Santoku 200mm "C" Grind "Moonlight" Workhorse


Performance comes first as is expected, but very few artisans are as thoughtful as Antoine Kniamen when it comes to the aesthetics. Little details like the beautiful, engraved name plate or the hand painted forced patina with its cloud like pattern make an Adonis blade a unique piece of culinary art.

But as I said, performance comes first and this blade has been developed as a high-performance workhorse, perfect for powering through summer root vegetables with easy. A robust spine gives the blade stability and heft while the "C" grind on the right-hand side of the blade helps with food release giving this blade a lovely balanced cutting feel, satisfyingly moving through produce while exhibiting very little wedging, bruising or splitting.

Forged from premium 1.2442 tungsten steel and hardened to approximately 64 HRC, the blade is incredibly tough and sharp and will retain its edge, with regular use, for a long time.

The blade is an absolute joy to work with and features stunning alloy banding revealed by the cloud patina. Inspired by these little details that come to light through the process of forging Antoine seems to intuitive pair his blades with stunning, tastefully selected handle materials. In this case an incredible stabilised, box elder burl classically shaped in the octagonal style with brass bolster and engraved name plate. The beautiful burl has been dyed with an array of colours that evokes the feeling of "Moonlight" and give this piece its name.

If you are unfamiliar with Antoine’s work this incredibly beautiful piece of work will certainly impress.

Product Specification

Blade Type: Santoku

Edge Length: 200mm

Spine Heel: 3.68mm

Spine Mid: 2.81mm

Spine Tip (20mm before): 1.81mm

Blade Height: 57.6mm

Weight: 197g

Cutting Edge Steel: 1.2442

Stainless: No

HRC: 64+

Blade Construction: Mono Steel

Blade Finish: Brute de Forge and Acid Etched (Forced Patina)

Grind: C

Handle Construction: Hidden Tang

Handle Materials: Stabilised Box Elder

Handedness: Ambidextrous

Saya Included: No

Shipping & Returns


We process orders 5 days a week (Monday - Friday) and ship from our shop in Berlin, Germany. We ship with FedEx, UPS and Deutsche Post.

We are happy to offer free international shipping on a variety of orders depending on location and order value. You can check to see where things sit for you here.


At Modern Cooking we want our customers to be inspired and delighted by the products they purchase through our shop.

However, we understand that you may need to return products occasionally. If you are not entirely happy, you can return your purchase in its original condition within 14 days for a refund. Please email if you wish to return any goods.

In the unlikely event that you receive faulty goods or your order is damaged in transit, please contact us for instructions on how to return the goods as in this case we will meet the cost of return postage, though only if this is arranged through our authorised carriers. Any claim for refund or exchange resulting from faulty goods or goods damaged in transit must be raised within 5 business days.

All Modern Cooking logistics partners provide insurance in case of damage, but the coverage is only valid if we are notified within 5 business days. Please make sure to inspect your order immediately upon receipt to ensure that there is no damage.

Once we have the goods back, we will issue a full refund or send replacements where possible, as you prefer.

Product Care:

Cleaning: Clean by hand with warm water. Avoid wetting the handle when possible. 

Sharpening: We advise using whetstones to sharpen your knives and a honing rod or steel to maintain the burr between sharpening sessions. 

Reactive Steels: Reactive steels like Aogami Super, Apex Ultra or one of the many premium reactive German and Swedish steels are susceptible to rust if not properly cared for. In this case we advise that you keep the knife dry between uses and when storing the knife for longer periods wiping the knife blade with Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil is a wise choice. This will not stop a patina forming on the blade, but it will stop rust. A patina can be a beautiful personal feature on your knife and helps to stop rust forming. So, dry your knife regularly between uses, store in a dry place and apply some Tsubaki oil from time to time when storing for long periods. 

A reference guide to steel types

Handle Care: If you have a knife with a non-stabilised wooden handle, you can apply Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil to your handle from time to time. Food safe wax can be applied to both stabilised and no-stabilised wooden handles. Never apply hot wax or oil as you risk warping or damaging the handle.