Kawamura Santoku Damascus 180mm (7.1") [Chestnut]
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 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), which are not just aesthetically pleasing but also prevent the food from sticking to the blade.
The blade is double bevel (for explanation read this 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
Blade construction: San-mai / Damascus & tsuchime
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
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Sakai Kikumori
Location of the smithy: SAKAI / Osaka 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.
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