Masahiro Masahiro Hollow-Ground Santoku Knife

Widely considered to be one of the three most presitigious knife makers in all of Japan, the Masahiro Company creates knives with professional-level performance in mind. Each blade is crafted of Masahiro?s proprietary steel, which undergoes... a multi-stage process of quenching, sub-zero treating and tempering to achieve the optimum balance of strength and flexibility. The blade is ground asymmetrically, allowing for a thinner cutting edge and unmatched sharpness. Ideal for slicing and chopping fresh produce and meat. Special indentations along the blade?s sides reduce sticking and allow cut food to release more easily. Blade is forged of Masahiro?s proprietary MBS-26 high-carbon steel with a Rockwell rating of 59 HRC, representing the ideal mix of hardness and flexibility for a kitchen knife. Edge is ground at 80% on the right and 20% on the left to allow for a thinner, sharper edge than standard symmetrically ground blades. Mirror-polished by hand for a beautiful finish. Full-tang construction adds balance and control. Lightweight yet durable resin handle is hygienic and moisture resistant. 7" blade; 4 3/4" handle; 5.2 oz. Made in Japan. read more

Global
$225.00 $277.00
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Made to the exacting standards of Japanese professional chefs, Globals award-winning knives are prized for their perfect balance, ...light weight and sleek, seamless construction. This set includes three fundamental pieces of kitchen cutlery, so you can enjoy the performance of Global knives every day. Set includes a 7" Asian chefs knife, a 5" hollow-ground santoku and a 4" paring knife. Blades are made of exceptionally hard Cromova 18 high-carbon stainless steel, ice tempered and hardened to resist corrosion. Prominent 1/4" edges are visible to the naked eye and ground straight to a point rather than beveled, resulting in impressive sharpness and edge retention. Stainless-steel handles are seamlessly constructed and textured for a good grip. Crafted to professional standards, these knives are lightweight yet perfectly balanced. read more

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Setting a new standard in ceramic cutlery, the Kyotop collection from the Japanese company Kyocera uses an industrial-grade cerami...c that is extremely dense, allowing it to resist wear up to ten times longer than steel. The blade is finished in an elegant Damascus-style pattern, and the moisture-resistant PakkaWood handle provides a comfortable grip. Ultra-sharp, lightweight blade is perfect for chopping, mincing, dicing and more. Extremely dense zirconium oxide blade cuts easily through fresh produce and boneless meats and requires very little sharpening. Blade is finished in a traditional Damascus-style pattern. Comfortable, richly grained PakkaWood handle resists moisture. Extremely lightweight, nimble and easy to maneuver. Nonreactive ceramic blade will never corrode from natural acids and oils found in produce. Stick-resistant blade surface releases food easily and is easy to clean. 6"-long blade; 5 1/2"-long handle; 3.75 oz. Made in China (blade manufactured in Japan). read more

