Santoku Knife : Japanese All-Purpose Knife

Sakai Ichimonji Santoku Knives

What is a Santoku Knife?

A Santoku knife is an incredibly versatile Japanese kitchen knife, designed as an all-rounder for use in Japanese homes. The word Santoku means “three benefits", owing to the fact that you can use it to cut meat, fish and vegetables. As meat became a more common ingredient in Japanese households, the classic Nakiri and Deba knives fell out of favor with home cooks. This led to the Santoku becoming the king of the kitchen.

The Size of a Santoku Knife

Most Santoku knives have a blade length of 165-175 mm , which is the ideal size for slicing through a head of cabbage, while still being small enough to cut fruit with ease.
As small apartments and single living increased in Japan over the last 30 years, 150mm Santoku have become extremely popular too.

How to Choose a Santoku Knife
Carbon Steel or Stainless Steel?

Carbon Steel is easy to sharpen, holds the best edge and cuts with ease. This steel is susceptible to rust though, so it requires more maintenance and care.
Stainless Steel is rust resistant and easier to maintain, but cannot match Carbon Steel's sharpness despite recent improvements. Stainless Steel Knives are also more difficult to sharpen than Carbon Steel, requiring more patience and a steady hand.

Price: Why are the prices so different between kitchen knives?

The quality and type of steel, the heat treating process and the quality of the sharpening and polish on the knife blade can influence the price. In other words, the more work involved in producing the knife, the higher the cost. It will usually also mean the sharpness will last longer and the knife itself is more pleasing to the eye.

Recommended Stainless Steel Knives -Our Popular Series-

 For people who prioritize ease of sharpening.

The blade of the 8A-N Series is made from AUS-8, one of the popular stainless steels for Japanese Knives. It is easy to sharpen and slightly tougher than other stainless steels so it is less likely to chip during use. The sharp cutting ability and edge retention of our 8A-N Series is also improved by quenching. As it's low-maintenance, this is a good choice for newcomers to Japanese Knives.

 For people who prioritize long-edge retention.

The blade of the G-LINE Series is made from VG-1, a steel made from purified materials with high-skilled steelmaking technology. This leads to high hardness, sharpness and long edge retention. As it has a long sharpness life, it is recommended for long time cooks and those who do not want to sharpen so often.

 For people who want "no compromises". It is easy to sharpen and has excellent edge retention.  

The blade of the FV10 Series is made from VG-10, an evolution of VG-1. VG-10 offers much easier sharpening compared to the VG-1 series. Furthermore, our FV10 is manufactured by a unique tempering process. This keeps high hardness and sharpness levels, with long edge retention while also making it easy to sharpen. As a result, it leads to the best balance that stainless steel knives can have.

Stainless Steel Santoku

How to Choose a Japanese Kitchen Knife for Beginners

How to Choose a Japanese Kitchen Knife for Beginners

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