the blades look just as nice as way more expensive knives. For the price, I'd actually snag this over a shun or miyabi. I bought this as part of a wedding gift, & the bride & groom said it was the nicest gift they received (unless they just told everyone that, lol).

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    5  Exquisite for the money!, January 4, 2019
    Posted By: Mike - verified customer

    I bought this for my mother, who is a huge foodie and a great cook but had never spent the money on anything nicer than a set of basic knives. It came beautifully packaged and was quite sharp out of the box.

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    5  Nice knife, October 26, 2018
    Posted By: Nicholas Aversa

    Bought this for my girlfriend as an introductory knife for her and it's perfect. Think but durable and easy to keep sharp. Worth every penny


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    5  Outstanding Value, October 5, 2018
    Posted By: Blair Calvin - verified customer

    How Masutani can produce a Damascus santoku for this price is beyond me.
    Quite sharp out of the box and handles very well.
    5 stars.


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    5  really solid knife, December 20, 2017
    Posted By: eric - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    very good edge out of the box, tight fit and finish. Got this for a gift, though took it out for a test spin. Slightly softer vg10 made it easy to maintain the edge on a ceramic rod. I'd take this over a Shun or most big name vg10 blades

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