Kisuke ATS-34 Tsuchime Santoku 165mm

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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 Manaka Hamono - Shunsuke Manaka is a relatively young blacksmith in Kasukabe, Saitama pref. He is 3rd generation knife maker in the area. His father-in-law became almost a wholesaler instead of blacksmithing. He didn’t like the way his father-in-law operates his business, so he decided to be a blacksmith. He didn’t have anyone who could teach him but fortunately he had a buncu of equipment that he inherited (spring hammer, sharpening wheel etc.). He began making knives about 10 years ago. With many years of struggle and learning, he attained the technique to forge-weld in house even stainless steels. Now he forge-weld everything in house including Carbon/soft steel, Stainless/stainless steel and carbon/stainless steel. He learnt quite a bit of heat treatment including sub-zero heat treatment for stainless steel. He likes ATS-34 stainless steel (Hitachi made Stanless steel pretty popular steel among custom knife makers in Japan). He also forges ZDP-189 as well as VANADIS 4 Extra.

Knife Shape Santoku
Blade Length 165mm
Steel Type ATS-34
Rockwell Hardness 59:61
Handle Wa (Japanese) Handle, Oval Chestnut wood handle with water buffalo horn collar
Blacksmith/Maker Manaka Hamono