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Linoroso Santoku Knife Review – Mako Series

1.4116 german steel

The Linoroso packaging is unique since it included a wooden block where you can store the knife. The knife has a mono-steel construction and is made with German steel. The knife handle comes in a very daring design that fits neatly in the included knife block. 

Linoroso Santoku Mako with included knife block
Linoroso Santoku Mako with included knife block
Linoroso Santoku Mako with included knife block
Linoroso Santoku Mako with included knife block

German Steel Core Material 1.4116

The 1.4116 German steel is a core material with good stainless properties.

Linoroso Santoku German 1.4116 Steel
Linoroso Santoku German 1.4116 Steel

Edge durability & sharpened angle

The knife is sharpened at a 12-degree angle per side. The core material is durable, so you don’t have to worry about chipping.  

Linoroso Santoku Mako 12 degrees sharpend angle
Linoroso Santoku Mako 12 degrees sharpend angle

Edge Retention

The Rockwell hardness of the Linoroso Santoku knife is advertised as 58+. However, during my testing, the blade Rockwell is around 56, significantly lower than advertised. Combined with the knife 12 degrees sharpened angle and a Rockwell of 56, the knife-edge can last around one month with regular honing sessions before needing whetstone maintenance.

Linoroso Santoku Mako Choil
Linoroso Santoku Mako Choil

Weight and Spine tapering 

The weight of around 195 grams is on the heavy side for a 6-inch Santoku. The blade does have a distal spine tapering. The heel thickness is 2.3mm, 2.2mm at the middle, and 1.5mm at the front (measured 1.5cm away from the point).

Distal spine tapering
Distal spine tapering

Knife handle

The knife handle design is on the unique side. It is a full tang handle with a design that I have not seen on any other knives. However, the knife design sacrifices the comfort of the handle.

Unique handle design
Unique handle design
Handle design sits neatly in the included knife bloc
Handle design sits neatly in the included knife block

Holding the knife at the bolster area is comfortable, but I’m losing grip on my pinky and ring finger. The balance point of this knife is also not helping either.

Losing grip on my pinky and ring finger if you hold it horizontally
Losing grip on my pinky and ring finger if you hold it horizontally (medium/large hand size)

If I point the knife up, the handle is very comfortable with no problems at all.

No comfort or grip problems with pointing the knife up
No comfort or grip problems with pointing the knife up

Since this is a Santoku, I use it with a cutting board, and for that purpose, the handle is not comfortable. 

However it is not a paring knife and therefore used on a cuttingboard and hold horizontally
However it is not a paring knife and therefore used on a cuttingboard and hold horizontally

Knife balance point

The balance point of this knife is at the handle.

Very back heavy/handle heavy
Very back heavy/handle heavy

If you pinch grip at the bolster or blade, the knife will be back-heavy. Combined with the handle design and knife style, the balance point is working against you with your cutting task on the cutting board. 

Forward cutting style not ideal due to the balance point
Forward cutting style not ideal due to the balance point

Knuckle Clearance

The knuckle clearance is also not helping either with the balance point. As with most back-heavy knives, it is comfortable to use a rocking motion, but there is pretty much no knuckle clearance. 

Even rocking is not ideal since there is no knuckle clearance unless you only use the knife at the edge of the cuttingboard
Even rocking is not ideal since there is no knuckle clearance unless you only use the knife at the edge of the cuttingboard

Blade profile

The blade profile is more on the hybrid side of a Santoku knife profile.

Hybrid Santoku Profile
Hybrid Santoku Profile

Final Conclusion and my Recommendation

The included knife block is a nice add-on. The fit and finish are good. However, Linorosso went too much into the design aspect without thinking about the knife’s actual functionality.

Linoroso Mako Series includes a knife block
Linoroso Mako Series includes a knife block

The knife handle is odd, especially if you have a medium to large hand size. The advertised Rockwell hardness of 58+ is not reached in my review sample, and it came close to 56.

Unique handle, great apeal for home cooks with the included block
Unique handle, very promising for home cooks with the included block

Combined with the balance point at the back and no knuckle clearance, the knife is working against you with your cutting task. The appeal with the knife storage block and aesthetic are excellent and promising, especially for home cooks. Unfortunately, the design and aesthetic to fit the knife block is sacrificing functionality.

Design sacrificing functionalty
Design sacrificing functionalty

The grantons are also questionable since it is only on one side, and as a right-handed person, I don’t see the potential of having it on one side.        

No benefits of having it on one side only especially if you are right handed
No benefits of having it on one side
Grantons only on one side
No benefits of having it on one side only especially if you are right handed

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