Ouka Santoku - 165mm, Gingami #3 Steel
This premium knife is made entirely by hand at the Nigara forge in Aomori prefecture. With 350 years of blacksmithing history, the Nigara forge can trace it's work back to the first sword it produced for local lord Tsugaru Tsumugi.
The word Santoku translates as "three virtues" or "three uses", and it is from it's versatility that this knife gets it's name. Equally adept at preparing meat, fish or vegetables, the santoku can be rocked on it's point to slice as well as used to chop.
The octagonally profiled handle uses black pakka wood and honduras rosewood and is comfortable for both left and right handed chefs and cooks, while the heel of the blade is relieved to allow a high grip on the knife when required.
The blade is a lamination of hand-hammered outer leaves with a Gingami (silver-paper steel) #3 steel cutting edge. Gingami is a premium stainless steel from premiere Japanese maufacturer Hitachi heavy metals. It combines the usually mutually exclusive properties of good sharpness and edge retention while not tarnishing or rusting when well maintained.
As with all handmade knives, this beautiful piece of functional art should be cleaned by hand washing only (please avoid the dishwasher) and dried after use. While it's fine profile makes it a fantastic performer on the bench top, it should not be used to cut frozen foods or bones. Between uses, we recommend giving the knife a light coat of camellia oil to protect it from moisture and rust and storing in a dry place.
For best results, all Japanese knives should be sharpened periodically. For those who are starting out in the world of sharpening, we recommend our Complete Sharpening Kit as a cost effective beginning point.
Cutting Edge length: 165mm
Blade Length: 185mm
Overall length: 315mm
At JTA we are proud of our order turnaround times and work hard to ensure the best possible service. Our shipping policy has been developed to provide a fast, safe and environmentally sustainable shopping experience for all of our customers.
We are NOT a drop-shipping company and hold all of our stock in Sydney. We dispatch every weekday, and we are usually able to dispatch orders received before 12pm on the same day. If you urgently require your purchase to be dispatched on the day you order it we suggest that you call us or be sure to select express shipping at checkout to ensure we prioritise your parcel.
We have revised our logistics systems to offer the best possible postage price to our customers. All prices are in $AUD. Dispatch within 24hrs of purchase.
Regular Post: $9.00, tracking number emailed to you at dispatch
Express Post: $15.50, tracking number emailed to you at dispatch
Within New Zealand:
We are now able to offer our New Zealand customers $15 flat-rate shipping on orders under 2kg. For orders heavier than 2kg the following rates apply:
Prices to Canada and US:
Express Courier International:
Estimated Delivery Time - 3-5 Business Days (to metro areas of major cities)
Flat Rate - AU$30 on orders up to 2kg (4.4lbs)
For orders over this weight:
For orders over 5kg in weight, please email us at email@example.com
Prices for all other international orders are calculated at checkout according to Australia Post’s standard rates.
From the date of dispatch we expect the following delivery times within Australia:
Regular Post: Within 3-5 business days (metro areas) or 4-8 business days (remote areas)
Express Post: 1-2 business days (metro areas) or 2-4 business days (remote areas)
Japanese Tools Australia is an environmentally conscious company and we endeavour to eliminate plastics in as many parts of our business as possible. Your purchase will be shipped in recyclable non-plastic materials, and we re-use cardboard and paper wherever possible in our shipping process.
Exceptions to plastic-free policy:
Unfortunately, we are required to dispatch some express items in pre-paid satchels and in such circumstances we have no choice but to use a plastic satchel. Please keep in mind these satchels are 100% recyclable. Our suppliers also use plastic in their packaging of some products, and we do not remove these protective measures before shipping. We are considering strategies to eliminate these two remaining sources of plastic in our shipping process. As many of our items are hand-made, they do not arrive to us or to you with extraneous packaging, though this is not the case for all of our products.
Breakage in shipping policy:
We pack our shipments in specialised materials to ensure that our customers find them in the same condition that we send them. If you receive your products in a damaged condition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number and photos of the condition of the products within a week of collection. If an item is deemed to have been damaged in transit we will replace it with like kind at no extra shipping cost to the customer.
If you are unhappy with the condition of your product and it has not been damaged in transit, please refer to our returns and exchanges policy.
We stand behind the quality of our tools. If a tool is found to be faulty or damaged in transit, we will verify the issue with you, and offer a refund or exchange when the problem is brought to our attention within 30 days from purchase. If problems arise outside of this period this policy will apply at our discretion. Where a refund or exchange is agreed upon, we will mail you a paid addressed bag to return your items, verify their condition once we receive them, and then process a refund or mail the new item.
If a tool is purchased as a present or the purchaser changes their mind, we will exchange for stock of equal value or store credit when we are contacted within 2 weeks of the purchase. We ask that the customer covers the cost of shipping in these instances. We will take a payment for shipping over the phone, send you a paid addressed envelope, verify the goods' condition once we receive them, and then mail the new item.
If a tool is damaged through improper use, we encourage you to contact us. We may not be able to exchange the tool, but may be able to offer advice on technique or recommend a more appropriate tool. Where possible, we encourage our cutomers to ask us questions about our tools' use before they purchase them. We can be contacted at email@example.com or 02 9527 3870.
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