Sakai Kikumori Choyo White #2 Santoku

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A truly top class knife in every respect, the santoku is an excellent all-rounder boasting  superb edge and finish from one of Japan's leading knife makers.

First Impressions

An excellent fit and finish from one of Sakai Kikumori's flagship lines forged by Tanaka Hamono and sharpened by Morihiro Hamono the smoothness of the cut and feel of these knives is top notch.

Beauty

The mirror polished finish on the cladding iron is good enough to see your face in while admiring the knife and the kasumi finish running down to the core steel is of an equally high standard and when paired with a simple but high quality magnolia and black buffalo horn handle everything about the Choyo line is about understated elegance and quality.

In Hand

You'll absolutely notice the effort that's gone into the finishing touches from the smooth feel of the magnolia handle to the rounded heel and spine on the knife it's comfortable to hold and cuts through food very smoothly.

Durability

White #2 core steel clad in iron is a widely used combination offering durability and robustness while being very easy to sharpen. 

Ease of Care

We recommend you follow our carbon steel care tips for maintaining your knife and for long term care a carbon steel care kit is recommended.

You may find that the highly polished mirror finish needs a little more care and attention than a more rustic finish on other knives but like all knives with such a finish, this is just something to note and not a drawback.

Please note: All knives in the Choyo line are finished with a lacquer coating (which you will see in the photos as either streaks or a rainbow colouring) which is used to protect the finish and should be removed before use.

How to remove lacquer from Japanese knives.

Our Verdict

Top quality knives from a top quality maker with a fit and finish that oozes class and a line of knives we'd have no problem recommending for someone who is looking for high performance working tools or a special addition to a collection.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 165mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 312mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 46.1mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.01mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 139 grams
  • Core Steel: White #2
  • Cladding Steel: Soft Iron
  • Hardness: 61 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Magnolia and black buffalo
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: KIKU-005-##

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 black sand and magnolia santoku saya both fit this knife as does the santoku size (22x5cm) blade guard.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Blacksmith Profile

Sakai Kikumori

Founded in Sakai City in 1926, Sakai Kikumori are well regarded for their high quality knives and draw on the area's more than 600 year history of knife and blade making.

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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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