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If I had to stop using my ten-inch chef’s knife, this is the knife I’d use to replace it. It’s a comfortable and well-balanced santoku with an upswept tip so I can use it almost the same way as use my larger blade. This style is also available with an eight-inch blade [FX514] with the same metal handle and in seven-inch [FUR827] and five-inch [FUR826] versions with a rubber-coated plastic handle. Note: I consider the five-inch version too short to be truly useful.
When properly stored and used with an end-grain wooden cutting board, this santoku comes the closest I’ve seen of any santoku having a permanently sharp edge. Besides being a great functioning santoku, it is one of the most attractive on the market. This santoku is labeled as dishwasher-safe, but I wouldn’t risk corroding the cutting edge with dishwasher chemicals. Shun also makes a santoku with a wider blade of the same length [DM0717].
This is one of the original santokus and the one that people used to wave in my face a few years back as the best knife ever. I always thought that it was too light and too short, but that’s just my opinion. This is a very popular knife. It’s also available with a five-inch blade [4183/14] which, in my opinion, is just too short, and in other handle styles.
The blade of this santoku looks very similar to the Wüsthof blade above, only slightly longer. It is also available in multiple handle styles.
One chef friend says that the chef’s knife with the same handle as this santoku is the most comfortable knife he has ever used. I’m sure he would find this santoku just as comfortable. The handle is unique and the curve at the “bolster” provides a “bucket seat” for your thumb and forefinger. The shape of this knife is more reminiscent of a sports car than a kitchen knife, but unlike other stylish knives, this one is highly functional, if you want a santoku.
The steel of this santoku is not as grand as with the Shun Classic Santoku, but it stills holds an edge for an acceptable length of time. ICEL’s Absolute Steel Series handles tend to be quite comfortable in all size hands.
This santoku is a basic industrial-style knife designed for institutional use. Also available with a three-rivet, rosewood hand .
This is a santoku-style knife with a classic handle. Also available in a five-inch length [E/3610-5K] with grantons and a seven-inch length [E/3610-7] without grantons.
This santoku is found in many professional kitchens. It is available in eighteen different handle styles and blade lengths.
This santoku looks like a classic chef’s knife that has been cut down to a sheep’s foot profile. It is also available with grantons [BP5109-7].
The Shun 7-inch Classic Santoku knife is an excellent knife that is beautiful as well - received as a gift - I love it
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