Kawamura Santoku Damascus 180mm (7.1") [Chestnut]

Sakai Kikumori

Kawamura Santoku Damascus 180mm (7.1") [Chestnut]


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Kawamura Santoku Damascus is a multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife and will serve all those looking for an agile knife with a slight emphasis on vegetable preparation. Santoku knives are the most commonly used knives in Japanese home kitchens and have in recent years conquered the rest of the world too.

The hand-forged blade is laminated using the san mai method (see article Blade Construction: Lamination for more) from 45 layers, the core is made out of stainless AUS-10 steel (making maintenance a breeze) and wrapped in layers of Damascus steel. The top part of the blade is adorned with hammer prints (also called tsuchime - see article Blade Construction: Blade Finish for more), which are not just aesthetically pleasing but also prevent the food from sticking to the blade.

The blade is double bevel (for explanation read the Blade Construction: Geometry article) and sharpened symmetrically (50/50). It's fitted with a traditional octagonal Japanese (wa) handle, made out of burnt chestnut wood with a buffalo horn ferrule, giving the whole knife a bit of a rustic look.

To sum it up - if you’re looking for a versatile kitchen knife that delivers in the looks department and is easy to take care of, you might have found the right candidate. Due to its visual characteristics, it screams Japan and would as such make for an excellent present for a loved one who likes to cook and enjoys everything Japan.

About the blacksmith:

Sakai Kikumori has been producing kitchen knives with skilled craftsmen since 1925. The chef's culture has been supported by the creation of traditional knives in Sakai, a town known as the home of kitchen cutlery in Japan. Kikumori smithy is considered one of the best knife makers in the region.


Blade shape: Santoku
Steel type: AUS-10
Hardness (HRC scale): 58-60
Overall length: 320mm (12.6")
Blade length:
180mm (7.1")
Blade height:
45mm (1.8")
Spine thickness: 2.1mm (0.08")
Weight: 130g (4.6 oz)
Handle length: 127mm (5.0")
Handle type / wood:
Japanese / Chestnut
Blacksmith: Sakai Kikumori


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.

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.

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