Fujiwara Denka no Hoto (Wa handle) Santoku

Fujiwara San combines the incredible edge-taking capabilities of his own choice of Super Blue steel Chigusa-kou with a layer of stainless steel to create a knife that is truly a privilege to own.

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.

At a glance

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 / 5 Performance

Simply sensational. The hardness of the steel creates and edge that remains true and sharp for a long time even by Japanese knife standards. 

The knife glides through everything put in its path with a very smooth feel - you'll want to make more food than you need!

5 / 5 Beauty

Rugged and solid looking, with the Japanese style blade and half tang traditional octagonal Japanese Wa handle, they're subtle but at the same time leave you in no doubt that they're ready to perform in the kitchen. 

5 / 5 Comfort

The octagonal handle and balance of the knife gives a comfortable and easy feel and the finger groove on the blade of the bigger knives creates an additional balance point that helps guide the knife through food.

5 / 5 Durability

The 65:66 HRC edge will retain its sharpness an incredibly long time, you'll be able to go longer periods without the edge dulling.

You will of course need to maintain the edge with a honing rod as with all knives but you'll find the amount of honing is less than many other knives. 

5 / 5 Ease of Care

Easy to care for if you follow the normal rules of not putting it in a dishwasher and just rinse and dry after use. It does have a super blue carbon core so there may be some rusting and patina possible over time. The rusting is easy to scrub off and perfectly normal along with the edge darkening over time as it develops a patina. 

5 / 5 Value for money

Despite the high price, we still feel this range offers excellent value for money when you take into account the fact each knife is still handmade by Teruyasu Fujiwara and that the forging process used creates such a sensationally hard steel. 

The Denka range is a glimpse of some of the highest quality Japanese knives money can buy so while it's a considered purchase, it's one you won't regret! 

The technical bits

  • Blade length 171 mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length 308 mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width 4 mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height 53 mm Heel to spine
  • Total weight 147 grams
  • Blade Material Super Blue Steel cutting edge, laminated in Stainless

    This knife steel has some special care instructions, learn more.

  • Style Japanese
  • Handle Style Japanese
  • Tang Style Half
  • Left or right handed Both
  • Type Santoku

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 gold or grain patterned card storage box with black inlay and on the front - a photo of Teruyasu Fujiwara, as he makes every single knife you get to see the man himself.

You'll also get our normal knife care guide card and a couple of plasters just in case you have any little accidents! 

What is a Santoku 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, here are some useful places to start.

Fujiwara Denka no Hoto (Wa handle) Santoku £415.00