Nigara Hamono SG2 Damascus Santoku

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Every inch of this santoku is a work of art. The skill and craftmanship that create the knife has been gained from generations of experience and it shows whichever part of the knife you look at.

First Impressions

Exceptional - The sharpness right out of the box is comparable with some of the best knives we've tested and the balance and handling of the blade makes using it a joy. 


The whole package with the SG2 is beautiful, from the classy grey presentation box with it's silver foil embossed company name and logo through to the care and instructions and company history inlay English and Japanese onto the knife itself. 

The damascus range and finish on these knives is outrageous. The circular patterns along the full length of each blade are completely unique and unlike any other damascus finish out there. This is a truly stunning knife in both the detail and style of the finish.


The SG2 clad in stainless steel is a strong choice that balances edge retention and durability and will provide a great level of performance over many years use when honed and maintained correctly. 

Ease of Care

SG2 can sometimes be a little difficult to sharpen compared to other steels but as long as you're following our normal care and use instructions and storing your knife on a rack or with a saya then it should last you for many years of happy cooking. 

Our Verdict

Nigara Hamono knives are excellent and this one in particular is something truly special and packs a visual punch that makes it an absolute pleasure to look at. For many people, the look of the knife is absolutely a consideration alongside the performance and it's fair to say that if you're looking for something that's a knock out on both front then it's this knife!

At this price point you're making a considered purchase but when you add together the excellent performance and craftmanship that comes from the hundreds of years of blade making experience Nigara Hamono are able to put into their knives it's still a knife that we'd be happy to say is a great purchase and something that's going to serve you for as many years as you need it.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 170mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 314mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.15mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 49mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 139 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Stainless
  • Steel Type - Core: SG2
  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal teak with black bolster

Product SKU: 10252

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

Some measurements such as HRC are provided by the manufacturer and should therefore be used as a guide.

Compatable saya or guard

We recommend protecting this knife with a handmade leather saya if you're not going to store it on a magnetic block or rack.

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Blacksmith Profile

Nigara Hamono

A legendary name in sword and knife making stretching back 8 generations and 350 years. You simply don't get much more skill going into each blade.

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Since 2011 we've helped thousands of happy customers find the perfect knife for their cooking and hope to serve you soon.

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