Itamae 7" Santoku Damascus Steel Chef Knife

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In the West, an Itamae is generally associated with a sushi chef but in Japan, an Itamae is simply "the chef". A literal translation means "in front of the board," which refers to the cutting board. There are different levels of Itamae and becoming an Itamae of sushi requires years of training and apprenticeship. They often spend up to five years with a master Itamae before being promoted to higher responsibilities in the restaurant. It is with a great deal of respect that we name this Santoku chef knife after the countless individuals who take food as their profession and honor us with their art.   

Santoku translates to "three virtues" or "three uses" and is a general-purpose kitchen knife which originates from Japan. The "three virtues" refer to slicing, mincing, and dicing which this knife excels at. This lightweight, well-balanced chef knife feels amazing in your hand and will allow you to make quick work of vegetables, meat, and other chef duties. The saber grind gives the cutting edge an extra thin blade which easily slices through just about anything you need to cut. The gorgeous olive and rose wood duo-tone handle will feel comfortable in your hand with the octagon shaped design. You can spend hours cutting with this exquisite knife with virtually no hand fatigue. This knife is almost too beautiful to use, but believe us, it is an absolute pleasure to use.

Itamae 7" Santoku Damascus Steel Chef Knife Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 12” 
  • Handle Length: 5” 
  • Blade Length: 7” 
  • Blade Material: Damascus Steel (1095 and 15n20) 
  • Blade thickness: 0.1" (2.5mm) 
  • Rockwell Hardness: HRC 56-59
  • Tang: Partial Tang
  • Grind: Saber
  • Handle Material: Olive Wood and Rose Wood
  • Includes a wood presentation box
  • Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty

Please note: Each knife is handmade from natural materials. There will be some variation in color, metal pattern and overall look. The knife you receive will have the same attention to quality and detail as the one pictured but may differ slightly in appearance.

Care Instructions:

1095 steel is a high-carbon steel and will rust if not dried and oiled after use. Hand wash only with soap and hot water. Dry completely before oiling.

About Forseti Steel:

The secret to forging authentic Damascus steel knives has long been lost, but Forseti Steel stays as true to the tradition as they can by commissioning smiths with Damascus ancestry to hand-make all of their blades. The artists behind the enamoring water-like patterns of folded and pounded steel have all learned their skills and techniques from the generations that worked the metals before them.

In addition to paying tribute to the Damascus practice in technique and appearance, Forseti Steel shows its respect for history's heroes, legends, and characters with their knives' names. The 9", walnut-handled Sentinel, for example, honors the Sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington.