Tsutomu Kajiwara Blue #2 Damascus Santoku

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An excellent all rounder with a lovely damascus finish from a highly skilled blacksmith, the blue #2 steel takes a wicked edge and retains it well so you'll experience the sharpness and performance from the first cut.

First Impressions

At this price point we'd have to say that out of the box it is unexpectedly sharp compared to many knives.

Typically you might want to hone a knife a little more just to really bring up the edge but it's evident from the first cut that the expertise and finishing skill of Kajiwara san has been utilised to the fullest extent and the knife is a great performer right away.

Beauty

There are certainliy more visually stunning knives available when you look at the kurouchi finished version but the suminagashi finish on some of this range is beautiful!

In Hand

Light and well balanced with a traditional oval wa handle means the knife is easy to use and manoeuvre. 

Durability

The Blue #2 steel used in the knife will take a very fine edge and thanks to its hardness should retain that edge well and is also actually pretty easy to sharpen and maintain so this knife will last a very long time with fairly minimal maintenence.

Ease of Care

This is a fully reactive steel on both the cutting edge and in the iron cladding so will develop a patina all over the blade as you use it but it's still fairly easy to care for as long as you follow the normal rules - no dishwashers, rinse and dry after use and enjoy the patina as it develops.

Our Verdict

In short - excellent.

You're getting a well made knife and a durable steel from a very experienced blacksmith at a really competitive price. Can't say fairer than that!

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 169mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 306mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.83mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 43.3mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 134 grams
  • This knife is made from a stain resistant steel and so is a great choice for ease of care and it won't react with your ingredients like a carbon steel knife.

    Read the Japanese knife care guide
  • Core Steel: Blue Steel #2
  • This knife is made from a reactive carbon steel which is not stainless and therefore has some special care instructions and properties.

    Read the carbon steel care guide
  • Cladding Steel: Soft Iron
  • Hardness: 62-63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Oval rosewood
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: KAJ-0001

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Protection & care for this knife

A photo of various protective guards for Japanese chef knives

Due to the thickness of the spine of this knife, we recommend either a handmade leather santoku saya or santoku sized blade guard

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Blacksmith Profile

Tsutomu Kajiwara

A third generation master blacksmith from Tosa, Kajiwara is noted for his skill and ability using traditional methods that create long lasting and vary sharp knives.

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