Masakage VG10 Tsuchime Santoku

Well balanced, right-handed knife, mid-sized and a comfortable weight - the santoku is a superb choice for the cook who's looking for one knife to do many jobs.

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.

Please note this handle is right-handed, although many left-handed people find it just as comfortable to use.

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.

4 / 5 Performance

The VG10 cutting edge gives this knife a truly great cutting edge and allows it to keep it for a long time meaning you get to spend more time cooking rather than sharpening. The stainless steel clad on to each side protects it from corrosion. The dimpled hammer finishes helps prevent sliced of food sticking to the blade by reducing the surface area in contact with the food, they also look great too. Winner.

4 / 5 Beauty

The blades look stunning and are certainly eye catching. The 15 layers of stainless steel on each side are hand ground to reveal each one in turn like tree rings. The hammered dimples are a by product of getting the layers to bind together but leave the blade with this wonderful finish.

5 / 5 Comfort

The oval handle has a great feel and the overall grip is good. The balance of the knife is nicely central or neutral. A great knife with a lot of feel.

4 / 5 Durability

Japanese blades are all about sharpness and the ability to cut. To achieve that they are always thinner than most Western knives. As a result a little extra care is needed with them. That said they are more than up to the job of working in any kitchen be it pro or home.

4 / 5 Ease of Care

The stainless steel cladding makes this nice really easy to care for by protecting the cutting edge steel (VG10 in this instance) from rusting. The handle being wood should not be immersed in water so its the usual ritual of use, wipe, dry and store. Job done.

5 / 5 Value for money

Great Japanese blades, comfortable handles, fabulous looks and performance to match. At this price what is not to like?

The technical bits

  • Blade length 185 mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length 322 mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width 2 mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height 46 mm Heel to spine
  • Total weight 133 grams
  • Blade Material VG10 cutting edge, laminated in Stainless
  • Hardness 60:61 HRC
  • Style Japanese
  • Handle Style Japanese
  • Tang Style Half
  • 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

The knife comes in its own red presentation box with a green liner and the blade is protected by a clear plastic cover.

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.

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