Shun
$199.95 $438.00
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When it comes to fast, precise chopping and slicing, this is the ultimate all-purpose knife for cooks who favor the lightness and ...super-sharpness of Eastern cutlery. The slightly oversize, deep-bellied blade features a core of SG2 steel that holds an exquisitely fine edge with unparalleled durability. Inspired by the high-performance knives used by Japanese chefs, our exclusive Shun Fuji collection represents the very best in cutlery craftsmanship and technology. Developed for the experienced cook who prefers the lightness and razor sharpness of Eastern-style blades. The blades core of SG2 steel is clad on each side with Damascus steel composed of 80 alternating layers of nickel and stainless steel. Resulting 161-layer blade is thin and light yet strong and hard, with a supersharp cutting edge. Handle is dark tagayasan wood, or ?iron sword wood,? an extremely dense wood traditionally used in Japan to make samurai sword handles. The double-D handle shape has finger ridges on both sides for a comfortable, ambidextrous grip. End cap made of polished Damascus steel. Includes a display stand. Shun Fuji collection won the ?Kitchen Knife of the Year Award? at the U.S. 2011 Blade Show for the best in new product quality and design. Handcrafted in Japan. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Shun
$399.95-$479.95 $500.00-$600.00
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When it comes to fast, precise chopping and slicing, this is the ultimate all-purpose knife for cooks who favor the lightness and ...super-sharpness of Eastern cutlery. The slightly oversize, deep-bellied blade features a core of SG2 Japanese steel that holds an exquisitely fine edge with unparalleled durability. Inspired by the high-performance knives used by Japanese chefs, our exclusive Shun Fuji collection represents the very best in cutlery craftsmanship and technology. Developed for the experienced cook who prefers the lightness and razor sharpness of Eastern-style blades. The blade?s core of SG2 steel is clad on each side with Damascus steel composed of 80 alternating layers of nickel and stainless steel. Resulting 161-layer blade is thin and light yet strong and hard, with a supersharp cutting edge. Handle is dark tagayasan wood, or ?iron sword wood,? an extremely dense wood traditionally used in Japan to make samurai sword handles. The double-D handle shape has finger ridges on both sides for a comfortable, ambidextrous grip. End cap made of polished Damascus steel. Shun Fuji collection won the ?Kitchen Knife of the Year Award? at the U.S. 2011 Blade Show for the best in new product quality and design. Handcrafted in Japan. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Shun
$349.95 $438.00
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Our exclusive Shun Hiro collection features high-performance Eastern-style knives designed for speed, agility and balance as well ...as striking beauty. A cutting core of ultra premium SG-2 steel gives them a super sharp, lasting edge, and hammered blades help keep foods from sticking for fast, efficient use. Handcrafted in Japan, this chef?s knife is indispensable for everyday cutting tasks from chopping to slicing to mincing. Eastern-inspired design with extremely thin, lightweight blade for fast and agile performance. The blades core of SG-2 powdered steel is clad on each side with Damascus steel composed of 32 alternating layers of nickel and stainless steel, for a total of 65 layers. SG-2 is an extremely fine-grained, dense and hard steel, which enables it to take and hold an exquisitely fine edge with long-lasting sharpness. The hammered pattern (tsuchime in Japanese) helps the blade pass easily through food without sticking. Contoured, ambidextrous handle is designed for ultimate comfort and control. Handle is dark charcoal-colored PakkaWood with crimson striations and an inlaid mosaic Samurai family crest. Mirror-polished nickel silver bolster and end cap. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level standards of commercial kitchens. 8"-long blade; 4 3/4"-long handle; 7.8 oz. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Shun
$299.95 $375.00
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Our exclusive Shun Hiro collection features high-performance Eastern-style knives designed for speed, agility and balance as well ...as striking beauty. A cutting core of ultra premium SG-2 steel gives them a super sharp, lasting edge, and hammered blades help keep foods from sticking for fast, efficient use. Handcrafted in Japan, this chefs knife comes with a wood display stand. Eastern-inspired design with extremely thin, lightweight blade for fast and agile performance. The blades core of SG-2 powdered steel is clad on each side with Damascus steel composed of 32 alternating layers of nickel and stainless steel, for a total of 65 layers. SG-2 is an extremely fine-grained, dense and hard steel, which enables it to take and hold an exquisitely fine edge with long-lasting sharpness. The hammered pattern (tsuchime in Japanese) helps the blade pass easily through food without sticking. Contoured, ambidextrous handle is designed for ultimate comfort and control. Handle is dark charcoal-colored PakkaWood with crimson striations and an inlaid mosaic Samurai family crest. Mirror-polished nickel silver bolster and end cap. Includes wood stand for storage/display. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level standards of commercial kitchens. 6 1/4"-long blade; 4 3/4"-long handle; 6.2 oz. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Shun
$289.95 $438.00
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Crafted in Japan exclusively for Williams-Sonoma, our premium Kaji line features strong, razor-sharp blades that merge new technol...ogy and centuries-old handcrafting traditions. The sumo santoku blade?s extra heft gives it plenty of cutting power for larger jobs. The double-wide blade and added weight of this blade give it the focused power to tackle larger jobs than a standard Santoku. Dual rows of hollow grounds shed large slices from the blade and the extra width is great for scooping up bits from the cutting board. Blade is constructed with a core of SG-2 powdered steel clad in a true Damascus layer of forged nickel and stainless steel. Inspired by centuries-old samurai sword?making techniques, the blade?s construction creates a super-sharp cutting edge. Handle is made of moisture-resistant, resin-infused PakkaWood, shaped for comfort and control. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level safety standards for professional kitchens. Handcrafted in Japan. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Shun
$299.95 $375.00
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This western-style knife is part of the Reserve collection from Shun and is as beautiful to behold as it is to use. A core tool in... professional kitchens, a chef?s knife is indispensable for chopping, dicing, mincing and slicing fruits and vegetables. Striking in its design, the colorful charcoal and crimson PakkaWood handle is contoured for comfort and has an inlaid mosaic crest. Handcrafted in the style of western cutlery, the knife has a fully forged blade that provides added balance when making precision cuts. Inspired by centuries-old samurai sword?making techniques, a core of SG2 powdered steel has a super fine, even grain capable of being forged into an ultrathin yet extremely strong, exquisitely sharp blade. Blade is clad in a true 32-layer Damascus of forged nickel and stainless steel that helps food release easily. Blade has a Japanese-style 16-degree angle. Full-tang construction and a riveted handle made of moisture-resistant, resin-infused polished PakkaWood offer comfort and control. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level standards of commercial kitchens. Handcrafted in Japan. read more

