Nao Yamamoto Santoku 165 mm

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Product Information

Blade Length  168 mm
Total Length  308 mm
Steel  Aogomi Super (Iron Cladding) 
Handle  Rosewood
Ferrule Black Pakka wood
Rockwell 62-63
Height Spine to heel  48 mm
Width at Spine  3.2 mm
Weight  152 grams


The Blacksmith

These knives are forged by the talented Nao Yamamoto. Yamamoto-san is a very talented smith who completed his apprenticeship under the late Masami Asai. He works out of the Takefu knife village located in Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. You can expect a slightly thicker spine and thin grind behind the edge making them perform well, but remain comfortable in hand and don't feel fragile. 


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 (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.

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