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Makoto White #2 Santoku 170mm
Makoto White #2 Santoku 170mm Makoto White #2 Santoku 170mmMakoto White #2 Santoku 170mm
Makoto White #2 Santoku 170mm Makoto White #2 Santoku 170mmMakoto White #2 Santoku 170mm

Makoto White #2 Santoku 170mm

Item #: MW2-S170

Average Customer Rating:
(5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews)

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Our Price: $155.00
This is a new line of knives that we are having made for us by Makoto Kurosaki. Makoto and his younger brother, Yu, apprenticed under the watchful eye of notable blacksmith, Hiroshi Kato. In fact Makoto still works for Kato-san some of the time, while also sharing time with his brother in the new shop he has established in Echizen.

So far we have received two styles of knife from him. This santoku is a 170mm blade which features Hitachi White Paper #2 as its core steel. It is a hammer forged san-mai construction with a great looking kurouchi finish. One of the things that really captured our attention is the superior grinds with which Makoto Kurosaki has endowed these blades. They are as good as we have seen on knives costing far more than the price of these examples.

Santoku knives are general purpose chef-type blades capable of cutting and chopping most ingredients. They get their name from the Japanese translation of “three virtues.” It refers to the three cutting techniques of slicing, dicing, and mincing. The blade has a flat edge that slopes up into a sheep-foot tip. This geometry results in a shorter, lighter, and thinner knife than a standard chef or gyuto type.

The well-made blade is coupled to a very nicely finished rosewood octagonal handle with a black pakka wood ferrule. The looks, fit, and finish belie the price that this knife sells for. Be prepared to see more great additions to the Makoto line in the future.

  • Brand: Makoto
  • Blacksmith: Makoto Kurosaki
  • Location: Echizen, Japan
  • Construction: San Mai
  • Method: Hammer Forged
  • Quenching: Water Quenched
  • HRC: 62+-
  • Finish: Kurouchi
  • Edge Steel: Shirogami #2 (White #2)
  • Cladding: Stainless Steel
  • Handle: Rosewood Octagonal
  • Ferrule: Black Pakkawood
  • Edge Length: 170mm
  • Height: 47mm
  • Edge Grind: Even (See Choil Photo)
  • Weight: 4.8oz

  • Customer Reviews


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      Joy to use!, June 21, 2020
    Posted By: Lan - verified customer

    This gorgeous knife just glides through food. It's light and well-balanced and had a nice edge out of the package.

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      Nice santoku , March 8, 2018
    Posted By: Patrick Shea - verified customer

    I had been using a kanetsune in super blue and this blows it away! Flies though produce and is just a beauty to boot. Love the grinds and the figure in the handle.

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      A beauty, January 16, 2018
    Posted By: Paul Heagen - verified customer

    I appreciate the person at Chef Knives To Go who recommended this. It is just a perfect balance of physical beauty, workmanship and functionality -- without compromising any of those three. The grind alone speaks of its quality. I turned it up on a 6000 whetstone and I can slice potatoes to see-through paper thin with ease yet it is not afraid to find a path through a tough butternut squash. This knife is a GREAT value. Cld easily be priced at $200.

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