Carbon Steel (Reactive)

Carbon steels are widely used in Japanese chef knives because they can be hardened to a high level which helps with edge retention but carbon steel reacts with the chemicals, acids and moisture in your food as you prepare it and develops a patina over time and the appearance of your knife can therefore change with use. 

It's a normal property of carbon steel as it reacts to the air and the chemicals you expose it to in the food you cut. This patina is unique to every blade and gives your knife a little character. Just need to follow our carbon steel care tips to get the most out of your carbon steel knife.

Carbon steel knives can vary in reactivity from mild reactions along just the cutting edge to fully reactive blades with reactive cladding steel.


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Mini SK5 Higonokami
Mini SK5 Higonokami
£16.50
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Kiridashi Craft Knife
Kiridashi Craft Knife
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Kujira whale craft knife
Kujira whale craft knife
£39.00
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SK5 Cleaver 150mm
SK5 Cleaver 150mm
£75.00
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Kyohei Shindo Aogami Kurouchi Bunka
Kyohei Shindo Aogami Kurouchi Bunka
£85.00
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Takeo Murata Buho Ko-Bocho - Cutting Edge Knives
Takeo Murata Buho Ko-Bocho
£90.00
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Muneishi Aogami Petty 120mm
Muneishi Aogami Petty 120mm
£90.00
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Takeo Murata Buho Santoku - Cutting Edge Knives
Takeo Murata Buho Santoku
£95.00
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Takeo Murata Buho Nakiri
Takeo Murata Buho Nakiri
£95.00
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Muneishi Aogami Petty 150mm
Muneishi Aogami Petty 150mm
£95.00
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Takeo Murata Buho Sabaki 150mm
Takeo Murata Buho Sabaki 150mm
£100.00
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Tsunehisa AS Morado Petty 135mm
Tsunehisa AS Morado Petty 135mm
£105.00
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Takeo Murata Buho Sabaki 165mm
Takeo Murata Buho Sabaki 165mm
£110.00
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Takeo Murata Buho Funayuki 165mm
Takeo Murata Buho Funayuki 165mm
£110.00
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Muneishi Aogami Santoku 165mm
Muneishi Aogami Santoku 165mm
£110.00
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Tsunehisa AS Cherry Petty 150mm
Tsunehisa AS Cherry Petty 150mm
£110.00
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Muneishi Aogami Nakiri 165mm
Muneishi Aogami Nakiri 165mm
£115.00
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Tsunehisa AS Morado Santoku - Cutting Edge Knives
Tsunehisa AS Morado Santoku
£125.00
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Tsunehisa AS Cherry Santoku - Cutting Edge Knives
Tsunehisa AS Cherry Santoku
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Tsunehisa AS Cherry Nakiri - Cutting Edge Knives
Tsunehisa AS Cherry Nakiri
£130.00
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Tsunehisa AS Morado Nakiri
Tsunehisa AS Morado Nakiri
£130.00
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Tsunehisa AS Migaki Santoku
Tsunehisa AS Migaki Santoku
£130.00
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Tsunehisa AS Migaki Nakiri
Tsunehisa AS Migaki Nakiri
£130.00
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Tsunehisa AS Cherry Gyuto 180mm
Tsunehisa AS Cherry Gyuto 180mm
£130.00
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Tsunehisa AS Cherry Bunka
Tsunehisa AS Cherry Bunka
£130.00
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Tsunehisa AS Migaki Gyuto 180mm
Tsunehisa AS Migaki Gyuto 180mm
£140.00
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Anryu Knives Aogami Petty 150mm
Anryu Knives Aogami Petty 150mm
£145.00
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Hatsukokoro Kumokage Blue #2 Bunka
Hatsukokoro Kumokage Blue #2 Bunka
£145.00
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Tsunehisa AS Morado Kiritsuke 210mm
Tsunehisa AS Morado Kiritsuke 210mm
£150.00
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Tsunehisa AS Morado Gyuto 240mm
Tsunehisa AS Morado Gyuto 240mm
£150.00
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Tsunehisa AS Cherry Gyuto 240mm
Tsunehisa AS Cherry Gyuto 240mm
£150.00
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Jikko Knives R2 Petty 135mm
Jikko Knives R2 Petty 135mm
£155.00
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AUS8 Cleaver 180mm
AUS8 Cleaver 180mm
£160.00
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Nigara Hamono AS Petty 150mm
Nigara Hamono AS Petty 150mm
£180.00
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Koutetsu Iron Clad Ko-Bunka
Koutetsu Iron Clad Ko-Bunka
£190.00
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Hatsukokoro Hayabusa HAP40 Santoku
Hatsukokoro Hayabusa HAP40 Santoku
£195.00
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Jikko Knives White #2 Santoku - Cutting Edge Knives
Jikko Knives White #2 Santoku
£200.00
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Goko Hamono Kogetsu SK5 Santoku
Goko Hamono Kogetsu SK5 Santoku
£200.00
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Yoshimi Kato AS Kurouchi Nakiri
Yoshimi Kato AS Kurouchi Nakiri
£200.00
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Hatsukokoro Hayabusa HAP40 Bunka
Hatsukokoro Hayabusa HAP40 Bunka
£205.00
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Yoshimi Kato AS Kurouchi Santoku
Yoshimi Kato AS Kurouchi Santoku
£210.00
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Masakage Koishi Santoku
Masakage Koishi Santoku
£220.00
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Nigara Hamono AS Gyuto 210mm
Nigara Hamono AS Gyuto 210mm
£220.00
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Yoshikane Hamono SKD Santoku
Yoshikane Hamono SKD Santoku
£225.00
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Konosuke GS+ Gyuto 240mm - Cutting Edge Knives
Konosuke GS+ Gyuto 240mm
£230.00
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Masakage Shimo Gyuto 210mm
Masakage Shimo Gyuto 210mm
£230.00
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Jikko Knives R2 Gyuto 210mm
Jikko Knives R2 Gyuto 210mm
£235.00
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Koutetsu Iron Clad Gyuto 240mm
Koutetsu Iron Clad Gyuto 240mm
£240.00
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Nigara Hamono AS Gyuto 240mm
Nigara Hamono AS Gyuto 240mm
£240.00
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Yoshida Hamono ZDP-189 Bunka - Cutting Edge Knives
Yoshida Hamono ZDP-189 Bunka
£260.00
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Masakage Shimo Gyuto 240mm
Masakage Shimo Gyuto 240mm
£265.00
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Yoshida Hamono HAP40 Gyuto 210mm
Yoshida Hamono HAP40 Gyuto 210mm
£265.00
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Yoshikane Hamono SKD Gyuto 210mm
Yoshikane Hamono SKD Gyuto 210mm
£280.00
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Yoshikane Hamono SKD Gyuto 240mm
Yoshikane Hamono SKD Gyuto 240mm
£290.00
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Yoshikane Hamono SKD Honesuki
Yoshikane Hamono SKD Honesuki
£295.00
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Myojin Naohito SG2 Gyuto 180mm
Myojin Naohito SG2 Gyuto 180mm
£330.00
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Masamoto KS Gyuto 210mm (White #2)
Masamoto KS Gyuto 210mm (White #2)
£385.00

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