We have just begun carrying a new line of knives made by a fairly large OEM producer based in Tosa, Japan. We have included several different steel types in this lineup of mid-priced kitchen knives.
The SRS13 Western Santoku 185mm is one of several made with this outstanding PM steel. SRS13 is a powdered metallurgical steel that is being utilized more and more by kitchen knife makers. It is a durable alloy that boasts high wear resistance and an ability to take a very acute edge. The core (hagane) is clad with a softer stainless steel in the san-mai style. These knives are made from pre-clad billets and laser cut to shape. The core SRS13 is hardened to 62+ HRC.
Over the past few years Westerners have become big users of these short yet sturdy knives. The most notable design feature of the santoku
is its geometry, which incorporates a sheep’s foot-shaped tip. The design draws the spine 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 is a great choice for push-cutting style users.
A comfortable and durable Western style black pakka wood handle blends well with the stainless steel bolster and three stainless pins.
Location: Tosa, Japan
Construction: Laser Cut San Mai
Edge Length: 185mm
Blade Height: 45mm
Weight: 180g / 6.4oz
Spine Thickness: 2mm
Overall Length: 305mm
Edge Grind: Even (see choil photo)
Edge Steel: SRS13 Semi Stainless Steel
Cladding: Stainless Steel
Engraving: Hand Engraved