Mutsumi Hinoura W2 Kurouchi 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.

Knife Shape Santoku
Blade Length 165mm
Steel Type #2 Shirogami (White Carbon Steel)
Rockwell Hardness 61:63
Handle Wa (Japanese) Handle, Oval Chestnut wood handle with water buffalo horn collar
Blacksmith/Maker Mutsumi Hinoura

About Mutsumi Hinoura: Mutsumi Hinoura is the son of renowned blacksmith, Tsukasa Hinoura. In his late thirties he is already considered one of Japan’s most revered blacksmiths, and the 4th generation to carry on the craft. Mutsumi San lives in Sanjo, in the Niigata region. This area is known for its handmade cutlery. For nearly 2 decades he studied with his father. In 2001, he graduated from Niigata College of Engineering. From there he began his career and honing his craft to produce steel with traditional style and modern performance. He works under the family brand, Ajikataya (味方屋), which specialize in producing traditional Japanese hatchets and other bladed tools.