Fujimoto knives are all hand-forged by master craftsmen in the city of Sanjo. Each craftsman has a specific skill, so they knives are made in a more practical production environment. This means that Fujimoto knives are some of the most technically consistent, reliable and affordable hand-crafted blades that you can buy. They have all of the benefits and romance of a hand-crafted knife, with the perfection of someone who has been mastering a single skillset for years, if not decades.
The Fujimoto Nashiji achieves a great balance in knife making. The Aogami #2 (#2 blue Steel) carbon steel core of the blade has been clad (or wrapped) in stainless steel. You get all of the cutting benefits of the hard carbon steel, but with reduced maintenance.
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.