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SHIKI 黒龍 Black Dragon Series Santoku 180mm (7 inch, California Buckeye Wood Handle)

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To distinguish these very special ‘SHIKI Black Dragon Series High-End Custom’ knife “ from other SHIKI brand knives, Master Craftsman Mr. Masui has selected to use only the very best materials and has spent even more time to ensure that every production process, particularly the detailed hand finishing, is performed faultlessly.

“California Buck Eye” resin-stabilized wood and arranged to have it specially imported from the U.S.A. This beautiful wood has a natural and dramatic figure that varies in color from an attractive warm cream through to a smokey-gray. The ‘California Buck Eye’ handle scales and the seamlessly welded stainless steel bolster are nicely hand contoured, for perfect balance and comfortable grip. Three gorgeous decorative Mosaic Pins add an elegant accent and contrast nicely with the unique wood handle.

The special matt finish and silver-gray coloring of the VG-10 Nickel Damascus blade (HRC 60 to 61) is also specially developed to beautifully echo the figure and color of the ‘California Buck Eye’ handle scales.

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: SHIKI Black Dragon Series Santoku

Blade Material: VG-10 Nickel Damascus

Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60 to 61

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

Handle Material: California Buck Eye Wood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster

Saya Included: No.


Santoku 180mm (7")
Cutting edge length: 185mm
Total Length: 305mm
Blade Thickness: 2.2mm
Blade Width: 47mm
Handle Length: 113mm
Total Weight: 180g



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 quality and performance of Japanese knives are best in the world and hope you enjoy fine craftsmanship and spirits from your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knives can be your special cooking partner for long time.



This is the Stainless steel blade kitchen knife, which has good rust resistance for easy maintenance. However even stainless steel blade kitchen knife has rust situation if you leave it with wet condition. 

  • Before starting to use the knife, please wash it with water for cleaning up.
  • Please do not put this knife in the dishwasher, please hand wash.
  • Please do not leave this knife in water or wet condition for long time.
  • After using, please hand wash it and wipe it clean and dry with soft clothes. (Includes bolster and handle part)
  • 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, hard foods such as lobster and crab which have hard surface.
  • We recommend re-sharpening the knife using Japanese whetstones, when it gets dull.
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    Dmitrii M.
    Russia Russia
    I recommend this product

    SHIKI Black Dragon Series Santoku 180mm

    Very nice knife. Well sharpened. Beautiful hilt and blade. A bit brittle blade edge, but nothing critical.

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    Edward H.

    A thing of beauty

    Years ago, I bought one of these and put it away without using it. I came across it recently and was bowled over at how beautiful it is. I’ve been on a hunt to find out what it was  Euntil just now. To put this in perspective, my favourites are the JCK Original Kagayaki R-2 Damascus Series with forged blade; they truly are a thing of beauty. My everyday knives are Hiromoto Tenmi Jyuraku Damascus VG10 and Aogami Super. At 2.2mm, the SHIKI Black Dragon has noticeably more weight in its blade that the Kagayaki R-2 Damascus. The cheeks are polished enough so that it feels good to cut deeply with it. If you’re looking for beautiful western-style knife without western writing on it, and with good steel at its core, this one really is a strong candidate.

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