Yoshimi Kato Minamo SG2 Santoku

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Stunning looks and a superb grind and finish, the Minamo santoku is a perfect all rounder for home and professional kitchens.

First Impressions

An extremely well finished knife with a quality flat grind and top class attention to detail.


This is a real beauty, the tsuchime finish designed to mimic the waves on the surface of water run down to the shinogi line where the knife then boasts a clean polished finish down to the exposed SG2 core line. 

Understated for sure but a real beauty up close.

In Hand

The minamo is a higher end line and as such, the small touches like the rounding of the spine and heel of the knife are all smoothly done and the finish is excellent making it very comfortable and well balanced as you might reasonably expect for such a knife.


The SG2 clad in stainless steel is a strong choice that balances edge retention and durability and will provide a great level of performance over many years use when honed and maintained correctly.

Ease of Care

SG2 is a stainless steel and is easy to maintain and resharpen. Just follow our normal care instructions and this is a knife you will be using for many years.

Our Verdict

A stunning line from an excellent blacksmith and made with one of our favourite steels, the Minamo is a premium level knife but offers fit and finish to match and is certainly a quality choice if you're looking for a mix of subtle but detailed design and performance.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 173mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 310mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 45.6mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.05mm (Spine width above the heel) 2.03mm (Measured halfway along spine) 1.30mm (Measured 15mm from tip)
  • Total Weight: 124 grams
  • Core Steel: SG2
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal shitan wood with red pakka wood bolster
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: KATO-020-##

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 and santoku (22x5cm) size blade guard for this knife.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

Yoshimi Kato

Yoshimi Kato San is the son-in-law of Hiroshi Kato San and is a highly skilled and renowned blacksmith working at the Takefu knife village where he creates his own ranges of knives as well as knives for other brands such as Masakage.

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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