Santoku is a classic Japanese knife. The blade is narrow, sharp and high – this makes the knife the perfect tool when cutting vegetables finely. The high blade helps to protect the fingers from the sharp cutting edge – even when speed is of the essence.
Endeavour [en-de-var] means “to strive”. The professional chef’s knives in the Endeavour range are made of Damascus steel. The middle of the blade’s cutting edge is enveloped by 33 layers of beautifully forged steel on each side. This method of manufacturing gives the Endeavour knives their characteristic appearance and makes them extremely sharp and durable. The Damascus forging technique was widespread during the Samurai days of glory when the sword makers from Seki achieved a legendary reputation for their Damascus swords. Technically, the Japanese masters leaned on a forging tradition that is alleged to come from Damascus. Hence, the name Damascus steel.
* The hardness of steel is measured in the Rockwell-scale. It is measured by pressing a standardized diamond cone into the steel, to a certain depth. The acquired force used is used to calculate the value on the Rockwell-scale. The harder the steel — the higher the score on the scale.
Most knives register a hardness of 51-53 HRC.
Damascus Steel 59-60 HRC*