Hammer Stahl 5.5″ Santoku Knife

By Robert Robillard on Kitchens, Tools PLUS!

A Kitchen Tool Like No Other!

Readers of this site know I’m a big fan of quality tools.

When you say tools most people think of mechanics, carpenter and trades-person type tools.  But there are other tools as well . . .  kitchen tools.

There are many kitchen tools but none so sexy as a quality cutting utensil.

If you enjoy cooking or are just a lonely sous-chef like me then you know how important sharp, quality knives are.   As my wife’s Sous-chef,  my favorite knife is a Santoku knife.

A Santoku knife is a general-purpose knife that originated in Japan and has a reputation for being a well balanced cutting tool.  Its blade is typically between 5 and 8 inches (13 and 20 cm) long, and has a flat edge and a sheep’s foot blade that curves in an angle approaching 60 degrees at the point and is a perfect tool to slice, dice and mince vegetables.

I recently acquired a 5.5″ Hammer Stahl Santoku Knife and placed it into my wife’s sous-chef service.  Like many German-made tools this one is of high quality.

First Impression:

The minute I saw and then touched the Hammer Stahl 5.5″ Santoku knife  I knew it was a quality instrument.  Super  comfortable, and well-balanced I was first attracted to the handsome Quad tang and exotic Pakkawood wood handle.

Once I held and wielded this knife I fell in love with its weight and balance.  When held correctly this  knife literally can be rocked up and down with your pinkie in a fast, efficient chopping fashion.

Hammer Stahl’s Santoku is hand-forged from premium high carbon stainless steel in Solingen, Germany.  The edge is then applied using the Japanese tapered style to create a razor sharp cutting edge , and being hand-forged and ice-hardened it can be honed to keep its razor sharp edge.

The Hammer Stahl Santoku knife and all Hammer Stahl cutlery comes with a lifetime warranty.

Using The Hammer Stahl Santoku Knife:

I keep repeating myself but the balance and weight of this cutting toll is amazing.    I was amazed at how sharp and easy this knife was to slice, dice and mince right out of the box.  Most knives I’ve bought needed to be sharpened before placing them in service, not this one!

The handle of the Santoku knife is super comfortable and the first time I used it I found myself cutting way more vegetables than the recipe called for, just to use the knife.    You need to try this to believe it.

What I Like About These Knives:

All of the Hammer Stahl knives are constructed with high quality X50 Cr MoV 15 high carbon steel. [Rockwell hardness of 55-57]  The knife edges have a taper ground edge which make them durable and super sharp and hold their edge.

The Quad Tang design of the handle gives this knife strength and a really cool and unique design.

How Much And Where To Buy:

At $75.00 the price point of this Hammer Stahl knife is an easy choice.   When considering that this knife, cared for properly will last a lifetime the cost is a no brain-er!

You get what you pay for and this knife is a perfect example.  Oh yea – Hammer Stahl has a lifetime warranty and will even sharpen your knife for free, all you do is pay the shipping.

To purchase this knife go to this site:  Bella Gourmet

 Overall Impression:

I think I’ve said it all, if your a kitchen rat like me or just appreciate a durable, quality, good looking knife,  you need this knife!

Well done Hammer Stahl!

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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