This is a beautiful knife hand-made by Katsushige Anryu (the same blacksmith who makes the Masakage Kumo range), and with a carbon core and stainless steel cladding it's easy to care for.

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

Easy to sharpen, holds a keen edge and performs well.

5 / 5Beauty

This is a beautiful knife, the hammered finish combined with the dark handle make this a stunning addition to your knife rack.

4 / 5Durability

As with all Japanese knives, 

4 / 5Ease of care

Use, wipe, dry and store. Our golden mantra on knife care is all you really need to follow. Using a ceramic sharpening rod every few weeks to keep that edge super keen and a yearly whetstone session (don't worry we'll show you how to do it) and you are done. A Hitachi Aogami #2 core, clad with stainless steel means this is fairly easy to care for.

5 / 5Comfort

Great balance point and a comfortable oval handle.

5 / 5Value for money

Their ability to hold a great edge coupled with easier sharpening than say the Aogami Blue Super steel means that these knives represent excellent value for money.

The technical bits

  • Blade length170mm(Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Blade width4mm(Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height46mm(Measured from blade heel to spine)
  • Total weight147 grams
  • Handle style

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 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.