$450.00 USD


The Smith River Santoku Knife was crafted to be the perfect companion to the Big Horn Chef Knife. Where the Santoku shines is tackling any task that doesn’t require the extra length, weight and slicing power of a larger chef’s knife. The Santoku’s smaller size, thinner blade & lighter weight, make it perfectly suited for tasks that require speed and precision over heavy duty cutting. In Japanese cooking, the santoku knife typically serves as a vegetable knife. It’s handy for slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing things like carrots, peppers, onions, cabbage, and any other veggies, fruits, herbs or seafood in your kitchen.



We asked renowned knife maker Mareko Maumasi — with his extensive knowledge as a bladesmith and experience in the restaurant industry — to join MKC and design our first line of culinary knives. Like the Bighorn Chef’s Knife, the MKC Santoku Knife benefits from Mareko’s extensive experience in commercial kitchens. He knows exactly what a santoku design needs in order to create a functional, ergonomic, durable blade. The size & shape of a santoku knife makes it the go-to knife for people across a wide range of ages and kitchen experience. I personally reach for the MKC Santoku Knife’s shorter, 7-inch length daily — because it’s just so handy, light, inviting, and friendly to use.



MAGNACUT Stainless Steel
As a cryogenically heat-treated stainless steel, MAGNACUT provides the perfect blend of toughness, edge retention, and corrosion resistance. Unlike other stainless steel blades, MAGNACUT can be easily resharpened — even by novice knife owners. More wear-resistant than other stainless steels, and more corrosion-resistant than carbon steel, MAGNACUT is in a class of its own. Learn more about MAGNACUT Stainless Steel from the creator: Larrin Thomas.
Lightweight Ergonomic Handle
The Santoku knife scales feature the same versatile G-10 scales as all our flagship knives. A slightly slightly smaller handle than the Chef Knife, makes this comfortable and efficient for any precision cutting, no matter how demanding the job or size of group you’re feeding.
Versatile Blade Shape
Mareko designed the Santoku Knife’s tip to drop sharply down so owners can easily use it for fine chopping work or precision work like coring an apple. The wide blade also makes it perfect for scooping food off the cutting board.
Angled Heel & Knuckle Clearance
The spine of the MKC Santoku sweeps up, and the wide blade and angled heel provide plenty of hand and knuckle clearance between you and your cutting surface.
Free Sharpening For Life & Beyond:
Generations® is our promise to restore your knife to its original, unmatched working condition. MKC will clean, sharpen, repair, and even reshape your blades when necessary, as well as rewrapping handles free of charge. While we perform all necessary sharpening and maintenance, our aim is not to return your knife to its brand new appearance. Learn more about MKC Generations Promise.


Every Smith River Santoku Knife comes equipped with its own custom-molded Kydex sheath with a slip that covers the edge & tip of the blade and snaps on tight. This allows you to throw the knife in your hunting pack, keep it at basecamp or store it safely in your kitchen to protect the edge from other tools – and your fingers.  

  • Blade Steel: Magnacut Stainless Steel

  • Full Tang Construction

  • Handle Material: G-10

  • Sheath: Black Kydex Travel Sheath

  • Finish: Black Cerakote

  • Overall Length: 11 1/2”

  • Blade Length: 6 7/8”

  • Knife Weight: 7.28 oz

  • 100% Made in the USA

  • Hand Finished in Montana

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Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Makenna Campbell


Cody McLellan
Unbelievably sharp

Love it. Extremely sharp. Actually quite scared if it

Adam Coates
Smith River Santoku

Best kitchen knife I've ever had. I find myself cooking just to use it. Put it to good work cleaning this years deer heart. The tip was great for detailed work. Sharp, precise, and an all around user!

Daniel Pontius
Another knife I will have forever

MKC doesn't fuck around when they make a new knife, so of course they decide to make the greatest kitchen knife I have ever laid hands on. I approached it skeptically since I already have my go-to Santoku and Chefs knives, but immediately the weight and feel of the knife won me over. The blade stays stable with no attempt to turn in the hand, and it rocks nicely for dicing/chopping. The edge is ridiculously sharp, but unlike my other kitchen knives it has been 3 weeks of near daily use and I have not had to touch the edge up. Safe to say the Smith River will be the new favorite in my kitchen, and now I'll probably have to compete the set.

Jason Nussbaum
Best Knives

I have all 3 chef's knives and have used each on of them. They have all been just as spectacular as their outdoors knives. MKC you continue to push the bar!