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Shun Kaji Hollow-Ground Santoku Knife

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From our premium Kaji line by Shun, this santoku is handcrafted in Japan and blends new technology with centuries-old traditions of handcraftsmanship. A versatile knife for chopping and slicing, the santoku combines the benefits of a cleaver and a chef's knife. Hollow-ground indentations on its blade reduce friction and minimize sticking.

  • 65-layer blade features a premium SG-2 powdered steel cutting core clad in 64 layers of forged nickel/stainless steel Damascus.
  • Inspired by centuries-old samurai sword–making techniques, the blade's construction creates a supersharp cutting edge.
  • Wide, pointed blade is hollow ground with indentations that minimize sticking.
  • Handle is made of moisture-resistant, resin-infused PakkaWood, shaped for comfort and control.
  • This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level safety standards for professional kitchens.
  • Handcrafted in Japan.
  • A Williams Sonoma exclusive.
Dimensions & More Info
  • 5.5" Santoku: 5.5" long blade; 5 1/2"-long handle; 6.5 oz.
  • 7" Santoku: 7" long blade; 5 1/2"-long handle; 8.2 oz.
  • Handcrafted in Japan.
Use & Care


  • Always use caution when handling sharp objects.
  • Avoid cutting on hard surfaces such as stone, metal or glass.
  • It is not advisable to use any knife but a meat cleaver to cut through bone, as other blades can be easily damaged.


  • Hand-wash with warm water and a mild detergent; rinse and dry immediately.
  • Avoid cleaners containing bleach or citrus extracts.
  • Sharpen as needed. With regular use and honing once a week, your knife should not need sharpening more than once or twice a year.
  • Sharpen your knife at home using a whetstone or knife sharpener designed to sharpen at a 16-degree angle, or have it sharpened by a professional.
  • Store knife in a safe place to protect its edge and prevent injury.

Shipping Information

This item is shipped from our warehouse by UPS to arrive within 3-5 business days of our receiving your order.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cuts like a dream My 7" Shun Kaji Santoku cuts like a dream. The balance is flawless. I use it for prep work when I'd prefer a straighter edge than my Chef's Knife but more length than my Nakiri. Razor sharp, on a paper test it slid through the entire sheet with a perfectly clean line and zero effort. I have a carving knife, but I honestly prefer this Santoku now, it carves: roasts, tenderloin, steaks, and full turkeys with absolute ease and clean slices. You can use this to cut a steak or chicken into razor thin slices for sandwiches, ramen, etc. I highly recommend this knife.
    Date published: 2018-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Veggie Knife I was looking for a knife with the Japanese edge, much thinner than my Wusthof Classic knives, to prep vegetables. From reading reviews, these thin blades are more brittle, so I decided to buy an SG2 alloy rather than VG steel for added durability. I looked at Miyabi Birchwood and Artisan knives as well as some other Shun knives. It came down to balance, weight and the feel in my hand. I was surprised to find that the Kaji line was the clear winner. The ease of cutting veggies is such a welcome change. The swirl pattern adds to nothing sticking to the blade. I will need to hone it weekly and on occasion use a whetstone, but it is worth it. From reading other reviews, I took their advice and brought some ginger root to slice in addition to the carrots or celery provided in the store. I lucked out in that the sales person was very knowledgeable about knives!
    Date published: 2017-09-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this knife! It just can't get any better! I have several of these knifes and they are the best!
    Date published: 2016-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Hollow-Ground These knives are sharp and hold an edge better than most. The hollow-ground will release most moist foods much easier than a flat ground knife. I now have three (different sizes) and they are my "Go to" knives for all my cooking. Not sure what I would do without them!
    Date published: 2016-09-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT GIFT! This was purchased as a gift. If you want to score points with those around you that do all the cooking, this is the gift to give!
    Date published: 2015-01-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Piece of Art The Shun Kaji knife is a beautiful kitchen tool. It's extremely sharp blade slices thru most everything with great ease. It requires some care when handling due to its sharpness to avoid cutting one's self. I take great care to store it away from the grandchildren. It's a great knife!
    Date published: 2014-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Knife This is my first Shun Knife and I am impressed! The knife is solid, but not too heavy. You can feel its quality by simply holding it. It is razor sharp and cuts through everything beautifully. Highly recommend. A little pricey, but I got it on sale. I will build my knife collection piece by piece around the wonderful knife.
    Date published: 2013-11-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super sharp but inconsistent quality The knife is beautiful but I had to go through several to find one that didn't have a defect in the handle (uneven meeting of the tang & wood) or dimples in the blade. It is incredibly sharp and performs as well as one would expect a knife to for this price but, even giving leeway knowing that the knives are handmade, quality control isn’t great. I would buy in store so you know exactly what you're getting. Also, this is a much heavier knife than a Shun Classic or Global which gives it a good stable hold (extra weight is in the tang, not the blade), but personally I think for a weightier knife, a German knife is the way to go. My Wusthof Epicures perform just as well for our vegetarian diet, have a thick strong blade that holds an edge & withstands a beating (not as delicate as the Kaji's steel). Don't get me wrong, the Kaji line is impressive but isn’t a daily use knife for me as expected and, at this price point, took too much effort to find a knife that was satisfactory in quality.
    Date published: 2013-11-04
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