Murata Aogami 1 – Santoku 165mm



Takeo Murata is a blacksmith from Kochi Japan. He started his apprenticeship at 16 in 1965 and is very well known for his craftsmanship and the balance of his knives.

The Murata Santoku is a well balanced with a really nice Black hammered Kurouchi finish. The blade is hand forged from Blue #1 carbon steel Cladded in Softer Iron for added protection. The Murata Santoku is a knife that needs a bit of TLC as the steel is fully reactive but will patina very nicely overtime.

We do recommend grabbing a Rust eraser or Camellia oil for maintenance.

The Santoku is a multi-purpose knife with a blade profile that allows for great versatility and due to this as well as its smaller form factor, it has become very popular in Western kitchens.


Rockwell Hardness is 61-63.


Care Instructions:

  • Wash and dry the blade by hand immediately after use. Dishwashers are very bad for all knives.
  • Use a soft cloth to wash the blade. Avoid abrasive dish scrubbers and powders as these can damage the finish of your beautiful knife.
  • Do not cut through bones. You can certainly cut along/beside bones, but do not cut into bones. This can, at worst, chip the blade.
  • Never use this knife to cut frozen food. I’m sure you have a 4×4 somewhere in your kitchen for this job.
  • Never twist, cleave or prise the blade.
  • Always use a wooden or plastic cutting board. Never cut on bamboo, glass, marble, slate, a plate, china, marble, arborite or anything harder than steel.
  • Store knives in a way that the blades will not knock into each other.
  • Never transport knives unprotected.




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