The handle of the Santoku Double Oak knife is made of 2 parts of Oak harvested from the same area, but with a 2000 year difference in age. The dark part of this knife has been used as wood for a Roman water well, around 2000 year ago, and the light part was delivered to us last winter by a local farmer. The size and somewhat Japanese style of this knife makes it excellent for slicing flawless chunks of Salmon, soft veggies or tender strips of meat.
The Roman Oak which we use for the handle of this knife is a story on it’s own… This wood has been used by the Romans to make water wells around 2000 years ago! It has recently been discovered in Veldhoven, a village in the south of the Netherlands. During archaeological excavations over 40 wells were found, ranging from the Iron Age, to the Roman era and the Middle Ages. Through our connections we were lucky enough to get our hands on some beautiful pieces of this Roman Oak. Over time the wood has totally become black from being in the acidic ground for so long.
As this is a carbon steel, the blade will form a slight patina over time. This is normal and is actually the mark of a beautifully used knife. Please note, however, that a carbon knife does require more maintenance than its stainless steel counterpart, mainly that it must be washed or wiped clean shortly after each use to prevent unwanted rust or stains.