Masashi Koi Santoku 165mm

The Masashi VS1 Santoku has a hand hammered finish intended to look like fish scales, but we sometimes like to think of them as dragon scales. Because we’re dorks that way. This serpentine beast of a knife lays patiently awaiting a chance to lay waste to your dinner prep. 

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 Masashi Koi -Masashi-san makes a beautifully polished and crazy sharp blade, working entirely by himself hand-forging, sharpening, and putting on the handles. He’s also a bit of a risk taker, forging knives in his flip-flops and lighting cigarettes off white-hot knife steel. Bad. Ass. The hammer-finished Koi series is named for the koi fish, which inspired the pattern on this knife. Semi stainless VS1 steel allows this knife to cut like carbon steel and slowly develop a patina, but not rust as quickly as carbon steel. These are perfect for young chefs and home cooks alike!


Knife Shape Santoku
Blade Length 165mm
Blade Height 51mm
Weight 138g
Spine Thickness at Heel 3mm
Steel Type VS1 Semi-Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness 60-62
Edge/Bevel Double (50/50)
Handle Wa (Japanese) Handle, Chestnut wood handle with black pakka wood collar
Blacksmith Masashi Yamamoto
Knife Line Masashi Koi
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