Matsubara Hamono Santoku 165 mm (Custom Handle)
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Knives under the Matsubara Hamono name are made by master blacksmith Katsuto Tanaka-san who started making knives when he was 20 years old back in 1982. The knife making history of the Matsubara region can be traced back to the year 1474 when Master Yukiyasu Naminohira moved here to make swords in the Hachiman Shrine; He also at that time started to make sickles at the request of farmers in the region. After the war subsided around the country there was less need for swords and most sword smiths switched to making kitchen knives and agricultural tools.
The word santoku translates to "three virtues" which refers to slicing, dicing and chopping or meat, fish and vegetables depending on who you talk to. Basically the name implies the extreme versatility of the knife which is what has made this style of knife the most popular shape in Japanese home kitchens today. It is slightly shorter than your average western style chef's knife which makes it feel a bit less intimidating for the average home cook while still remaining capable and versatile, great for anyone looking for that one go-to knife. Great for professionals who are limited in terms of space or who just want something a little bit more nimble and compact that a standard Gyuto (Chef's Knife)
Knife Care (Iron Clad)
- This Knife is made from 3 layers of material; A layer of iron on each side protecting a layer of carbon steel at the core, in a process referred to as Sanmai or forge welding. Iron and carbon steel are both susceptible to rust and must be kept dry and clean at all time’s to avoid oxidation and discolouration.
- Simply wipe the knife with a damp cloth immediately after use.
- 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.