Yuta Katayama - VG10 Damascus Santoku

Regular price £185.00

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Sensational looks, ease of care and a super edge out of the box the santoku is a fantastic all round chef knife for any kitchen.

First Impressions

The VG10 damascus punches above its weight both in performance and looks, Katayama san is a vastly experienced "young" blacksmith having spent several years learning his trade under Takeshi Saji.


Simply stunning, the damascus layering isn't just a flat, polished finish the layers of steel running through the blade show a subtle contrast like the contours on a map and you can feel the layering. 

The high polish finish is well done and there's no doubt that if you're looking for a knife with real visual wow factor then this is one to check out.

In Hand

Light and well balanced across the range the knives are great for daily use.

It's always nice to note attention to detail and finishing in areas around the spine and heel of the knife and Katayama San has taken the time to subtly round the spine and heel edges to make the entire knife comfortable in hand when using a pinch grip.


The 61HRC VG10 core takes an edge quickly and holds it well and because it's not quite as high HRC as some knives it's reassuring and forgiving while using it. 

Ease of Care

Super easy to care for, VG10 clad in stainless is the ultimate low maintenance combo. Just follow our normal care instructions.

We'd recommend a Japanese knife care kit for long term maintenance. 

Our Verdict

These are excellent knives however you look at them. 

Yuta Katayama is a highly skilled and experienced blacksmith and in this range he's made an easy to maintain and sharpen set of knives that are also visually breathtaking. 

That's before we even mention the value for money - they sit in an extremely competitive price bracket with lots of options both for first time purchases or additions to a collection but they hit the sweet spot of value and quality just right. 

If you need any more convincing, the petty from this range has a permanent place on our knife rack at home and is one of our most used knives.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 166mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 310mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 47.3mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.09mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 120 grams
  • Core Steel: VG10
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 61 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal zelkova wood

Product SKU: YUTA-003

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 a magnolia santoku saya or santoku sized blade guard for this knife.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

Yuta Katayama

An independent blacksmith since 2021, Katayama San previously apprenticed for 8 years under master blacksmith Takeshi Saji in Echizen.

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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