Nigara Hamono Silver 3 Damascus Santoku

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A super thick spine and distal taper are a sight to behold and the nashiji damascus finish is stunning!

First Impressions

This is a selection of knives that makes a serious first impression on every level, the incredible thickness and taper of the spine and profile that narrows to a trademark Nigara Hamono thin edge and a damascus finish that's out of this world.


These are stunning knives, Nigara Hamono push the envelope in a lot of their lines but if you want something that's as much talking point as it is performance tool then look no further. 

The matt nashiji finish on the cladding is rustic and natural and the dark damascus layering is beautifully highlighted by the etching process.

The standard range is fitted with a dark birch and white spacer octagonal wa handle. 

In Hand

This is a range of knives that not unsurprisingly has a significant feeling of heft when you hold them. Across the range they're a very thick profile and spine but they feel well balanced and taper quite agressively from just above the heel so that weight is well distributed. 

The larger wedge shape profile does give good food release in most ingredients although we did note in our testing that in some denser vegetables there was a bit of wedging as the extreme thickness was perhaps not as beneficial as a thinner profile knife would be so you might wish to take this into account if you work with a lot of denser foods.


A Silver 3 core clad in stainless is a becoming a more common combination thanks to its edge retention quality, overall robustness and ease of care.

Ease of Care

You'll find Silver 3 holds an edge well and is generally easy to sharpen so just follow our normal care instructions and we'd suggest checking out a knife care kit for longer term maintenance. 

Our Verdict

An incredible statement piece in terms of design and finish but one that's still absolutely designed for use. The Silver 3 core is easy to sharpen and maintain and Nigara Hamono's skill in crafting knives that remain thin behind the edge despite the overall extremely thick profile remains as impressive as ever. 

It's easy to be swayed by the looks but you can be reassured that the performance is there too!

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 170mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 313mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 50.5mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 5.80mm (Spine width above the heel) 3.11mm (Measured halfway along spine) 1.88mm (Measured 15mm from tip)
  • Total Weight: 203 grams
  • Core Steel: Silver 3
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 61-62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Various
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: NIG-070-##

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

Due to the thickness of this blade, only a bunka size (22x5cm) blade guard is compatable. 

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Meet the maker

Nigara Hamono

A legendary name in sword and knife making stretching back 8 generations and 350 years. You simply don't get much more skill going into each blade.

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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