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FAQs

Care & Maintenance
Looking after Katto knives couldn't be simpler.  Just wash them in warm water and kitchen soap, dry immediately and store in the scabbard provided. If you do need to sharpen a knife, we recommend using a Japanese whetstone (as below). Or alternatively, why not send in your knife for a free knife sharpening?


How do you make your knives?

Handmade in the UK, our knives combine super sharp Japanese steel blades with hand-carved wooden handles. Our blades are precision-forged to our design and specification in Asia before we hand carve and fit their handles here in our workshop.

What steel do you use?

We use only AUS-10 Japanese steel with a Rockwell rating of 58-60 HRC. We believe this makes our knives strong but flexible; and ultra sharp without being brittle or difficult to sharpen. 

Is your wood sustainable?

For our hand-carved handles we use only the most sustainable FSA 100% certified woods. Wherever possible we use wind-felled timber and we only ever use natural oils to finish. Certainly we don’t use any dangerous chemicals or harsh stains. Our (current) favourite woods are walnut and ash; but we reserve the right to change our minds!

How do we price our knives?

People often ask how we’re able to hand make knives for under £150 each. The main reasons are:

1. Economies of scale - because we only produce three blade sizes we can focus production and produce blades at a lower unit cost.

2. We only sell directly to customers - this means that we don't have to fork out for expensive retail space, or artificially inflate prices to account for wholesale.

3. We accept a lower margin - most folks work out their prices by taking their costs and multiplying by 2 or 3 or 10. We do it the other way around and ask “How much would we be happy to pay for this?”.