Robert Herder Santoku Knife
This universal kitchen knife has three virtues and is ideal for all fish, meat and vegetable preparation. Perfectly balanced, the broad blade cuts effortlessly through vegetables, fish or meat.
The blade is made of exceptionally high quality non-stainless (carbon) steel. It has a very fine, traditional Solingen thin grind and is fine-glazed by hand and can be sharpened with a ceramic sharpening rod, a sharpening steel or a sharpening stone.
The handles are handmade from beech and honed, polished and oiled by a master craftsmen.
- Care Instructions
- Best Used for chopping fruits, vegetables on a cutting board or for filleting and carving fish and meats.
- Handle: Beech Wood
- Blade: Carbon Steel
- Blade Length 165 mm / 6.25 in
- Overall Length 300 mm / 11.8 in
From the Robert Herder Collection
"Good Knives are made by hand." Robert Herder has been living this mantra since 1872 - skillfully crafting the finest quality knives with great precision, skill and patience.
Unlike most knives on the market today, Robert Herder's collection is still ground utilizing a dry fine grinding method and blue glazed by hand - a complex process that requires years of training to perfect. The result is an extremely hard blade that maintains a sharp edge and can be thin enough to make the most intricate of cuts.
Each knife undergoes an intense process of more than 67 working steps. From a skilled craftsman's hand to yours, rest assured that this knife will be your go-to blade for years to come.
Care of Carbon Steel Blades
Over time, carbon steel blades gradually discolour from use and a dark patina forms. It is completely harmless and has no effect on how the knife functions.
However if you wish, the blade can be brightened with “Vienna chalk” or a scouring agent and a coarse sponge. This returns the blade nearly to its first shine.
Easy to Sharpen
A further advantage of this material is that it is very easy to resharpen. Although it is rarely necessary, in order to recover the first-cut-sharpness the blade only needs 2 or 3 strokes on a ceramic sharpening stick or a whetstone.
Cleaning of the Blades
For cleaning the blades, fine calcium carbon-ate powder, cigar ash, soap detergent or just a scrub sponge is recommended. These remove the dark oxidation surface from the blade, but note: it naturally will darken again.
It is better to leave the dark colour, as this is its ”working-colour“. The dark colour is comparable to the calluses on the hands of someone who has worked their whole life. The easiest thing is to rinse it under running water after use and to dry it carefully. This will reduce discolouration.
Care of Wooden Handles
Do not soak your wood handles in washing-up water. They are also not suitable for dishwashers as this would bleach and dry out the wood. The best cleaning method is under a running tap, holding the point of the blade downwards and quickly drying with a cloth thereafter.
This grain and the different shades of colour are accentuated even more if you apply natural wood care oil from time to time.
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Robert Herder Santoku Knife
320 W Cordova Street
Old Faithful Shop
Vancouver BC V6B 2V2