Yoshimi Kato makes knives for several leading brands including Masakage and Kanehiro. This new line is the first to bear his name. As always, we are very impressed with his quality of grinds, fit, and finish. The overall aesthetic appeal is quite stunning, especially in the case of this new range. They are made from the advanced Powdered Stainless Steel, SG2, which is known for its great edge taking and holding characteristics.
This is an amazing steel for kitchen knives as it can be heat treated to a high rating. The result is a blade that is easy to use and to sharpen. It holds a sharp edge and is very durable. The inner core of R-2 is then covered in a multi-layer damascus cladding made from a soft stainless steel. These are really easy knives to maintain.
The santoku featured here is of average size at 165mm with a blade height of 46mm. These knives really are great all-arounders. Their compact size belies their many abilities. In fact, they are starting to replace gyutos and chef knives in many kitchens and knife rolls.
The stunning blade is matched to a semi-custom handle made from ebony with a dyed pakka wood ferrule.