- Type: Santoku
- Finish: Kurouchi
- Blade Length: 165 mm (6.5 in)
- Construction: Hon-Warikomi
- Core Edge Steel: Aogami Super
- HRC (Rockwell Hardness): 63-64
- Handle: Walnut Octagonal Type
- Bevel: Double-Bevel
- Place of Origin: Tosa, Japan
The universal and representative all-purpose knife for home use has the strengths of both the traditional nakiri and the Western butcher's knife. Santoku means "three uses" or "three virtues," derived from its flexibility in cutting meat, fish, and vegetables. Its double-bevel blade is more comprehensive than a Gyuto, making it a fine choice for right and left-handed people.
Aogami-Super (Hitachi Metals Ltd.) is one of the most outstanding Japanese carbon steels. In addition to containing more Carbon, Chromium, and Tungsten than Blue Steel #1, it includes Molybdenum. It has excellent edge sharpness and edge retention but is also capable of attaining high hardness without being brittle. Consequently, many knife enthusiasts rate Aogami Super as one of the world's very best high carbon steels.