Anryu Shiro Santoku

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Anryu Shiro Santoku Purchase options

This santoku is made from Shirogami #2 high carbon steel clad in a multi-layer soft iron outer; it is finished with a rosewood oval handle with black pakka wood ferrule. It will react but it has the typical kurouchi (or blacksmith) finish which will help protect the knife, although not completely! Get used to wiping after use and that should help!

Shirogami, or white #2 is a very popular alloy in knife making and takes a skilful blacksmith to work with it, it is capable of an incredibly sharp edge but doesn't quite have the edge retention of other steels such as super blue or ZDP-189. It is however really easy to sharpen which makes it a good steel to buy if you want a knife that is a bit easier to look after.

Performance

You will be able to achieve a really fine, sharp edge with white #2 steel, it won't hold its edge as long as some other steels but for most people who aren't prepping veg all day you won't really notice, just give it a hone when you feel the edge going and that will keep the edge in tip top condition.

Ease of care

White #2 steel is really easy to sharpen so maintaining it should be a breeze. This being a reactive knife you will need to wipe and dry carefully after each use though and over time a patina will develop.

Technical details

  • Blade Length: 173mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 314mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width: 4mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height: 46mm Heel to spine
  • Total weight: 144 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Soft Iron
  • Steel Type - Cutting edge: White #2
  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 61 HRC
  • Handle style: Japanese
  • This knife contains steel that has some special care instructions – learn more.

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

A beautiful midnight blue box with Anryu San's signature in silver on the top, inside is a soft stepped velvety interior, the blade is wrapped in a single sheet of paper and is held safely with a block of foam.

Blacksmith Profile

Katsushige Anryu

Knife making is in Anryu-san's blood. A fourth generation knife maker and has been working as a blacksmith for well over 50 years.

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