This knife is made by Tsunehisa in Tosa, Japan. They are well known for their outstanding value and use of top-quality steel. In the case of this knife, they have used the highly regarded G3 stainless steel. G3, also known as Silver 3 steel, Ginsanko, or Gin3, is stainless steel made by Hitachi Metals. It is a fine-grained high carbon stainless steel that possesses a similar cutting feel and ease of sharpening to classic carbon steel. Ginsan steel is an excellent stainless steel for forging and it is a very similar alloy to white steel in terms of edge formation and sharpness. We have a great affinity for this stainless alloy for many reasons, including ease of sharpening and general maintenance.
Santokus offer a nice size and shape; the height of the blade and flat profile make it a great choice for users who prefer push cutting over a rocking style. The edge geometry and grinds are very well executed, resulting in a santoku that will surprise you with its ability to fall through the hardest ingredients.
The western handle is made from pakkawood. It looks great and feels good in the hand. All around this is a really nice, easy-to-maintain santoku at a very attractive price.