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.
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 make shim 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.