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JCK Original Kagayaki R-2 Damascus Series KGRP-2 Santoku 175mm (6.8inch, Polished Blade)

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For the core steel of this Damascus knife, Master Craftsman Mr. Gotou selected a special Powdered Metallurgy High Speed Tool Steel called “R-2”, which he heat-treats to HRc. 63. R-2 is made by a highly reputable Japanese company called Kobelco, and the steel offers remarkable cutting performance and edge retention. The two outer layers of the blade are made from a unique and elegantly patterned Damascus steel, which is comprised of alternating layers of white-colored nickel steel and sparkling mirror polished layers of steel.

This KAGAYAKI R-2 Damascus Series knife features a classic design, a comfortable black pakkawood handle, and a stainless steel bolster for better balance and improved durability. The knife also comes with a matching wooden Saya (Sheath) with a decorative black lacquer finish, which complements the appearance of the Micarta handle and Damascus blade very well.

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: JCK Original Kagayaki R-2 Damascus Series Santoku

Blade Material:  R-2 Damascus

Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 63

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

Handle Material: Black Pakkawood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster

Saya Included: Yes.


Santoku 175mm (6.8")
Cutting edge length: 175mm (6.8")
Total Length: 295mm (11.6")
Blade Thickness: 2mm (0.07")
Blade Width: 47mm (1.8")
Handle Length: 115mm (4.5")
Total Weight: 184g (6.4oz)



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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    Justin B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Great Company for knives

    I recieved exactly what I ordered. The knives are top of the line quality. You can not get this quality at any retail source. JCK is a business that takes their business seriously and it shows. I was very happy with my experience. Zero complaints.

    Matthew R.
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product

    Overall, great knife.

    First off, this is a wonderful blade. I really enjoy using it. Came very sharp out of the box, fit and finish was okay (I'll get to that), grind is quite nice too. Glides through product and looks absolutely beautiful. The one small gripe that I have with this knife is that it came with a rather large blemish in the polish on one side of the blade (didn't feel the need to contact JCK support about it as I'm sure I can polish it myself) but that's it. I would recommend this knife to anyone looking for something that great to use and look at. Quite satisfied, thanks guys!

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    Danielle H.
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product

    Beautiful knife

    The knife we ordered is perfect and I was super happy with how quickly it arrived. Will definitely buy more through these guys

    Peter W.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    I recommend this product

    Kagayaki R2 Damascus Santoku

    Excellent craftsmanship and supplied razor sharp. Fast and secure delivery. The edge holding on these R2 Damascus knives is superb. They are light and dexterous to use and the Saya is a welcome addition when carrying in a chef’s roll. I researched carefully before choosing these knives for my kitchen. I have two in each size in the series. They are very well priced.

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    Eugen T.
    Germany Germany
    I recommend this product

    JCK Original Kagayaki R-2 Damascus Series KGRP-2 Santoku 

    excellent knife, very beautiful, extremely sharp and durable

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