Takamura Chromax Hammered 170mm Santoku Knife with Black Handle
In 1945 research into stainless steels was still fairly limited. At that time Takamura Hamono became a forrunner in developing the best quality stainless steel knives available and has since spent 60 years perfecting their blends. They have created many different steel types to find theat perfect balance of edge retention and wear resistance. Their knives' unmatched cutting performance is recognized not only throughout Japan, but by famous chefs worldwide.
Chromax is a new steel developed by Takamura. It's a bit of a hybrid of stainless and carbon, bringing together the benefits of carbon performance (with an HRC of 64/65 and performance similar to Blue #2) but semi stainless (which means it's less susceptible to corrosion than normal carbon, but you do still have to keep it clean and dry). Clever.
Do not use the knife to chop hard materials such as bones or frozen items unless the knife is made for that specific purpose. Always ensure you keep your knife clean and dry, and sharpen it as required to prevent a dull edge.
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