Sakai Takayuki Homura by Itsuo Doi Kengata Santoku 195mm

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 the Maker - Sakai Takayuki is well-known as the largest knife maker in Sakai. The company hosts a number of blacksmiths and craftsmen who work together to create a huge array of knives. The most famous blacksmith at the company is Itsuo Doi - they have built a factory for him to work in and produce his art. 

Ituso Doi-san is the son of a legendary blacksmith Keijiro Doi, who perfected the technique of forge-welding steel at the lowest temperature possible and passed it down to his son.This technique means that the carbon steel will not lose much of its carbon during the forge-welding process, which allows him to make a knife that is protected by soft steel, without sacrificing the hardness of the core steel.

Originally Doi-san specialized in single-bevel knives, but Sakai Takayuki (the knife brand that represents Doi-san) convinced him to make double-beveled knives. These babies have all of the precision and classic design of a single bevel knife, combined with the function of a double-bevel blade.

Knife Shape Kengata Gyuto
Blade Length 195mm
Steel Type
#2 Aogami (Blue carbon) core with carbon steel cladding
Rockwell Hardness 61:63
Handle Wa (Japanese) Handle, Octagon Ebony wood handle with buffalo horn collar
Blacksmith Itsuo Doi

About Sakai Takayuki - Sakai Takayuki is well-known as the largest knife maker in Sakai. The company hosts a number of blacksmiths and craftsmen who work together to create a huge array of knives. Although the Sakai region traditionally specializes in single-bevel blades, Sakai Takayuki makes many different shapes.
The most famous blacksmith at the company is Itsuo Doi - they have built a factory for him to work in and produce his art. The collective is also host to the knife-sharpening Yamatsuka family.

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