ZDP-189 Santoku in limited Damascus edition is now added to our ZDP-189 line of kitchen knives! Santoku shaped knives are intended for versatile use for chefs and home cooks who prefer a medium size multi-purpose knife, which is a little more veggie oriented. ZDP-189 steel knives with Damascus pattern are a rare breed. There aren't many of such knives available on the market, especially at this price point!
This extraordinary and uncommon Damascus pattern is made by various techniques, including drilling into the steel to get these circular shapes. Every piece has a unique pattern, making every knife a one-of-a-kind. A traditional Japanese handle made of durable rosewood was attached to the blade. Due to its asymmetrical D-shaped handle, it will fit best to right-handed users, but no worries, it can also be used if you are left-handed (the grip is not so distinct).
This santoku 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. See the photo story from our visit to their smithy in 2016.
The heart of the knife is made of ZDP-189 steel, selected because systematic testing has proven its superior qualities and long-lasting sharpness. The steel is laminated, meaning that the core is made of very strong steel and covered with an external layer of softer stainless steel. Such blade remains sharp for a very long time: its softer external layer makes it easier to sharpen, and it also protects the core steel from external factors.
The pure carbon content of ZDP-189 makes it one of the most edge retentive alloy in the knife industry. What makes the ZDP-189 steel remarkable is that it can be hardened up to HRC 65-67 without any problems of chipping. Manufacturing processes of this steel make it one of the toughest steels available on the market today. Serious users and professional chefs prefer to use knives made from ZDP-189 steel because of its superior cutting performance and longer edge retention.
The wooden knife sheath Santoku Saya, made of beech wood, was custom-made for this knife. Saya, which is sold separately protects the knife when we are not using it.
Blade shape: Santoku
Steel type: ZDP-189
Blade construction: Warikomi / convex v-edge / damascus
Hardness (HRC scale): 65-67
Overall length: 315mm (12.4")
Blade length: 180mm (7.1")
Blade height: 47mm (1.9")
Spine thickness: 2mm (0.08")
Weight: 135g (4.8 oz)
Handle length: 125mm (4.9")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Rosewood
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.
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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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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