This stunning range of stainless suminagashi knives from Japan have a 33 layer (16-1-16) laminated construction with a core layer of VG10 high carbon stainless steel. The full-tang triple riveted handles are made from black pakkawood, a high quality resin stabilised laminate with excellent heat and water resistance.
The santoku knife is not a traditional Japanese blade shape, but it is the worlds best selling knife. It was developed in Japan in the 1930s as a fusion of the best qualities of western and Japanese knives.
The name santoku translates as ‘three virtues’ – light, sharp and versatile, it is a double bevelled knife designed to cut meat, fish and vegetables equally well.
The edge retention, balance and geometry of these knives are absolutely gorgeous. I wouldn’t dream of putting a knife of this quality in a dishwasher, but if they are left wet or immersed in the sink no harm will come to them.
- Core Steel: VG10 1% Carbon, 15% Chromium, 1% Molybdenum, 0.2% Vanadium, 1.5% Cobalt, 0.5% Manganese.
- Body Steel: SUS-0410
- Double bevel
Japanese knives have thinner blades and harder edge steel than western knives, they are absolutely exquisite to use but require slightly different care.
Always use a wooden or bamboo chopping board.
Never sharpen a Japanese knife on a steel or pull through sharpener with steel disc, instead use a fine waterstone, ceramic stone or a strop.
Never use a Japanese knife to cut bones or frozen food
Japanese knives are designed to slice or mince food, they should never be used with a chopping action like a cleaver.