Harukaze Santoku VG-1 180mm (7.1")
We are very happy to be able to introduce this new line to Japanese knives aficionados across the world! The minimalism and subtlety of design is what first drew us to this collection made in Harukaze smithy.
Santoku knife is a versatile kitchen knife that will shine through all kinds of chopping and cutting on the kitchen board. Meat lovers will only miss a little bit of length with larger pieces of meat. Did you know that the word santoku means “knife of three virtues” in Japanese? The word san is number three, meaning that it can be used to prepare vegetables, fish, and meat.
This 180mm (7.1”) Santoku's blade, at just 2.3mm (0.09”), is among the thinnest we have in our range. The knife has an immaculate “out of the box” sharpness, laser-thin spine of the blade, good balance and offers a lightweight feeling while in use.
VG-1 steel is synonymous with efficiency and durability and is extremely easy to maintain as the blade is completely stainless. Unlike other knives, this knife is not laminated and is made entirely of one steel, being of so-called “monosteel” construction.
The blade is minimalistic with a polished surface and an engraved signature by the master on the right side. The handle (traditional Japanese Wa) is oval and smooth, with no discernible transition between the walnut and maple wood. It’s suitable for both left- and right-handed users.
Where the blade meets the handle, you may notice a special feature called Machi spacing. This is a small gap between the lower part of the blade and the handle, which can be seen mostly in Yanagiba knives. It is a feature that pays tribute to Japanese swords and is typical mostly in the work of blacksmiths located in and around the Tokyo area. So don't worry, it is not a flaw in assembly of the blade and the handle, but rather a homage to Japanese forging tradition that could be displayed on a magnet right there on your kitchen wall. :)
Suitable for first-time buyers of a Japanese kitchen knife. It can also serve as a wonderful gift!
In Japanese the word Harukaze means “a windy spring”. This smithy is famous for the best quality traditional steel used for the core of the blade, coupled with stainless outer layers and elegant wooden handles.
Blade shape: Santoku
Steel type: VG-1
Blade construction: Monosteel / full hamaguri convex / migaki
Hardness (HRC scale): 58-61
Overall length: 328mm (12.9”)
Blade length: 180mm (7.1”)
Blade height: 46mm (1.8”)
Spine thickness: 2.3mm (0.09”)
Weight: 120g (4.2 oz)
Handle length: 128mm (5")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Walnut, Maple
Kanji on the blade:
Location of the smithy: TOSA / Kōchi Prefecture / Japan
☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.
Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:
✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
✔ Use a magnetic rack, knife blocks, or use protective knife sheath (saya).
✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.
❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
❗️Knife is a tool intended for specific use - cutting food. It is not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc.
→ For more details, read our guide
on Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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Our return policy lasts 30 days. If more than 30 days have gone by since the day you received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
Each knife comes with:
✔️ Instructions and knife care leaflet.
✔️ A preventive Band-Aid – the knives are very sharp! 😉
✔️ Original box from the blacksmith, which we wrap in an old Japanese newspaper sheet – so every knife is ready to be passed on as a gift as soon as it hits your doorstep!
✔️ We also offer a special gift wrapping option with the traditional Japanese washi paper.
Still doubting which type of Japanese knife should best fit your needs? We created a quick, 5-steps quiz to help you find the perfect knife based on your cooking skills and the type of food you prepare.