Basics on Santoku Japanese Knife

Do you know that Santoku means three uses or three virtues, it is true! The uses of this Japanese knife are evident and manage to become much more powerful these days. Furthermore, this is a general-purpose kitchen knife. It has its origin from Japan. We know that the types and range of Damascus knives are tremendous in terms of their numbers but here we are going to only talk about Santoku knives.

Basic information on Santoku knife

First of all, you should know that this Santoku knife blade falls between 13 and 20 cm in length. Or you can say that it is 5 and 8 inches long. In addition, this knife carries and constitutes a flat edge at its end. It is injected with a Sheepsfoot blade and curved in a downward position. This knife has the tendency to handle and manage a variety of tasks. Like, it can cut meat, fish and even vegetables for you. Moreover, this knife shows the potential for slicing, chopping and also dicing. Apart from that, to know more about other Damascus kitchen knives, keep tuned with us.

Santoku knife blade geometry

Discussing Santoku blade geometry, we have seen that it is incorporated and embossed with the sheep’s foot tip. It is this sheep’s foot design that draws the spine and gives the user more of the linear cutting edge. Furthermore, this Santoku knife blade has got limited “rocking” travel. In other words, it shows limited rocking motion as compared to other Western style cutlery.

The design of Santoku knife

Moving to the design details of the Santoku knife, it is somewhat shorter and lighter. In addition, this respective knife is thinner, and injected with more hardened steel. If you look at the Standard Santoku blade length, then its dimensions fall in between 15 and 18 cm. This typical looking Japanese knife is incorporated and accompanied by a chisel-tip and this tip is usually sharpened on one side.

On the other hand, a classic Santoku knife carries a Western-style element in it. Such a knife has a bilateral cutting edge. It is highly critical and important for the user to increase the hardness aspect of Santoku steel for the sake of maintaining the edge retention. If your knife steel gets thinner, then there is a chance that it is more likely to chip whenever you are going to push it against a bone.

Variations in Santoku knife

  • There are a few of the Santoku knives that are three layered. In other words, they are laminated with three layered steels. Furthermore, there is a flowing ink pattern injected in them. The presence of forged laminated stainless steel is commonly inducted on Santoku knives just to increase and immensely improve their strength part.
  • In addition, such a lamination makes a Santoku knife rust resistant. At the same time, it successfully maintains its hard edge as well. If you plan to buy such Santoku knives, then keep in mind the presence of laminated blades makes them more expensive and also of higher quality.
  • In the market, you may come across a huge and extensive variety of Santoku-pattern knives. They are even made and manufactured outside Japan. Those Santoku knives that are designed outside Japan, possess a substantial wide number of edge designs at their end. In addition, those knives show different balance and also different steel construction.

The current trend that we have witnessed and noticed in Santoku copies is that they are made by using single alloy and they are also included with scallops. Note down that the presence of scallops manages to create small air pockets to improve food separation.

Further information and facts are yet to come, so stay with us.