The Hammer Tone is the premium Fujimoto line, with its striking good looks and sexy shine. The Hammer Tone name comes from the freshly forged look and the X-shaped hammer marks on the carbonized “kurochi” surface. The octagonal walnut handle accents the blade’s look and fits perfectly into any size of hand. This gives the blade an overall light feeling and forward balance.
The core steel is SLD stainless steel, which was originally designed by Hitachi for cutting other steels. It holds an edge as well as a carbon steel but is much easier to care for.
About the Knife Shape Santoku
Santoku knives first appeared in the mid-20th century, post-World War II, as a home cook’s alternative to the traditional vegetable cleaver, called a “Nakiri.” While retaining the Nakiri’s height and straight edge, Santoku knives added a friendly “sheep’s foot” tip that curves down toward the edge to form a gentle point.
Santoku means ‘Three Virtues’ or ‘To solve Three Problems’. The three virtues are meat, fish and vegetables, or slicing, dicing and mincing depending on your interpretation. This means that the Santoku is an all-around knife suitable for the amateur home cook and the professional chef alike. The height means good clearance for big hands, while the relatively short blade can be wielded by anyone. They have become the most popular style of Japanese Knife worldwide.