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Santoku knife

Santoku knife

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What is a Santoku'三徳’ knife?
Santoku knives are also called cultural knives. They are the most common kitchen knife in Japanese households. It is a combination of a Japanese knife and a Western knife, and was created to have the characteristics of both.
In the past, it was called a "cultural or Bunka knife" because it looked like a knife with a slanted and pointed tip. However, in order to make it easier to use, a knife with a rounded back was introduced, and this was then called a santoku knife. Nowadays, there is often no distinction between Santoku and Bunka knives.
Santoku'三徳’ means "three uses," which means that a single knife can be used to cut a wide range of ingredients, such as meat, fish, and vegetables in a variety of ways.


In the year 1208 the Emperor Gotoba gave permission to his swordsmith Norimune to stamp the blade of each sword with the imperial Chrysanthemum-crest. Norimune then engraved the number 1 below the crest. Thus the name Kikuichi-monji, Chrysanthemum One, was created.
In 1876, when samurai were banned from carrying swords, Kikuichi-monji added a horse’s mouthpiece (kutuwa) logo above its name and started manufacturing cooking knives, carpentry tools, gardening knives, and other related products.
Using the superb sword-making technique passed down through generations in Kyoto, Kikuichi-monji pledges to produce high-quality cutlery.

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