Yoshimi Kato VG10 Damascus Tsuchime Santoku

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A super funky polished square hammer finish and bold half-tang red pakka wood yo handle on this santoku is a treat for the eye and a lovely general use chef knife for a wide range of prep jobs.

First Impressions

Depending on your finish and handle choice, is collection boasts some impressive and varied knives to suit many tastes but the all have Kato san's thin flat grinds in common across the range and a light nimble feel in hand.


The damascus finishes do vary across the range but each has its own charms and beauty depending on whether you prefer the hammer finish and darker matt finish or the polished square tsuchime. We've got our favourites, what's yours?

In Hand

Although there's some obvious variance in weight and handling due to some of the knives being fitted with wa handles and others with the slightly heavier Western shape yo handles where there is again some variance in balance points because some are half and others full tang. 

The wa olive wood wa handles are stunning and feature a more rounded heel and have a slightly more rounded spine for extra comfort. The red pakka wood yo handle versions in the range would certainly suit someone who prefers a little more weight further back in their knife but they remain nimble and still actually feel pretty light in-hand.

Ease of Care

VG10 clad in stainless is a durable and easy to care for combination and popular for anyone who is looking for a low maintenance knife.

Just follow our standard care tips and keep your knife in top condition with our Japanese knife care kit.

Our Verdict

Classy knives from one of the best known blacksmiths at Takefu knife village, they're easy to care for, take very little effort to sharpen and look great. 

Also available in a range of styles and handles - what's not to love!

Product details

  • Blade Length: 175mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 297mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.49mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 46.4mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 146 grams
  • Core Steel: VG10
  • 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
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 61-62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Various
  • Handle Material: Various
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: KATO-003

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

Blacksmith Profile

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.

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