Etsu Knife

Goko Hamono Nashiji Santoku 165 mm (Custom Handle)

$263.46 $309.95
Blade Length 120 mm
Steel Shirogami (White) #1 Stainless Clad
Rockwell 61-63
Height Spine to heel 52 mm
Width at Spine 2 mm
Handle Material 
Ferrule  Maple Burl 
Handle Ambonya
End Cap  Maple

 Goko Hamono is one of the last remaining shops making their knives by hand in the Chiba region which is just outside of Tokyo. These knives are forged from Shirogami #1 steel and have stainless cladding giving you the benefit of the Carbon steel and the cutting edge and the ease of maintenance of stainless steel protecting it. They have a faint but very beautiful Nashiji finish on them and the dark handles contrast with the light coloured blades really nicely. Fit and Finish on these knives is great, Ferrule and Handle come together very nicely with no bumps or spaces and the blade and handle are fit together very nicely as well.

Great balance and feel to this knife. Not too heavy but not super light they are balanced slightly forward making them a bit blade heavy. This makes for a comfortable and nimble feeling knife that's ground nice and thin behind the edge and has great cutting feel.

Santoku translates to Three virtues which refers to slicing, dicing and chopping or meat, fish and vegetables depending who you talk to. Basically what the name tries to imply is the incredible versatility of the blade. Great for chopping vegetables, slicing meat and anything else you can throw at them they are easily the most popular blade in home kitchens in Japan and are quickly becoming the go to shape in North America as well.

Knife Care (Stainless Clad)

  • This knife is made from 3 layers of steel using a technique called Sanmai (Forge welding). It involves laminating a piece of Carbon steel with two pieces of Stainless steel giving the knife all the benefits of the carbon steel (Edge retention, ease of sharpening, cutting feel) and the Ease of Maintenance from Stainless steel. 2-3 millimeters of the carbon steel is exposed at the edge of the knife and is susceptible to rust and discouloration if not properly maintained.
  • Simply Wipe the knife with a damp cloth immediately after use to keep it from rusting or discouloring.
  • Wash with regular dish soap and warm water using a none abrasive sponge or cloth.
  • Never put your knife in the Dishwasher. The extreme heat will ruin the wooden handle.
  • Highly acidic ingredients (Onions, Tomatoes, Citrus) Will cause rust and oxidation to happen faster, thus the user must ensure the knife is wiped clean immediately after working with such an ingredient.
  • Should any rust form it can be removed using a rust eraser or a mixture of Baking soda and water to simply scrub it clean.
  • Avoid Bones, Frozen foods, nuts and hard candies or anything other than fruits, vegetables and proteins.

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