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For those that venture outside of Japanese-made kitchen knives, you need only scour the internet for a few minutes before you eventually come across the brand Dao Vua. Who are they and why have they taken the internet and market by storm? The story of Dao Vua and their kitchen knife price point is really where it begins.
Here is the short and dirty version of their humble beginnings, which you can easily find online. Dao Vua knives are handmade in Hanoi, Vietnam by barefoot Vietnamese bladesmiths, using recycled materials, from what they call leaf spring steel. At the price point of these knives, they are seriously impressive from build to sharpness. Though, they may not be for you if you struggle to take care of your knives. Being carbon steel even if with a kurouchi finish, they sharpen easily, but also oxidize easily so care should be taken to maintain a dry knife.
One of the main reasons you see and hear a lot about Dao Vua, is because not only do you get a good looking knife with a cool story attached to it at a reasonable price, despite being a start up of sorts, they have listened to their customers and adapted.
Enter Version 2 Dao Vua knives, also simply known as V2. In the V2 line, Dao Vua has been careful to include better crafted handles, thinner and sharper blades, refined the knife style to more generally look like a Japanese kitchen knife and fewer inconsistencies in build fit and finish. If you are looking to pick up your first Dao Vua, we highly recommend you pick up a V2 over a V1 so that you can see and feel the difference.
Some knife style definitions aren't worth reinventing, and this is the case with the 165mm santoku. Santoku translates to knife of three virtues [slice, dice, chop]. Though a santoku is suitable for just about anyone as a very multi-purpose knife, those that like to rock chop or have limited space in the kitchen will particularly enjoy this knife style.
Spine at heel: 2.0mm
Estimated HRC: 60
Steel: German Leaf Spring Reactive Carbon Steel
Grind: 50 / 50
Maker: Dao Vua Co-op
County: Viet Nam
Handle: Ebony and Padauk