Our newest range and our third by Kurosaki san. These knives are just wow; incredible to use and to look at, they will be the talking point in your 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.

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

Incredibly sharp, the blade is made up of R2 powdered steel sandwiched between a hammered stainless steel cladding. The R2 steel is very highly regarded, has excellent wear resistance and a high edge retention. This combined means it is incredibly easy to sharpen.

5 / 5Beauty

Yu Kurosaki makes knives that really stand out. These truly have the wow factor with their unique hammered and highly polished finish. A knife rack filled with this range would be a sight to behold!

4 / 5Durability

Japanese blades are all about sharpness and the ability to cut. To achieve that they are always thinner than most Western knives. As a result a little extra care is needed with them. That said they are more than up to the job of working in any kitchen be it pro or home.

4 / 5Ease of care

R2 powdered steel is a stainless steel so you need do no more than use, wipe, dry and store! The handle being wood should not be immersed in water. Job done.

4 / 5Comfort

The octagonal handle we know well from many Japanese knives is very comfortable and the blacksmith has taken the time round off all the parts where your fingers may touch if using a pinch grip. Lightweight and with a good balance point you will use less effort when cutting for long periods.

5 / 5Value for money

The combination of the outstanding blade and the build quality from Yu Kurosaki means we believe these knives are great value for money.

The technical bits

  • Blade length170mm(Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length315mm(Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width3mm(Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height47mm(Measured from blade heel to spine)
  • Total weight134 grams
  • Blade materialPowder cutting edge, laminated in StainlessThis knife steel has some special care instructions, learn more.
  • 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

Beautiful dark grey fibre boxes with the name in gold foil on the lid. On the inside you will find a red 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 on 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.