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Master Saito Custom Core-Less Damascus Santoku 170mm (6.6 inch, Lace Wood Handle) (SA-37)

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At the Seki Outdoor Knife Show in October 2014, I fell in love with this unusual handmade knife. When I picked it up and had a closer look, I saw that every little detail had been carefully taken care of, it had perfect grip and balance, and overall it was the fruit of its creator's spirit and philosophy. Hiroshi Saito, the maker of this knife, has been dedicating long years to creating custom knives. The making process of custom knives is very different from that of factory knives, which follows many standardized automatic steps. Making custom knives requires effort, and the value of the final product lies in how the product reflects the creator's philosophy and skill to perfection.

The slightly rounded curved shape of handmade handle and stainless bolster are designed to match the beautiful and unique Core-Less Damascus Up-Swept blade shape and to fit the so-called 'pinch grip', the way many numbers of users hold a knife. Designed to be easy to grip, the Lace Wood handle is hand contoured and finished for universal use.

What is Core-Less Damascus ?

As you know, the clad metal is produced by forging different layers of meal together, taking advantage of the strength of each piece as an integrated unit while ensuring any weaknesses are balanced out by each layer. With this clad technology, they have succeeded in forging two different Haganes of VG-10 and VG-2 steel layers together. It was considered to be impossible to forge two different high carbon steels together. It is layered of total 70 very thin VG-10 and VG-2 steels, that makes a Core-less multi-layer stainless Damascus steel. Thanks for this state-of-art technology that made it possible to compose of a perfect blend that produces a long-lasting and extremely sharp cutting edge, in addition to the resistance to bending, breaking and rusting. This blend layers also feature a beautiful vortex Damascus patterns.

Beautiful Core-Less Damascus blade matches well with the hand contoured Lace Wood Handle. 

For all those who love cooking, from professional chefs to people cooking at home, if you are looking for slightly different, high quality handmade knives, the Saito knife are IT!

The tall blade and rounded nose / tip of the Santoku make it a versatile knife that is well suited to cutting meat, fish, or vegetables; Hence it’s name, which literally means “Three-purpose”. The Santoku is often recommended as a multi-purpose kitchen knife.

Knife Model: Saito Custom Core-Less Damascus Santoku

Blade Material: Core-Less Damascus

Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60 to 61

Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50

Handle Material: Lace Wood Handle

Saya Included: No.

Santoku 170mm (6.6")   

(Lace Wood Handle)
Cutting edge length: 172mm
Total Length: 300mm
Blade Thickness: 2.2mm
Blade Width: 45mm
Handle Length: 122mm
Total Weight: 140g



This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.

For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems.  

We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy fine craftsmanship and sharp edge with your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for long times.



This is the Stainless steel blade kitchen knife that has a good rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.

  • Please do not put the knife in the dishwasher machine for cleaning.
  • Please do not leave the knife in water or wet condition for long time.
  • After using, please hand wash the blade, bolster and handle thoroughly, and wipe it clean and dry with soft clothes, and keep it in dry place.
  • This is an extremely sharp knife. Please use special cares in using and storing it.
  • Unlike German made knives, Japanese knife blades are ground to thin cutting edge for sharper cutting and easier re-sharpening. Please protect the edge from hitting hard materials to avoid chipping or cracking.
  • Please do not use it to cut bone or frozen foods, any hard shell foods such as lobster and crab.
  • We recommend using Japanese whetstones to re-sharpen the knife, when it gets dull.

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