About the Shape - Santoku means 'Three Virtues' or 'To solve Three Problems'. The three virtues are meat, fish and vegetables, or slicing, dicing and mincing depending on your interpretation. This means that the Santoku is an all-around knife, suitable for the amateur home cook and the professional chef alike. The heigh means good clearance for big hands, while the relatively short blade can be wielded by anyone.
About Katsushige Anryu - “Iron is alive,” he says. “It can live and it can die, depending on the blacksmith.” Anryu san’s 6+ decade career has given him an incredible understanding of steel, and makes him one of the most prolific blacksmiths in his region. He is rightfully proud of being one of the founders of Takefu Knife Village.
Anryu san sticks to tradition when it works to his benefit, but is not afraid to introduce new techniques and steels if they can improve his knives. Despite being born in 1940, Anryu san continues to work hard, innovate, and pass his skills along to young blacksmiths.