NORA #1120 - 7.5' Santoku - 52100 Carbon Steel
- Blade Type: Santoku
- Blade Length: 7.5 Inches
- Total Length: 12.6 Inches
- Handle Style: Western | Right or Left Hand Use
- Steel: 52100 Carbon Steel
- Handle Materials: Walnut, White G10, Brass Pins, White & Olive Green G10 Liners
- Rockwell Hardness: 62 HRC
- Grind Type: Full Flat Hybrid
- Weight: 9.1 oz
- This Blade is Ground...
- Thin for Performance (great performance but somewhat delicate)
- Thick for Durability (tough, built to last for heavy wear-n-tear)
- >>>Mid-Range with Special Geometry (specially ground for food release and glide but blade is kept slightly thicker for durability)
- This Knife Feels...
- >>> Heavy in Hand (hefty, durable)
- Light (nimble, maneuverable)
- Not too heavy, not too light (Switzerland)
GENERAL USES OF THIS KNIFE
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 just enough belly to facilitate a 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.
52100 Carbon Steel
The blade on this knife is composed of a high carbon 52100 steel. 52100 steel is a great all around choice for carbon steel as it is easily sharpened and the fine grain structure produces a very sharp edge. It is also an economical alternative to some of the more expensive Japanese carbon steels while offering similar benefits and a more hardy steel. HRC hardness on this knife is at a solid 62.
As this is a carbon steel, the blade will form a slight patina over time. This is normal and is actually the mark of a beautifully used knife. Please note, however, that a carbon knife does require more maintenance than its stainless steel counterpart, mainly that it must be washed or wiped clean immediately after each use to prevent unwanted rust.
HANDLE DESIGN & MATERIALS:
Every one of our knives is handmade, numbered and unique. This NORA knife, number #1120, is a hybrid mix of wood and durable G10. The wood is a stabilized figured walnut and the lower portion of the handle is made from durable, white G10. The pins are brass and the handle has been lined with two G10 liners, one in white and the other in olive green G10. Its a classic looking knife and should be a great workhorse in the kitchen.
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.