Sukenari ZDP-189 Santou knife with a 190mm blade.
Top Quality steel from a Top Maker
ZDP-189 is a fairly new super steel from Hitachi. The steel can be heat treated to an impressive 67-68 hrc and is still stainless. Sukenari is the leading maker for ZDP-189 steel and the knives have a long lead time. It is a very difficult steel to forge and also quite expensive. Sukenari uses coal for heating the steel as gas will add too much moisture in the forging process.
The knives have a ZDP189 core and are clad in softer stainless steel so you have the full advantages of this brilliant steel. This is called San Mai (3 sheets) so the knife has 3 layers.
Sukenari is a small maker from Toyama. Their work is extremely tidy and you can see the skills on any of their products. The octagonal handles are made out of Ebony wood with a buffalo horn ferrule and a cool white spacer between the handle and the ferrule. These knives are truly high end and won’t disappoint any knife connoisseurs.
The Sukenari Santoku is one of the longest Santoku knives we have!
- weight: 189gr
- blade length: 184mm
- total length: 338mm
- hrc: 67-68