Yoshikane Hamono SKD Santoku

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A brilliant all rounder from one of Japan's most respected blacksmiths and a true workhorse you'll be reaching for every day.

Available with wenge or teak handle.

First Impressions

Superb. The knife is very sharp out of the box - up there with some of the best and the balance point feels just right at the heel of the blade. 

If you're looking for a robust workhorse that's going to be your everyday knife then look no further.


The nashiji finish combined with high polish finish of the core SKD steel create a great looking knife with the pattern and finishing being completely unique to every blade.

In Hand

Nicely balanced and nimble and with a classic octagonal wa handle it's a breeze to use on a range of ingredients and prep jobs. 


The core SKD steel is a great choice and retains an edge well. The stainless cladding with its nashiji finish protects the core nicely and you'll be using this knife for many years.

Ease of Care

While it is a reactive knife it's easy enough to care for and maintain. The SKD steel is pretty easy to sharpen and as long as you follow the standard care instructions and store your knife safely when it's not in use, this is one that's going to last you as long as you need.

Our Verdict

The sharpness out of the box and finish quality are excellent and it's a great knife from a very skilled blacksmith so for the money we think you get a get a great looking knife that's going to perform very well for many years.

Yoshikane knives are some of our best sellers among both professional chefs and home cooks seeking exceptional performance and finishing standards.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 170mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 312mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 50mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.35mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 155 grams
  • Core Steel: SKD
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 62-63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Various
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: YOS-0007

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

We recommend the magnolia santoku saya for this knife.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

Yoshikane Hamono

Established in 1919 in the city of Sanjo, Yoshikane Hamono have a well deserved reputation for their high quality craftsmanship and finishing and this range of knives are forged by the 4th generation head of the factory Kazuomi Yamamoto.

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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