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Nakiyo Elite 7" Santoku

Nakiyo Elite 7" Santoku

Regular price $96.00
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Nakiyo Elite is a hybrid series that combines Japanese steel and style with European balance and construction to create a knife that cuts like a traditional blade but feels solid and familiar in the hand. Made with hard, stainless Damascus steel and ultra-durable micarta, Elite is built to withstand the rigors of the home or commercial kitchen.


The santoku bōchō (三徳包丁) is a Japanese chef’s knife that combines the best features of the gyuto, the Western-pattern chef’s knife, and the nakiri, the Japanese vegetable knife. Its name, which means “knife of three virtues,” can refer either to its ability to cut meat, fish, and vegetables, or to the three functions of slicing, chopping, and dicing. The broad blade and gently curving edge, much like the nakiri, allow it to chop and dice produce more easily and comfortably than the gyuto. The downward-curving tip, a compromise between the square end of the nakiri and the narrow tip of the gyuto, facilitates fine cutting without sacrificing any chopping power.


Nakiyo Elite blades are forged from 67-layer Damascus steel, which is made by repeatedly folding and forge welding two stainless steels with different carbon contents. The resulting material bears the elegant, wavelike pattern produced by its many fine layers—a testament to its strength, flexibility, and durability. This Damascus envelops a core of harder VG-10 cobalt alloy steel, a high-carbon stainless steel developed in Japan. Hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 60±2, it accommodates a long-lasting, razor-sharp edge.


Nakiyo Elite handles are made from ultra-durable micarta, a synthetic material composed of epoxy-infused linen. Alternating layers of black and white fabric give the handle an eye-catching look reminiscent of wood grain, which is accented by a ferrule and endcap of stainless steel. Unlike traditional Japanese knives, which have lightweight handles, the dense handle material and full tang lend the Damascus Elite series a heft akin to that of German knives.

Care & Maintenance

Wash your knife by hand with warm water, soap, and a soft sponge or dish towel. Avoid prolonged exposure to heat or moisture. Remember—there's no such thing as a dishwasher-safe knife!

To prevent edge chips, avoid impacts with hard surfaces. Don't chop bones, shells, or frozen food, and cut only on a wood or bamboo cutting board. Don't leave your knife where the edge might come in contact with something hard, such as in a sink or a drawer with other knives.

Store your knife so that the edge is protected from abrasion and impact. We recommend a magnetic stand, but you can also use a knife block with horizontal slots. If you must keep it in a drawer, use an edge protector. See our storage options here.


Sharpen on a whetstone at an angle of 15° per side and finish at a grit of at least 1000, but preferably 3000 or higher. Pull-through and electric sharpeners should be avoided for Japanese knives.

Alternatively, you can have your knives sharpened professionally. Seattle Cutlery offers a state-of-the-art, mail-in sharpening service for our own customers, but other services may be available to you locally.

Honing steels are not necessary to maintain Japanese knives. You can optionally touch up the edge with a high-grit sharpening stone or a ceramic sharpening rod.


All Nakiyo, Tojiro, Sabatier, and SeaCut products sold by Seattle Cutlery are covered by our lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. If you follow our care and maintenance advice and your knife ever fails during honest use, we will gladly repair or replace it. Our warranty does not cover regular wear and tear or damage due to misuse, but we may still be able to help in some cases.

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Customer Reviews

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Neil Allen

Our recent purchased from Seattle Cutlery was based on a few basic markers. First the quality of the knives was outstanding. They were sharp (of course) but made with quality steel and well balanced in my hand. Secondly, the knowledge of the salespeople was what one expects from a quality perspective. They were not pushy, even demonstrating and understanding our particular needs. Thirdly, the prices were “reasonable” in my opinion. I had actually expected a higher price based on the quality of the product. I highly recommend these knives to anyone who wants a quality product and service at a reasonable prices.


Length: 180 mm (7.1") blade, 310 mm (12.2") overall

Weight: 225 g (7.9 oz)

Blade: 67-layer Damascus with VG10 cobalt alloy core

Edge: Double bevel with Granton edge

Handle Material: Linen micarta with steel ferrule and end cap

Handle Shape: Oval