K08 Santoku

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The K08 Santoku is part of Spyderco's kitchen knife series. It was also know as the 1108.

Appearance in catalogs

  • 1986 Spyderco Product Guide (K08BK appeared as the 1108 Kitchen Sharps)
  • 1987 Wholesale Prices & Order Form (K08BK appeared as the 1108 Kitchen "Sharps)
  • 1989 Wholesale Order Form (K08BK appeared as the 1108 Kitchen "Sharps")
  • 1990 Spyderco Product Guide (K08BK appeared as the 1108 Kitchen "Sharps")
  • 1990 Wholesale Price List (K08)
  • 1991 Wholesale Price List (K08)
  • 1992 Wholesale Price List (K08)
  • 1993 Spyderco Product Guide (K08 - called the Santoku)
  • 1994 Spyderco Product Guide (K08)
  • 1995 Wholesale Price List (K08)
  • 1996 Ironstone Product Guide (K08)
  • 1997 Spyderco Product Guide (K08)
  • 1998 Spyderco Product Guide (K08)
  • 1999 Spyderco Product Guide (K08)
  • 2000 Spyderco Product Guide (K08)
  • 2001 Spyderco Product Guide (K08)
  • 2002 Spyderco Product Guide (K08)
  • 2003 Spyderco Product Guide (K08)
  • 2004 Spyderco Product Guide (K08)
  • 2005 Spyderco Product Guide (K08)
  • 2017 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2018 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2019 Spyderco Product Guide
  • 2020 Spyderco Product Guide

Designer

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

K08 Santoku Polypropylene Black(re-release in 2017)

Spyderco’s involvement in kitchen knives dates back to the early 1980’s and the beginnings of the company’s knife production. After being discontinued a number of years ago, they are now back by popular demand and better than ever.

The K08 Santoku has a special place in Spyderco’s history, as we were the first company to introduce a commercial santoku into the U.S. market. This unique Japanese kitchen knife design straddles the line between a traditional Asian cleaver and a Western chef’s knife and performs the tasks of both exceedingly well. Its 6.81-inch blade is made from premium MBS-26 stainless steel blade, ground exceptionally thin and meticulously heat treated for optimal edge retention. The durable black polypropylene plastic handle is injection molded directly onto the tang of the blade and features a distinctive “stepped” texture pattern that provides amazing comfort and control during use.

If you’re a serious chef, you owe it to yourself to give the Santoku a try. Once you do, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one.[1]

Variations

The K08 is:

  • originally made by Masahiro (meaning Wide-Quality) in Seki City, Japan
  • does not feature Spyderco's trademark round hole
  • features a modified Sheepsfoot Blade shape
  • "each blade is individually heat treated, oil quenched, and ice tempered." (according to the 1996 Ironstone Product Guide)
SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Collectors club
1108 Black Sermollan PE MBS-26 1986?-1990 $24.00 (1986) Part of Spyderco's Professional-grade Kitchen "Sharps", would later become the K08BK. N/A Full Flat
K08BK Black Polypropylene PE MBS-26 2017 - $80.00(2020) re-release - small change to blade profile and handle. N/A Full Flat

Most collectible variation

The original K08 Santoku, complete with original box and papers in mint condition is likely to be the most collectible version.

Questions regarding collecting the K08

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the K08 Santoku:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
K08BK 306mm 306mm 162mm 1.80mm 147g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the K08 Santoku:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
K08BK 12.06" 6.81" 6.36" 0.070" 5.2oz

References

  1. The K08 Santoku in Spyderco's online catalog

Pictures

The K08 Santoku

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