This santoku Type 3 AS is incredibly thin and light just like Shibata San's other range the Iron Clad. They are spectacularly sharp out of the box, which given that he is one of the best sharpeners in Japan is no surprise. The Aogami super blue ensures that the edge will last for a long time between sharpens and the stainless cladding means that it won't need as much care as a full carbon blade.
*The handle on these knives are now Jarrah wood and not rosewood for sustainability reasons*
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.
The technical bits
- Blade length 168 mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
- Total length 310 mm (Blade + Handle)
- Blade width 2 mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
- Blade height 47 mm Heel to spine
- Total weight 132 grams
- Blade Material Super Blue Steel cutting edge, laminated in Stainless
- Hardness 63:64 HRC
- 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
Wrapped in the day's local newspaper and safely encased in a stylish black storage box with a red inlay and a small note from the blacksmiths explaining that this range is how they prize art and functionality; efficient cutting tools over ones that are simply beautiful. These are both.
Along with the normal packaging, we of course include our usual plasters just in case you're not quite ready for how sharp these knives are!
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 Santoku knives if we've got you interested in them.