Makoto Kurosaki Santoku 165 mm

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Product Information


Blade Length 165 mm
Total Length 305 mm
Steel R2 (SG2) Powdered Steel
Handle American Cherry
Ferrule Blonde Pakka
Rockwell 63-65
Height Spine to heel 48 mm
Width at Spine 2 mm
Weight 131 grams
Bevel Double (50/50)

Makoto Kurosaki

We're excited to have these knives in made by Makoto Kurosaki. Makoto Kurosaki trained as a sharpener and apprenticed under Hiroshi Kato-san, as part of Takefu Knife Village, based in Echizen city, Fukui prefecture, Japan. While Makoto is Yu Kurosaki’s older brother, he has his own shop separate from Yu's, and has sharpened several different lines from knife makers such as Yoshimi Kato and Takumi Ikeda, as well as Yu Kurosaki.

The “Style-K” line knives still have a great grind and geometry to them, they are slightly more robust than Yu's knives on the spine making them slightly less delicate. The R2 (SG2) core steel is one of our favorites at the shop for its great edge retention and surprising ease of sharpening for such a tough stainless. It also has a very fine and consistent grain structure as it is a powdered steel so it will benefit from being taken to a much higher grit stone than a more traditional stainless steel will. The fit and finish on these knives is also of a very high level with a perfectly smooth transition between the handle and ferrule, the joint between the tang and handle, and the rounding and polishing on the spine and choil.

The Takefu Knife Village is a cooperative workshop in the Echizen region of Japan. It is the home to a long list of blacksmiths that we work with and many young and upcoming apprentices learning the trade. The area has a 700 year long history of smithing with roots in agricultural tools turned cutlery powerhouse. 

The Knife

Santoku translates to three virtues. Meat, fish, and vegetables, or slicing, dicing, and chopping. No matter what way you look at it, it implies the versatility of the knife. While you sacrifice some of the slicing capability of a larger gyuto, don't be fooled by its size, the santoku can get 99% of your kitchen tasks done without breaking a sweat, which is probably why its the most popular shape in Japanese home kitchens.


Knife Care (Stainless Steel)

  • Although this knife is made from stainless steel we do still encourage our customers to keep their knives as dry and clean as possible.
  • NO DISHWASHER - the high heat will ruin the wooden handle.
  • Wash and dry by hand using regular dish soap and warm water using a none abrasive sponge or cloth.
  • Ensure the knife is dry before being put away for storage and ensure the edge of the knife is protected to avoid any unnecessary dulling.
  • Avoid Bones, Frozen foods, nuts and hard candies or anything other than fruits, vegetables and proteins.

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