Custom Hokiyama Santoku Ginsanko 165mm (6.5")
Custom Hokiyama Santoku Ginsanko 165mm (6.5")
Custom Hokiyama Santoku Ginsanko 165mm (6.5")
Custom Hokiyama Santoku Ginsanko 165mm (6.5")
Custom Hokiyama Santoku Ginsanko 165mm (6.5")
Custom Hokiyama Santoku Ginsanko 165mm (6.5")
Custom Hokiyama Santoku Ginsanko 165mm (6.5")
Custom Hokiyama Santoku Ginsanko 165mm (6.5")
€ 180.00

Custom Hokiyama Santoku Ginsanko 165mm (6.5")

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Hokiyama Santoku Ginsanko 165mm (6.5") blade paired with our brand new SharpEdge stabilized wood handles in grey/orange/emerald green. 

Hokiyama Santoku Ginsanko in 165mm (6.5") blade length is a multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife, mostly suitable for use in home kitchens. Santoku knives are the most commonly used knives in Japanese home kitchens and have in recent years conquered the rest of the world too. This santoku by Hokiyama will serve all those looking for a smaller and versatile knife with a little more emphasis on vegetable preparation. The knife will shine with all kinds of chopping and cutting on the cutting board, but it will run out of blade length for larger cuts of meat.

Beautiful and unique hammer dents were left unpolished on the top part of the blade. At the bottom of the blade we can see a very pronounced, curvy line that goes along the entire length of the blade. This is the line between the core and the two softer, outer layers of steel that serve as additional protection of the core steel. Such sandwich of the harder core steel and softer outer steels is called san-mai clad, most of today's Japanese knives are made this way. The heart of this santoku is made of Hitachi's Silver III steel, also named Ginsan steel or Ginsanko, which was hardened to around 63 HRC. Due to its high content of Chromium (Cr), Ginsan steel will resist corrosion very well.

We paired this Santoku blade with our new custom maple burl handles in three different colors:

→ KYOTO SUNSET: Traditional Japanese handle with a modern twist in an orange color named Kyoto Sunset. It feels like holding something smooth and warm in your hand – a glow in the sky at sunset or a burst of bright autumn color.
TOKYO NIGHT:
Traditional Japanese handle with a modern twist in a dark color named Tokyo Night. The color of these handles varies from light to dark grey with soft or deep hues of red and swirls of cream. If you like a particular hue, please contact us before placing an order.   
OKINAWA REEF:
Traditional Japanese handle with a modern twist in a soothing, emerald green color named Okinawa Reef. It feels like immersing your hand in shimmering coastal waters during summer.

We choose a universal, octagonal shape that comfortably fits the hands of both right- and left-hand users. It offers a firm grip for easy and comfortable use of the knife and makes even the most difficult tasks a breeze. The weight of the handle is suited to Japanese blades, so the knife will be evenly balanced.  

Handles are made of natural maple wood harvested in North China, Russia and the USA. It undergoes a special procedure of stabilization with resin, which ensures a very long service life of the handle. During this process of stabilization, a color pigment is added and is then absorbed in the wood fibres. After the final treatment and polishing, the handle reveals the grain of the wood. For the handles, blocks of maple with irregular and non-uniform structure are used, thus the dyes penetrate the wood in different ways, creating unique patterns. This makes every handle one-of-a-kind. 

Color and patterns of handles may vary from what is seen in the pictures. If you like a particular color hue, please contact us before placing an order.

Suitable for first-time buyers of a Japanese kitchen knife. It can also serve as a wonderful gift!

About Hokiyama:

Hokiyama Hamono is a leading smithy in Kochi Prefecture in Japan. They have recently celebrated their 100-year anniversary, founded in 1919. Hokiyama Hamono is known for their quality as they follow the tradition of hand-made blades that has been around for over 800 years. They retain the handiwork and traditional craftsmanship that is passed down from generation to generation while striving for the ever-new knowledge and innovation. Despite the fact that they make knives according to the traditional methods, they follow the modern technological guidelines in the field of metallurgy, material processing and innovations in production processes. Hokiyama, in their own words, is a fusion of tradition (土佐 一), innovation (無限) and practicality (左近).

Specifications:

Blade shape: Santoku
Steel type: Ginsan (Silver III)
Hardness (HRC scale): 63
Blade length:
165mm (6.5")
Blade height:
46mm (1.8")
Spine thickness: 2.0mm (0.08")
Blacksmith: Hokiyama


Use & Care:

  • Handwash in warm water and towel dry
  • Use a sharpening stone (not a honing steel!) to sharpen your knife
  • Do not cut frozen foods and meat bones
  • Do not put the knife in a dishwasher
  • Read our comprehensive guide on proper Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.

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