Led by 4th generation blacksmith Kazuomi Yamamoto, Yoshikane Hamono is a Japanese knife making company in Sanjo City, Niigata perfecture with over 100 years history. Founded in 1919 by Shimotajima, Yoshikane Hamono has been hand forging knives for 4 generations.
The SKD11 Nashiji series (for which Yoshikane is famous) featured in our e-shop, is a semi-stainless steel with a very high carbon content (1.4 – 1.6), that can reach hardness up to HRC 64. That means excellent edge retention but at the same time this steel is easy to sharpen. It is stainless cladded therefore it requires less maintenance than a carbon steel knife.
The fit and finish are impeccable and even though it’s not a laser but rather a sturdy knife, it’s very light and nimble with an impressive tapering down the spine. Very thin behind the edge and razor sharp out of the box. Fitted with a beautiful octagonal Wa Wenge handle.
With a tall blade and rounded nose, the Santoku is a versatile, all over, knife that is suitable for cutting meat, fish, or vegetables. The name Santoku means “Three-purpose” (virtues). Used mainly with chopping and push cuts.
|Brand / Blacksmith:||Yoshikane|
|Knife type:||Santoku 165mm|
|Blade Length / Total length (mm):||165 / 310|
|Grind:||50 / 50|
|Forging method:||San Mai|
|Handle type / Material / Ferrule:||Octagonal / Wenge / Horn|
|Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm):||3,2|
|Blade height at heel (mm):||50|