The Fujitora factory of Niigata Japan aspired to produce a commercially successful knife that would be accessible to professional and amateur chefs alike. Their strategy saw them link up with the most famous of Japanese housewares designers, Komin Yamada who also designed the Global knife series to produce a series of quality yet value Japanese knives. The result was the development of the Tojiro Sha Ra Ku Mono series, made from a Molybdenum Vanadium steel to offer superior cutting performance and durability. The knives feature an elegant and stylish sweeping design evoking the history of the traditional Samurai katana sword. The handles of the knives are made from stainless steel and are hollow, making these knives feel extremely light. Tojiro Sha Ra Ku Mono knives are good value for a range of high carbon Japanese steel knives and have a hardness of 56 HRC.
Santoku is a Japanese word literally meaning 'three ways' and is used to describe the three cutting tasks that the knife is designed to do; slicing, dicing and mincing. The shape of the knife makes it great for Western type of cooking because the blade is flat, deep and strong, which makes the knife brilliant for cutting up lots of heavy root vegetables, such as potato, parsnips and ginger.