Not a classic looker but the performance is simply world class. For this knife you are paying for the blade. It's built for outstanding performance and durability, can't say fairer than that.

The blade on this Santuko style knife is one of the best in the business. The handle is made from the same super grip material used for special forces combat knives. This knife is all about performance rather than relying on good looks. Fallkniven have a history of pushing knife technology that shows in this great light weight knife that is a joy to use and comfy to hold.

What we thought about this knife

We have personally tested and reviewed this knife to give you an honest and personal opinion about it and this is how it rates. Remember these scores are a reflection of the company these knives keep, all our knives are great (or we wouldn't sell them) but we can't give them all 5/5. A low score doesn't mean it's a poor knife, it just might be out-trumped by one of our other amazing knives.

3 / 5Overall performance

One of the finest western manufacturers' knives if you are just looking for sheer performance. All your money has gone into the blade on this one. This knife lives up to Fallkniven's standards by using the awesome VG-10 steel to keep a wickedly sharp edge which is laminated in stain resistant steel to make it lighter in weight yet stronger. Sharp as a razor and a joy to use.

2 / 5Beauty

Let's be honest, it will never win any beauty contests. But it was never meant to. This is an exceptional work horse and not a prancing pony. It is named after a whale and if you squint it sort of looks like one. This knife is all about the function over form so let us consider it an ugly duckling. But what a performer. This is an Olympic athlete of a knife, no room for fancy garnish here, it's all about doing the job it was built for and excelling at it.

5 / 5Durability

The totally sealed handle means no germ traps on this knife. The blade is built to keep an edge for a long time which minimises the amount of sharpening required. If misused the blade might chip like any other hardened steel blade but if you use it for its intended purpose it will be flawless. Built to last.

5 / 5Ease of care

Totally sealed synthetic handle means it is easy to clean and dry. No hidden dirt or germ traps here. The super hard cutting edge means sharpening is a rare event but when you do need to sharpen it you will need suitable sharpening equipment which can handle the harder steel (we recommend a diamond steel for all our knives anyway).

4 / 5Comfort

The handle on this knife is comfy, light weight and non slip. It appears like horrid black plastic at first but actually has a rubber like feel to it which gives a great grip even when wet. That pared with the shape of the handle and its various curves and cut outs means that it just "fits in the hand" so naturally.

4 / 5Value for money

Built to last. You are investing in top performing quality and durability. If, however, you are after some knife art to look great on your kitchen wall look elsewhere.

The technical bits

  • Blade length175mm(Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length305mm(Blade + Handle)
  • Blade height47mm(Measured from blade heel to spine)
  • Blade materialVG10 cutting edge, laminated in Stainless
  • Hardness60:62HRC
  • Handle styleWestern
  • Tang styleHalf
  • Left or right handedBoth

Our aim is to measure everything as accurately as possible but some specifications (such as hardness for example) are provided by the manufacturer and therefore should be used as a guide only.

What you get with the knife

Like the knife, the packaging will win no beauty competitions but you get a sturdy white box with a HUGE Fallkniven logo all over it. Inside your knife blade is teasingly hidden/covered by a card board sleeve.

All our knives also come with free blue plasters just in case you're not ready for the sharpness! If you intend to use your knives regularly then we don't advise you to use the boxes for day to day storage, get a magnetic knife rack instead.

What is a Santuko style knife?

Looking like a small chef's knife, the Santoku (san-too-koo) is a Japanese knife used for chopping vegetables and meats. It's possible it might become your new favourite knife.

You can read more about Santuko knives if we've got you interested in them.

Still need some advice choosing the right knife?

We want you to be happy that you're buying the right knife for your cooking needs so if you're not sure what you need, here are some useful places to start.