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Santoku knives are sharp multi-purpose kitchen knives that have a range of uses, from cutting meat and fish, to dicing and chopping vegetables, nuts and fruit. They have a hard thin blade which makes them ideal for precision tasks. With a Santoku knife in your knife collection, you get a versatile Japanese all-round knife for everyday use in the kitchen.
Santoku knives are sharp Japanese kitchen knives with a straight edge that are great for cutting, slicing and chopping food. In Japan, Santoku knives are known as all-round knives and are characterised by their versatility and extremely sharp blade.
In our assortment, you will be able to choose from a large range of the best Santoku knives from popular and highly established brands.
The biggest differences between a chef’s knife and a Santoku knife could be said to be the origin of the knives and the shapes of the blades.
Firstly, the Santoku knife originated in Japan. It has a wide and thin blade which allows for refined cutting. The blade turns down at the tip, which is known as a sheep’s foot tip and the edge is straighter than a chef’s knife. Many have a granton edge, which are small divots on the blade edge which stops food from sticking to it as easily. In general, Japanese Santoku knives are light in weight and the blades are normally made from a harder steel.
The chef’s knife originated in Germany and France. It has a broad blade which curves upward to form a tip. Generally, they are heavier to hold than the Santoku knife. The blade of the chef’s knife is also usually longer than the blade of the Santoku knife.
Santoku knives can be used for a range of tasks in the kitchen. Some of the many uses include:
Santoku is a Japanese word which means ‘three virtues’. This can either be to describe the three main uses: chopping, slicing and dicing. Or it can refer to the three food groups that the knife can handle: meat, fish and vegetables.
It is always recommended to wash Santoku knives by hand to prevent any damage to the knife and to keep it in the best condition. In addition, sharpening your Santoku knife with a knife sharpener is essential for keeping it in good shape for longer.