ZDP-189 is a one of the new generation Powdered Metallurgy High-Speed Tool Steels and it is produced by Hitachi Metals Ltd. Needless to say, knife enthusiasts have rated ZDP-189 as one of the very best steels for making premium cutlery.
Sukenari’s knowledge of traditional forging processes and vast experience with modern high performance steels has proved to be invaluable when working with these new high performance steels.
The ZDP-189 core blade steel (HRc. 65) is forge-welded with Stainless Damascus steel cladding, which is made with alternating layers of Nickel Steel and Stainless Steel. The blade is beautifully mirror polished and finished so that the white color of Nickel Steel layers vividly contrast with the glossy silver color of the Stainless Steel layers.
This knife has a unique natural wooden texture of octagonal Bocote wood handle, which has a buffalo horn ferrule. For safekeeping, this knife comes with a matching Black Lacquered wood Saya (Sheath) with a black pakkawood Saya pin.
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: Sukenari ZDP-189 Nickel Damascus Wa Santoku
Blade Material: ZDP-189 Nickel Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 65
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Octagonal Shaped Bocote Wooden Handle with Water Buffalo Horn Ferrule
Saya Included: Yes.
Wa Santoku 190mm (7.4")
Cutting edge length: 188mm
Total Length: 338mm
Blade Thickness: 2.6mm
Blade Width: 48mm
Handle Length: 135mm
Total Weight: 173g
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.
Great knife, great fit and finish. The knife is a little on the expensive side, but it's completely worth it. Sukenari is one of the better brands out there, and in my opinion, probably one of the best knives you can buy in ZDP-189.