Seriously. Look at this blade. Hinoura-san is a true artist. When we talk about Damascus steel this is the real deal, hand-folded steel and twisted to give his distinctive look. Turn the blade in your hand and see how the Damascus pattern twists around the blade making a unique pattern on each side. He is the only blacksmith to win the award for top knife two years in a row at the Seki custom knife show. Both times were for this River Jump pattern one year was a kitchen knife and one year a hunting knife. Perfect for those who love art.
About the Shape - This is also a multi-purpose knife, but with a slight vegetable bias. Santoku means 'Three Virtues' or 'To solve Three Problems'. The virtues or problems are slicing, dicing and mincing. Santoku is usually found in 160mm - 190mm lengths. These are more and more popular in Western kitchens due to the unique shape and smaller easy to handle size.