The santoku is a multi-purpose knife, but with a slight vegetable bias. Santoku means three virtues, or to solve three problems. The virtues or problems are slicing, dicing, and mincing. Santokus are gaining in popularity every year in the west. They are shorter than chef knives but have a blade height which is proportionally larger.
We are stunned by the quality and performance of this budget priced knife. It might need a touch on your favorite stone before realizing its full potential, but after that it will perform as well as many blades costing twice the amount. This is a perfect choice for a beginner looking to sample an easy to maintain Japanese knife. It would also make a wonderful gift for a student chef or home cook. Given the price it would also serve as a great camping or barbecue knife.
These high value knives are made with a stainless clad VG10 core, but without the frills found in other more expensive knives. The basic handle is a full tang design made from a reinforced black wood and attached with three stainless rivets. This design, combined with a blade that is quite thin, makes for a very light and nimble cutter.