Lovely to look at and thanks to it's lightweight construction the Shimo is one of our new favourites in the kitchen. It certainly stands out on the rack thanks to that unique frost pattern!

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.

5 / 5Overall performance

Top notch performance as you'd expect from a knife of this level, the Shirogami #2 steel keeps its edge very well and the thin blade runs through various food types very easily and consistently.

5 / 5Beauty

There's no doubt this is a lovely knife. "Shimo" represents a design of frost on a window and indeed the blacksmith Kurosaki san even created a custom X shaped hammer to create the unique shape on the blade.

The overall matt finish matched with the very light octagonal magnolia handle and black pakka wood collar combine nicely overall.

5 / 5Durability

The hard blade will keep its edge for a long time and last longer between sharpening than many other knives although as it's a thin cutting edge there's a compromise to be struck between that sharpness and cutting with care and attention.

3 / 5Ease of care

The Shimo is not a stainless knife and if not kept dry between uses it will develop a yellow patina across the blade. This doesn't affect the use of the knife but it is a consideration, if this concerns you then maybe look for a knife that is clad in stainless steel.

5 / 5Comfort

Light, thin and comfortable with a range of jobs, we had no concerns about using this for a range of tasks.

4 / 5Value for money

In our opinion the Shimo represents a great balance between quality, looks and price so is a great investment if it's your first Japanese knife but is also perfectly at home in experienced hands that want something that stands out in a collection. 

The technical bits

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

Beautiful blue fibre boxes with the Masakage logo and name in silver foil on the lid. On the inside you will find a blue stepped inlay and your beautiful knife of course, wrapped in Japanese newspaper by the craftsmen who made it.

So while not working on your knife skills you can catch up your Japanese language skills. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving...

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.

What is a Santuko style knife?

Looking like a small chef's knife, the Santoku (san-too-koo) is a Japanese knife used for chopping vegetables and meats. It's possible it might become your new favourite knife.

You can read more about Santuko knives if we've got you interested in them.

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.