Yoshida Hamono ZDP-189 Kurouchi Santoku

Regular price £185.00
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14 in stock

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A great looking knife that boasts the sharpness and hardness of knives significantly more expensive. This santoku has a superbly sharp edge out of the box and will hold it for a long time. 

With a bit more of a veg bias than the gyuto knife the santoku can do most things (no really hard veg or bones though!) and you'll find it becomes invaluable. 

The knife is made from a core steel of ZDP-189, a very hard steel (66-67 HRC), which means it can achieve and hold an incredibly sharp edge. 

Performance

The sharpness of the ZDP-189 range is up there with the very best knives we've ever seen. The hardness of the steel also means that edge is going to stay sharper for longer than many knives. They simply glide through food.

Beauty

These are very good looking knives, you can see the journey they have been on through the process in the steel itself. If you are looking for a knife that tells a story then look no further.

Kurouchi finished blade, which is in the upper part of the knife, untreated and has already developed a dark patina. This protects the blade while giving it a traditional Japanese look. On the hand-wrought-iron knife, we have left visible fingerprints for a wonderful appearance, which at the same time prevents the food sticking.

Comfort

Overall these knives are very comfortable to use, the lack of a finger notch at the heel could be a downside to some and it is a little weightier than some of our other knives.

*Please note: the handle is now walnut octagonal with a black pakka ferrule, not oval rosewood*

Durability

This steel is very durable, avoid the usual bones and don't go anywhere near a dishwasher and you'll be rewarded.

Laminated steel - the core is made of very hard steel, dressed in an outer layer of softer stainless steel. Such a blade remains sharp for a very long time, and because of the softened external steel it is easier to grind and at the same time protects the centre steel from external factors.

Ease of Care

ZDP 189 can be difficult to sharpen but you shouldn't have to do it very often, a few strokes with a ceramic sharpening rod will keep it in tip top condition between sharpens.

Given the extremely high HRC rating of the steel, you do need to be precise in your cutting technique to avoid any potential chipping but if you are, these knives will last a long time between sharpens.

Our Verdict

Excellent value - The craftsmanship and style combined with the insane sharpness rivals many significantly more expensive knives.

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Product details

Product SKU: 2251

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.

Compatable saya or guard

Please note that the Oster Rob santoku size saya does not fit this knife. However, the bunka sized saya is a good fit instead.

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Yoshida Hamono

Yoshida Hamono is a family-owned Japanese company with an age-long tradition in manufacturing state-of-the-art tools and Japanese swords (katanas) by hand.

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