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NORA Santoku #1021 - CTS-XHP

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Our version of a Japanese Santoku, this is an extremely versatile knife that functions similarly to a Chef knife.  Santoku literally translates from Japanese as "three virtues" which refers to the three tasks this knife does exceedingly well: slice, dice, and mince. While Santoku knives generally lend themselves towards a chopping motion, we have also designed the blade with enough belly to facilitate a nice rocking motion as well.

This is a revamp of our original "NORA" knife.  We started by making a single Santoku design and that is all we sold our first year in business.  Since then we have had roughly 4 different versions of our Santoku and I think we finally arrived on a blade profile and handle that really work great.  We took our original Santoku blade profile and combined it with our larger handle style.  The two work well together.

Every one of our knives is numbered and unique. This NORA knife, number #1021, has been handled with Shokwood which is a beautiful wood/resin hybrid. The wood is live edge stabilized Big Leaf Maple and it is complemented by urethane resins in rich hues of teal, black, orange and red.  Its a unique blend and it has really grown on us over here. 

The wood on this handle has been stabilized for durability.Wood stabilization is an added feature that we offer with our knives. Wood that is stabilized has been injected with a clear acrylic resin under a vacuum process. Stabilization helps to minimize, if not eliminate, any cracking, warping, shrinkage and/or expanding of the material. Stabilized wood will not absorb water and is generally impervious to oils. The process helps to ensure your knife has a long lifespan in the kitchen. 

This knife blade is composed of CTS-XHP stainless steel which is a premium stainless steel that we rarely offer because it is fairly hard to source.  This steel has excellent durability for a stainless steel and it also can be taken to a fairly high hardness at 62 HRC.  Besides this, the actual stain resistance on this stainless is high compared to some of the other stainless steels we use which are stainless but just barely and sometimes have a tendency to form small rust spots.  In general, this is an excellent steel choice that combines great performance with heightened durability. 


{ Knife Details }

Metal: CTS-XHP Stainless Steel

Blade Length: 7.75 inches

Total Length: 13 inches

Handle Material(s): Red G11 Pins, Red G10 Liners, Live Edge Big Leaf Maple Wood, Urethan Based Resins

Rockwell Hardness: 62 

Grind Type: Full Flat 



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