Fujiwara Denka no Hoto (Wa handle) 180mm Santoku

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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. Teruyasu San makes all his knives from scratch and completes the whole process himself, the quality, sharpness, hardness and edge retention of his knives is simply stunning.

This knife is available with either a magnolia or rosewood octagonal wa handle.

First Impressions

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!


The Fujiwara Denka is an iconic Japanese knife and quite unique in that the appearance of the knife can sometimes be described as a little "rustic" and perhaps not what you'd expect from something at this price point. 

Perfection in the looks department is not why you buy a Denka but there's undoubtedly a charm to the wabi-sabi looks and finishing. 

In Hand

The wa handle version 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.

The Western yo handle version is a little heavier due to the handle and full tang construction, we didn't feel this hindered comfort in any way thanks to the balance and poise of the knife.


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 normal sharpening and honing regime as with all knives but you'll find the amount of edge maintenance is significantly is less than many other knives.

Ease of Care

Easy enough to care for if you follow our carbon steel care tips. It does have a super blue carbon core so experience rusting as your patina develops over time.

The Denka is very thin and hard along the edge which leads to its legendary cutting performance and edge retention so you do need to be considered with your cutting technique while using and sharpening it but this is a knife that's going to last you a lifetime.

Our Verdict

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.

You are investing in a knife that has some of the best edge retention of anything we've seen and tested and we've had many customers email or message us months and sometimes years after buying their Denka to tell us just how amazed they are with the edge retention. 

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!

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Product details

Product SKU: 1302

Our aim is to measure and photograph our products as accurately as possible but due to many items being handmade, finished or using natural materials, there can be minor variance in measurements and things such as blade or wood finishes can vary. We will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Protection & care for this knife

The magnolia santoku saya is a great fit for this knife.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

Teruyasu Fujiwara

Teruyasu San makes all his knives from scratch and completes the whole process himself, the quality, sharpness, hardness and edge retention of his knives is simply stunning.

Helping you find the perfect knives & accessories

Cutting Edge Knives is a family run business established in 2011 and based in the picturesque town of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and accessories and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Over many years we've helped thousands of happy customers find their dream knife and look forward to helping you too.

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