Kurosaki Santoku Kuro-uchi 165mm (6.5")
- Knife Care
Yu Kurosaki's Santoku Kuro-uchi 165mm features incredible sharpness and unique design. Santoku knife is primarily intended for cutting vegetables, fish and meat - a multi-purpose kitchen knife.
The core of the knife is Aogami Super steel (one of the most regarded high-carbon steels), clad in two layers of softer layers of stainless steel (called san-mai clad). This is a great combination of two different types of steel - the outer layers will protect the blade from developing rust, and at the same time, we have top-notch steel for the cutting edge. Advantages of Aogami Super steel are a very fine, gentle sharpness, it is easy to sharpen, and remains sharp for a long time. The lower part of the blade where Aogami Super steel is exposed will develop some patina after time, so we recommend oiling the blade regularly in order to prevent the development of rust.
The Kuro-uchi finish, the untreated upper part of the blade has an already-developed dark patina which protects the blade and gives it a traditional Japanese look. Hammer dents on the blade add a wonderful finish and at the same time prevent food from sticking to the blade. The octagon-shaped traditional Japanese handle is made of rosewood, while the ferrule is made of black pakka wood.
The interesting pattern of water droplets on the blade, produced by hammers' imprints, is a trademark of Kurosaki's knives, which we recommend for anyone looking for a special, rare and super sharp kitchen knife! Yu Kurosaki's knives are definitely our most exclusive knives in our shop, and we are very happy to have them in (limited) stock.
About Yu Kurosaki:
Yu Kurosaki is a young, talented master blacksmith, located in Takefu Knife Village, close to the city of Echizen. His knives are well known in Japan and around the world for their beautiful, special-looking design and great quality. Hammer's dents on the blade are his unique signature, and like snowflakes, not a single dent is alike. Needless to say (but we will say it anyway), his knives not only look great, they are made of high-quality steels and come with a razor sharp, long-lasting edge.
Before opening his own smithy, Kurosaki-san was the apprentice of Hiroshi Kato, a master blacksmith with more than 50 years of knife making experience. Kato-san is one of the founders of the Takefu Knife Village, where now more than 10 master blacksmiths make handmade knives on display for visitors to observe and learn more about their craft. Kurosaki-san is the youngest blacksmith to be granted the title of Master Nokaji by Takefu Knife Village Association and is the senior teacher there.
☝️When you visit Japan, make sure to put the Takefu Knife Village to your itinerary!
Here's a short video of Kurosaki's workshop:
Blade shape: Santoku
Steel type: Aogami Super
Blade construction: San-mai / hollow grind V-edge / tsuchime & kuro-uchi
Hardness (HRC scale): 62-63
Overall length: 310mm (12.2")
Blade length: 165mm (6.5")
Blade height: 41mm (1.6")
Spine thickness: 2.3mm (0.09")
Weight: 130g (4.5 oz)
Handle length: 125mm (4.9")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Rosewood
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Yu Kurosaki
Location of the smithy: ECHIZEN - TAKEFU KNIFE VILLAGE / Fukui 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.
☝️ 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.
❗️A knife is a tool intended for specific use: it’s not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc. Kitchen knives are meant for preparing food.
→ 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.
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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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