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Kotetsu Santoku 170mm

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Takayuki Shibata is a young blacksmith who lives and works out of his shop in Fukuyama City, a suburb of Hiroshima, Japan. Shibata-san is becoming very well known in the knife world for his laser thin, hammer forged knives that boast some excellent grinds and outstanding out-of-the-box sharpness.

The Shibata AS Santoku is made from Aogami Super steel with a soft stainless steel cladding that has a really nice, smooth finish. Shibata-san hammer forges these knives using the san-mai technique of laminating. San-mai roughly translates to three flat objects. The outer layer, or jigane, is only applied to each blade face. It does not wrap over the spine. While the hagane (inner core) is reactive, the stainless cladding reduces the work needed to maintain the blade and prevent corrosion.

The santoku knife is probably the Japanese knife that is most established in the western marketplace. Santoku knives are prized for their handy, user friendly size and chef knife versatility. These particular knives are endowed with a beautifully formed profile and razor sharp cutting edge. The fit and finish are also of the very highest standards.


  • Maker: Takayuki Shibata
  • Location: Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Brand: Shibata AS
  • Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
  • Cladding: Stainless
  • Edge Steel: AS (Aogami Super Steel)
  • HRC: 62+
  • Type: Santoku
  • Edge Grind: Even (See Choil Shot)
  • Handle: Rosewood Octagonal
  • Ferrule: Black Pakka Wood
  • Length: 169mm
  • Height: 48mm
  • Spine Thickness: 2.2mm
  • Weight: 4.5oz
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