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Mr. Itou

Mr. Itou R-2 Custom Damascus Small Santoku 135mm (5.3 inch , Abalone Handle, IT-808)

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In the year 2006, we had a chance to meet Mr. Itou and his impressive Custom Kitchen Knife Collections. We don’t forget the moment (the time we met Mr.Itou and his custom knives first time) and how his knives are impressive and unique. We started to introduce his fine custom knife collections for our customers then.

Since then, his knives have attracted many customers and they are also impressed with its outstanding cutting performance and edge retention.

Mr. Itou uses R-2 Powdered High Speed Tool Steel for the cutting edge of his knives (HRc. 62) and he also creates the incredibly beautiful and powerful appearance Damascus knives.

As seen on other expensive full tang custom knives, Mr. Itou hand tapers the blade tang in order to reduce weight and to perfectly balance the blade and handle. He contours and polishes the handle to ensure a perfect grip and an attractive finish. This knife comes with beautiful Abalone Handle.

Each one of Mr. Itou’s knives is a unique ‘one-off’, or ‘one-of-a-kind’ knife, that is 100% custom handmade and hammer forged.

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: Mr. Itou R-2 Custom Damascus Small Santoku

Blade Material: R-2 Damascus

Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62

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

Handle Material: Abalone Handle with Nickel Silver Bolster

Saya Included: No.


Small Santoku 135mm (5.3")
Total Length: 251mm
Blade Thickness: 2mm
Total Weight: 115g



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 Powdered High Speed Tool Steel blade kitchen knife that has a 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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David C.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Wonderful custom feel, high quality

Beautiful knife and very well made by Mr. Itou. These aspects encourage me to use it often, and it has performed excellently. His signature damascus style is not only beautiful to sight but also feel. It effectively functions as an anti-stick surface as well. Abalone shell is among my favorite knife adornments. I'm very glad to have had the chance to attain this functional piece of cutlery artwork. Thank you very much Itou san and JCK.

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Normand G.
Canada Canada
I recommend this product
Mr. Itou R-2 Custom Damascus Small Santoku 135mm

Bought this as a special gift to a family member who's learning to become a chef. When I received this item,I opened it to verify that all was as ordered...and was astounded at the sight of this knife. Pictures of it don't render the motifs and relief of that blade and the quality of the handle. The reaction of the recipient to receiving that knife as a gift was priceless...she considers it as more of a Jewel or piece of art and therefore was hesitant to use it at first. After a little over 8 months of use, it still doesn't need sharpening. To me, that knife is worth every single penny, for it's quality, look and design, and the wow factor. It really is a work of art....

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