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FAQs

HOW TO CARE FOR A KNIFE?
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. From time-to-time you can also apply a tiny quantity of oil to the blade to prevent any oxidisation.

HOW TO SHARPEN A KNIFE?
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 YOU PRICE 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?”.