Sakai Takayuki Aogami Super Blue Hammered Kengata Santoku

If there's one style of knife you 'should' buy it is the santoku.

This santoku is the kengata version which offers great tip work due to the shape.

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 Performance

Performance is good, as usual would benefit from a quick hone if you're picky but sharp out of the box so you can get straight to the good stuff!

/ 5 Beauty

These knives are really striking, the blades with their beautiful kurouchi finish go really well with the golden colour of the Japanese Zelkova wood and mahogany handle. The two kengata styles of the santoku and gyuto 210mm also give them an extra something visually.

/ 5 Comfort

We found these comfortable enough, they're not as rounded off as some of our other knives but it shouldn't pose much of a problem. The heel is fairly close to the handle but you can still get your finger in the choil if using a pinch grip.

/ 5 Durability

Being super blue they will hold an edge for a long time before needing resharpening. The usual advice of not cutting through super-hard veg like butternut squash (in its whole state) still applies!

/ 5 Ease of Care

Just rinse and wipe, don't scrub the kurouchi too much and don't go near the dreaded dishwasher!

/ 5 Value for money

For a company with a long and established reputation we think these are good value for money. Solid, well made knives that won't disappoint.

The technical bits

  • Blade length 161 mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length 313 mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width 2 mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height 44 mm Heel to spine
  • Total weight 133 grams
  • Blade Material Super Blue Steel cutting edge, laminated in

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

  • Hardness 65 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 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.              

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Sakai Takayuki Aogami Super Blue Hammered Kengata Santoku £195.00