Shun
$289.95 $363.00
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This western-style knife is part of the Reserve collection from Shun and is as beautiful to behold as it is a pleasure to use. A c...ore tool in professional kitchens, a chef?s knife is indispensable for everyday cutting tasks from chopping to slicing. Shun?s chef?s knife features a supersharp blade hollow-ground with indentations that reduce friction and minimize sticking. Striking in its design, the colorful charcoal and crimson PakkaWood handle is contoured for comfort and has an inlaid mosaic crest. Handcrafted in the style of western cutlery, the knife has a fully forged blade that gives it heft to provide power for precision cuts. Blade has a Japanese-style 16-degree angle. Full-tang construction and a riveted handle made of moisture-resistant, resin-infused polished PakkaWood offer comfort and control. Inspired by centuries-old samurai sword?making techniques, a core of SG2 powdered steel has a super fine, even grain capable of being forged into an ultrathin yet extremely strong, exquisitely sharp blade. Blade is clad in a true 32-layer Damascus of forged nickel and stainless steel that also helps food release easily. Indentations along the blade reduce friction and keep food from sticking. Full-tang construction and a riveted handle made of moisture-resistant, resin-infused polished PakkaWood, offers comfort and control. This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level standards of commercial kitchens. Handcrafted in Japan. read more

Wusthof
$1,999.95 $2,500.00
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The cutlery artisans at Wüsthof have forged a masterpiece with this chef?s knife, which combines the ancient art of Damascus steel... making with top performance for the modern kitchen. This true Damascus blade is hand crafted through a labor-intensive process where hundreds of layers of steel are forged and folded together, producing an extremely strong blade distinguished by its beautiful wavy, water-like pattern. Each knife displays a unique blade pattern, which is complemented by a thuya wood handle. An heirloom piece for cooks and collectors, this exclusive chef?s knife comes in a wooden presentation case. Authentic Damascus steel blade is exceptionally sharp and strong and holds a fine, sharp edge. Hot forged using the Damascus pattern-welding technique in which 360 layers of carbon steel are folded together to form a single piece of steel for blade, double bolster and tang. Handle is thuya wood, from a species of tree grown only in Morocco and prized for its burled grain pattern. Triple-riveted handle is contoured for comfort. Recessed bolster facilitates honing and sharpening the entire length of the cutting edge; a heel bolster provides added balance. Entirely handcrafted by cutlery masters at Wüsthof, the German company that has been making premium knives since 1814. A care kit includes oil for the handle and a whetstone for blade sharpening. Includes a black presentation case. 8"-long blade, 5"-long handle; 8 oz. Made in Germany. A Willliams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

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