Santoku translates to "3 uses" (slicing, dicing and mincing) which makes it a perfect all round choice and an essential in any kitchen.

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

These knives perform well, however the lower HRC of these knives means that you won't be able to get them quite as sharp as the Japanese knives with the higher HRC, and for as long. It's important to note that these knives aren't necessarily aimed at the kind of person who needs a knife to be screamingly sharp and to be able to retain that sharpness for an age before taking the stones out and getting the edge back; they are aimed at the kind of person who is happy with 'very, very sharp' and who appreciates that they can use the knife without having to be as worried about chipping as with the harder knives, and who appreciates the work and attention to detail that this knife-maker has given to them.

5 / 5Beauty

These knives are absolutely stunning of that there is no doubt. The first thing that strikes you is the copper layers running the whole length of the blade, they provide a real contrast against the colour of the steel.

At the same time your eye is drawn to the incredibly beautiful hand-made handle, the detail of which is second to none. The fit and finish of the knife as a whole is perfect and they would be a really classy addition to your kitchen.

5 / 5Durability

The harder and thinner the knife the more prone it will be to chipping and due to the lower HRC compared to the majority of our other knives it means that they will be more robust and may withstand the odd careless mistake or accidental bash on the chopping board (but please try not to bash them!).

5 / 5Ease of care

Constructed in Acuto 440 stainless steel these knives are about as low maintenance as you can get. If you get into the habit of wiping the blade after each use then all the better (should you decide to venture into the world of carbon knives this will serve you well!) but in reality these can just be washed by hand once you've finished with them. No dishwasher - ever!

4 / 5Comfort

We found these knives to be very comfortable, balance point is about spot on for a pinch grip but when used with a regular grip the weight is forward in the blade. If you are using it with a regular grip there's a nifty little indent right where your little finger will be, designed to give you a little bit more control. Due to the fact that they have a Western handle they weigh heavier than those with a Japanese handle which could cause fatigue if you're using the knife for hours.

4 / 5Value for money

These knives whilst not the cheapest, we believe offer good value for money, the attention to detail and the unique look of the blade and handle is testament to the work that has gone into creating them.

The technical bits

  • Blade length170mm(Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length290mm(Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width2mm(Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height49mm(Measured from blade heel to spine)
  • Total weight143 grams
  • Blade materialStainless cutting edge, laminated in Stainless
  • Hardness58:60HRC
  • Handle styleWestern
  • Tang styleFull
  • 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

Elegant well-made white box with printed details in black and orange. Inside you'll find a cut-out inlay where the knife sits, secured by an orange and white ribbon. The blade is protected by a plastic cover.

Boxed Santoku Packaging

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.