ZHEN - Santoku 9-1/4" Hammered Surface 67-Layer Damascus Knife Blank 4-13/16" L x 5/64" T (120mm x 1.8mm)
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Our ZHEN Hammered Surface Damascus Santoku Knife Blank is forged in Japan utilizing years of knowledge and skill in knife making and technology and then imported to Taiwan. The blade is made by forge welding 66 layers of steel together around a single core layer of VG – 10 stainless steel (HRC60-62), which creates a high quality blade. Each blade has its own unique pattern on its surface and an edge that remains extremely sharp over an extended period of time. The hammered surface or tsuchime finish acts like a series of hollow-ground cavities while reducing drag, allowing the food to release from the blade surface while slicing. Designed with the professional cook in mind, this knife makes a great gift for the cook in your family. Hone your blades with a steel or ceramic rod weekly to keep them sharp. We recommend sharpening your blades with a whetstone at an angle of 15°-20°. Blade length is 4-3/4", with an overall length of 9-1/4". Handle material sold separately.
CAUTION: DO NOT chop bone or use knife on a hard surface like a glass cutting board, tile, or granite. Hand wash your blades with gentle dish soap, rinse clean and towel dry immediately.
- Knife blade blank ONLY; handle material sold separately
- Customize your knife blade by choosing from myriad woods to make the handle yourself
- Crafted from 66 layers of Japanese Damascus steel
- Hammered tsuchime finish acts like a series of hollow-ground cavities reducing drag
- VG – 10 steel core with a Rockwell hardness of HRC60–62
- Maintains an extremely sharp edge for a long period of time
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Fantastic blade - Better than expected!
After having doing one of the other Damascus blades for a gift, I decided to do the hammered finish Santoku for myself. Opted not to use the rivets, and instead did a contoured Elm burl handle to fit my hand. What a blade! Super sharp right out of the box, honed on my 4000 grit Norton waterstone just for that final touch, and this is a joy to use. I am an avid chef, and have an extensive collection of German and Japanese knives, but this has become one of my favorite knives for general purpose...even boning a small bird, as it's sharp as a laser and handles beautifully. Highly recommended project! If you have never used a knife of this quality, here's an excuse to make on your own with a totally custom handle. Wish I could post an image to show it off.
Great kits, could use better instructions though.
I have made a few of these kits, and am impressed by the quality of the blades on these higher end kits. My only disappointment has been the spotty instructions for some of the kits, like this one. The kit comes with interlocking rivets, which I planned for in my construction, but nowhere does it tell you what size the rivet heads are, and therefore what size drill to use for installing them (countersinking to the level of the scales). Some generalized instructions are available on the Woodcraft site for most projects, (many of the pen kits have really good, thorough instructions...) but these kits seem lacking in available help resources. From what I can tell it appears to be 6mm, so now I need to go back to the store to get one....to finish the knife. I see many examples of people finishing the kits without using the supplied rivets, perhaps next time I will omit them, but if they're included in the kit, I feel as though they should be used...and I like the look on most of the kits. recommended project if you haven't tried a knife kit yet!