This is a super beautiful, elegant and unique santoku! It features a silver-3 Japanese carbon steel core for unparalled performance and edge retention and maintenance, and this core is clad in corrosion-resistant ("stainless") Damascus steel. This means you have a high performance edge, with the beauty and stain-resistant qualities of the damascus steel. It is incredibly sharp -- a truly stunning knife!! The handle is a traditional wooden sushi-knife style with a real natural water buffalo horn bolster. Note: it's hard to take photos of damascus steel... the main photo doesn't do it justice -- be sure to see the detail photo for a closer look at the true beauty of this blade! Silver-3 is a unique and rarely used steel. It is made by the Hitachi Yasugi-works (the same source as the famous "blue" and "white" carbon steels), but this Silver-3 ("GIN 3") steel has 12% chrome so it is very stain-resistant (almost "stainless") but it is harder than most "stainless" steels and has properties similar to blue-2 or white-2 carbon steels. The downside is that this steel is expensive and difficult to work with, so knives made with it are rare and expensive. But what performance!! This knife is sharpened 50/50 for an even edge, so it will be easy to maintain and can be used right or left hand.
Blade thickness (spine, above heel): approx. 3mm ; overall knife weight: approx. 140g
This is handcrafted by Mr. Syogo Yamatsuga, and so is a unique opportunity to own something truly unique and one-of-a-kind from a Japanese master.
Comes in a beautiful box.