Ryusen Hamono Santoku 165 mm

Blade Length 165 mm
Total Length 315 mm
Steel VG-10 Stainless
Handle Micarta
Ferrule Welded Steel 
Rockwell 60
Height Spine to heel 47 mm
Width at Spine 2 mm
Weight 202 grams

Ryusen Hamono is another fantastic maker working out of the Takefu Knife village. They fully embrace the tradition of the region and take great pride in every step of the knife making process. They produce knives with excellent fit & finish,  and sharpness that are absolutely beautiful to look at and hold. Winners of numerous design awards and supporters of the Japanese national team at the Bocuse D'or their knives are popular with professional chef's and home cooks alike. 

The Tanganryu line features gorgeous black mircata handles with a full welded stainless steel tang, and ferrule where these knives balance. This balance point is more typical of European style cutlery so if you're interested in Japanese steel with a French/German feel these are a great option.  Equally beautiful is the Tsuchime finish and Damascus pattern made from VG-10 stainless steel providing easy maintenance. The fit and finish is as close to perfect as we've seen and no detail has been overlooked, including the packaging for those who appreciate a nice knife box! ;)

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. It's an extremely versatile shape that is slightly shorter than the average Gyuto (chef's Knife) which can be a bit intimidating for the average home cook. Great for chopping vegetables, slicing fish and other protein and most other tasks you can throw at it. 

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