Spyderco's involvement in kitchen knives dates back to the early 1980's and the beginnings of the company's knife production. After being discontinued a number of years ago, they are now back by popular demand and better than ever.
The K08 Santoku has a special place in Spyderco's history, as we were the first company to introduce a commercial santoku into the U.S. market. This unique Japanese kitchen knife design straddles the line between a traditional Asian cleaver and a Western chef's knife and performs the tasks of both exceedingly well. Its 6.81-inch blade is made from premium MBS-26 stainless steel blade, ground exceptionally thin and meticulously heat treated for optimal edge retention. The durable black polypropylene plastic handle is injection molded directly onto the tang of the blade and features a distinctive "stepped" texture pattern that provides amazing comfort and control during use.
If you're a serious chef, you owe it to yourself to give the Santoku a try. Once you do, you'll wonder how you ever got along without one.
Blade Steel: MBS-26
Blade Thickness: 1/16" 1.6mm
Diam. Blade Hole: NA
Edge Type: PlainEdge
Handle Material: Sermollan
Length Blade: 6 1/2" 165mm
Length Cutting Edge: 6 9/16" 166mm
Length Overall: 12 1/8" 307mm
Weight: 5oz 140g
Quick! List the most respected and innovative knife companies you can think of. If you know anything about knives, Spyderco is somewhere near the top. Spyderco Inc. makes some of the most unique and downright bizarre knife designs you'll see on the market, but from the number of passionate fans discussing, debating, and learning everything they can about Spyderco knives, it's clear that the company has done something right.
From the Glesser Family and the Spyderco Crew:
Since starting Spyderco we've been told our knives are different, peculiar, even out there. All true. Thinking beyond established knife industry barriers allowed us to introduce new and radical innovations to the knife culture including: One-hand opening, serrations on a folder and a clip to attach a knife to a pocket.
We didn't go into business to rake in a mountain of dough we're here for more selfish reasons- indulging our passion for creating knives. Spyderco is definitely out of the norm in the knife industry in our dedication to researching and developing fresh, improved and better performing materials all with function and reliability being key.
Someone once said to Sal Glesser, Spyderco's owner, 'You must design in the dark because your knives look so strange.' True again. Our recognizable appearance is a result of designing ergonomic functional tools rather than applying lipstick and nylons to a pocketknife. We may look curious, homely, whatever, but we'll never be called unusable or undependable.
Making knives that consistently deliver reliable high-performance requires an ongoing commitment to testing. In our million-dollar testing facility we examine edge retention with a CATRA machine, look for rust development with Q-FOG, check the force needed to open and close a knife. We also repeatedly test for stress, wear, optimal heat-treating and actively search for higher quality, performance enhancing steels and materials.
As a customer you probably don't think about this, or much care, but it allows us to put forth a promise. When you purchase a Spyderco you are buying a high-quality reliable cutting tool designed and manufactured for peak performance and ergonomic comfort. Those Who Know Carry Spyderco.