Well balanced, right-handed knife, mid-sized and a comfortable weight - the santoku is a superb choice for the cook who's looking for one knife to do many jobs.
The Santoku blade shape will be new to a lot of Westerners but once you've used it you'll see that it make a lot of sense. Santoku literally translates to "3 uses" (slicing, dicing and mincing) which makes it a perfect all round choice and an essential in any kitchen.
Please note this handle is right-handed, although many left-handed people find it just as comfortable to use.
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.
The technical bits
- Blade length185mm(Measurement of the cutting edge)
- Total length322mm(Blade + Handle)
- Blade width2mm(Measured where blade enters handle)
- Blade height46mm(Measured from blade heel to spine)
- Total weight133 grams
- Blade materialStainless cutting edge, laminated in VG10
- Handle styleJapanese
- Tang styleHalf
- Left or right handedRight only
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
The knife comes in its own red presentation box with a green liner and the blade is protected by a clear plastic cover.
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.