Masashi Koi 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 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
Spine Thickness at Heel 3mm
Weight 138g
Steel Type VS1 Semi-stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness 60-62
Edge/Bevel Double (50/50)
Handle Wa (Japanese) Handle, Oval chestnut wood handle with black pakka wood collar
Blacksmith Masashi Yamamoto
Knife Line