A good sized santoku, this beauty will stand out in any kitchen!

The Santoku blade shape will be new to a lot of Westerners but once you've used it you'll see that it make a lot of sense. Santoku literally translates to "3 uses" (slicing, dicing and mincing) which makes it a perfect all round choice and an essential in any kitchen. This Santoku is slightly longer than a lot of the Santokus we sell, coming in at 185mm but as far as we're concerned it's just more beautiful blade to admire!

Konosuke keep the actual steel used to make this knife a secret; what we do know is that it is stainless steel and has a stunning damascus finish created using the san mai technique. The ebony handle is made by Studio Khii who make all the handles for the Konosuke knives we sell. The handle feels wonderful and the fit and finish is very high quality.

The Oster Rob Santoku Saya fits this knife.

What we thought about this knife

We have personally tested and reviewed this knife to give you an honest and personal opinion about it and this is how it rates.

4 / 5Overall performance

Konosuke knives don't typically come screamingly sharp straight out of the box so a quick go on the stones or honing rod/strop before use will get them in tip top shape. Performance is great as with all Konosuke knives.

5 / 5Beauty

It's a full 5-5 for this knife, truly stunning in every way. The fit and finish is spot on and the incredible damascus cladding reveals different colours in the steel. The handle is a Khii Ebony octagonal which really sets the blade off nicely.

5 / 5Durability

This range is stainless steel so will keep looking and performing well without too much effort.

5 / 5Ease of care

Being a fully stainless knife these are really easy to care for knives. Obviously never put a knife in the dishwasher but as far as Japanese knives go they are a breeze.

5 / 5Comfort

The knife is on the light side for its size reducing fatigue if being used for a long time. The Khii handle feels very comfortable and the balance point is right at the pinch grip.

5 / 5Value for money

We believe that these knives are worth every penny, they truly are a work of art. Each knife is different and the workmanship and care taken is evident.

The technical bits

  • Blade length185mm(Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Blade width2mm(Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height46mm(Measured from blade heel to spine)
  • Total weight147 grams
  • Blade materialStainless cutting edge, laminated in Stainless
  • Hardness61:62HRC
  • Handle styleJapanese
  • Tang styleHalf
  • Left or right handedBoth

Our aim is to measure everything as accurately as possible but some specifications (such as hardness for example) are provided by the manufacturer and therefore should be used as a guide only.

What you get with the knife

A stylish black box, on the inside a grey stepped inlay where your knife blade is enveloped in a simple black card pouch.

All our knives also come with free blue plasters just in case you're not ready for the sharpness! If you intend to use your knives regularly then we don't advise you to use the boxes for day to day storage, get a magnetic knife rack instead.

Still need some advice choosing the right knife?

We want you to be happy that you're buying the right knife for your cooking needs so if you're not sure what you need, read our guide to buying the right knife. You can also check out the frequently asked questions or for anything else, contact us.