Kuro-uchi Santoku Funayuki 155mm (6.1") - BLADE
- Knife Care
The blade of Kuro-uchi Santoku Funayuki 155mm knife from the Yoshida Hamono smithy is available without a handle. This is your chance to make your own handle or order it separately so you can create a one-of-a-kind knife that is perfectly suited to your taste and needs. The knife is also available with an oval handle made of magnolia wood.
Santoku Funayuki is a jack-of-all-trades in the kitchen and will excel at all types of chopping and slicing on the kitchen board; you might find it a touch short only for very large chunks of meat.
Compared to the basic Santoku knife shape, the spine of funayuki’s blade tapers towards the tip, creating a slight curve between the tip and the midsection. The standard shape of a santoku knife featuring a straight edge with a narrow sheep’s foot blade thus transforms into a blade that looks like a deba but is better suited to precision cutting, where you need really thin cuts (this makes it unsuitable for cutting through bones or making more robust cuts). As opposed to a forward and backward motion slicing technique that is characteristic of santoku knives, the curved belly requires a rocking back and forth motion. A pronounced tip and triangle design are perfect for cutting smaller pieces of meat and for filleting fish.
The word funayuki means “the boat (ocean) goes” and the knife was originally used on fishing boats, primarily as a lightweight fillet knife to test the quality of the catch, as well as to prepare meals at sea and perform a range of cleaning and prep jobs.
In short: funayuki blade is a superb hybrid between various traditional shapes of Japanese knives, such as gyuto, santoku and deba, which makes it a versatile, all-around knife for various tasks in the kitchen.
Yoshida Kuro-uchi series knives are traditional Japanese rustic knives. Its price is very affordable for the quality of a hand-forged knife. It is suitable for the first purchase of a traditional Japanese knife. The blade is forged in SUJ-2 steel, which offers incredible capacities, hardness is 63-64 HRC, and at the same time the knife is very easy to resharpen. The blade needs some extra care. After the use rinse it well and dry it. The name of kuro-uchi refers to the final look of the blade, which is unprocessed on the top and has already developed dark patina, which protects the blade.
ABOUT THE BLACKSMITH:
The knife is manufactured at the smithy of Yoshida Hamono in Japan, a family company with an age-long tradition in manufacturing state-of-the-art tools and Japanese swords, i.e. katanas, by hand. Yoshida Hamono has a great deal of experience forging ZDP-189 steel in the traditional manner.
Blade shape: Santoku
Steel type: SUJ-2
Blade construction: San-mai / convex v-edge / kuro-uchi
Hardness (HRC scale): 63-64
Blade length: 155mm (6.1")
Blade height: 47mm (1.8")
Spine thickness: 2.0mm (0.09")
Recommended handle size: no handle
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Yoshida Hamono
Location of the smithy: SAGA / Saga Prefektura / 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.
☝️ THIS KNIFE MAY DEVELOP PATINA
Knives made of carbon steels can, due to their low chromium (Cr) content, discolor and develop patina. The knife is the most sensitive when it is still new and a patina had not developed yet, but later, patina will protect the blade. These types of knives require a touch more care:
✔ Wipe it regularly with a clean and dry cloth (you can also do this during use).
✔ After use, rinse it with lukewarm water and wipe it dry.
✔ Coat it regularly with knife maintenance oil or plain refined sunflower oil.
✔ Store the knife by wrapping it in paper which will absorb moisture and protect the blade.
A patina is a thin layer that forms on the surface of oxidized steel and protects it from further oxidation. The patina should not be confused with rust. Patina protects the blade, while rust causes corrosion and deterioration of material, so it should be removed (see Rust erasers).
→ For in-depth information about patina, read our dedicated post on patina.
GENERAL KNIFE CARE TIPS:
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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Knife handles 👇
This blade can be paired with our traditional custom-made maple burl handles
select your favorite
→ TOKYO NIGHT reminds us of the flashing lights of Tokyo’s Harajuku. The color of these handles varies from light to dark grey, with soft or deep hues of red and swirls of cream.
→ OKINAWA REEF transports you to the clear waters of Okinawa island. A soothing, emerald green color. It feels like immersing your hand in shimmering coastal waters during summer.
→ KYOTO SUNSET warms us with the glow of sunset over Kyoto. 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.
→ TOTTORI SAND takes us on a walk across the Tottori dunes of western Japan. A sandy brown color is inspired by the infinitely swirly sand dunes.
→ NIKKO MOSS remind us of the ancient moss covering the stone walls of the old temples of Nikko. It is not unlike holding a soft piece of velvet in your hand.
If you like a particular color hue, please contact us before placing an order.
Handle Fitting service
Add Handle Fitting service to your cart when you order a blade (knife without a handle) and a custom handle from us and want us to install the handle on the blade for you.
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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