Kisuke Manaka Shirogami 2 Honwarikomi Kurouchi Tsuchime Santoku 165mm

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 -Kisuke Manaka is a relatively young, 5th generation, blacksmith in Kasukabe, Saitama pref. Manaka-san didn’t like the dishonest way his father-in-law operated his business so he decided to become a blacksmith himself. He began making knives from scratch about 10 years ago, with nothing but a workshop full of equipment and no mentor. He is completely self-taught, yet he mastered techniques to forge-weld steels in house, even forge welding stainless steel which is no easy task.
Now he forge-welds everything in house, from hard carbon steel clad with soft steel, stainless steel clad with stainless, and carbon steel clad with stainless steel. The ATS-34 steel used in these knives is forge-welded in house by Manaka-san. While mostly stainless, it is more durable and keeps an edge better than many comparable steels. It will patina very slowly, so don't leave it dirty overnight!

Knife Shape Santoku
Blade Length 165mm
Blade Height
Spine Thickness at Heel
Weight
Steel Type Shirogami #2 (White Carbon Steel)core with Carbon Steel Cladding
Rockwell Hardness 61-63
Edge/Bevel Double (50/50)
Handle Wa (Japanese) Handle, Walnut Octagon wood handle with Black Pakka wood collar
Blacksmith Manaka Hamono