Hearing the Santoku knife obviously sounds like it is of Japanese origin.
This popular Japanese knife has even made waves on popular TV shopping channels.
If you do not own one, getting one will really change the way you slice and chop your favorite dishes.
What is a Santoku Knife?
Before we continue with how it is used, we must first see what it looks like.
A Santoku knife is considered to be the Land of the Rising Suns version of the chef’s knife.
It is a versatile cutlery with a knife that is usually 13 to 20 inches long (about 5 to 8 inches).
Its most well-known distinction is its long and flat angular blade, which has a curve angle at the point.
It is generally lightweight, making it the best choice for comfortable use for extended periods.
Compared to a chef’s knife, it is traditionally smaller and provides a better grip for those with smaller hands.
It has a straight edge, which requires an upward movement in the cut-out.
It has a small edge to the tip, which can be useful to lift it easily by continuous chopping.
Modern versions of the Santoku Knife have oval shaped recesses known as ‘grantons’, which help to get a smoother slice.
The small indentations make it possible to resist sticking to the surface as it allows air to enter and get the fat or juices on the indentations while cutting.
If an item sticks to it, it will more likely tear the item with uneven pieces.
Knowing its history will make us more familiar with what it is really used for.
The word ‘Santoku’ in Japanese refers to “three uses”.
It is interpreted as a multifunctional knife for general purposes that can handle many different objects.
Its characteristic is to have the same shape as a Sheepsfoot blade used to trim the sheep’s hooves.
Although there is no exact year, it is believed to be a popular knife in the mid-1940s after World War II.
The Japanese saw different cooking styles from the West and got inspiration from their well-known coke knife.
Thus, this cutter is considered a mixture of Eastern and Western influences.
If you know Japanese knives well, they have a dedicated cutter for every task.
Compared to the West, they have multiple knives in one set with a wide variety of dishes that require different slices.
Although still used by experts and professional chefs, the average household still prefers a knife for all purposes.
Perhaps the Japanese lifestyle is known all over the world – minimalistically – this cutter is also famous.
Because of this, it grew its popularity and some even say it is better than the chef’s knife.
What is it used for?
With reference to the indirect translation of the word ‘Santoku’, it is assumed that the ‘three uses’ refer to its flexibility in use for chopping, dicing and carving.
However, the word could also mean ‘three virtues’ that also refer to different meanings.
Some say that it is the three sections of it – the heel, the edge and the tip.
Some could also refer to the three things that could best be used for – fish, meat and vegetables.
While they can all be considered correct, the most practical application is for dice and chopping.
The typical blade is usually thinner than any other blade, allowing for precision cuts.
Its properties also make it perfect for cutting semi-soft things like cheese or creating fine slices of meat and seafood.
This is a very versatile tool for professional chefs.
A Santoku has a wider blade surface that can be used to transfer food right after it is cut, chopped or chopped.
Where to buy one?
As mentioned earlier, you have probably seen one from various TV shopping channels.
Because of its functionality, they have made variations in it to make it more appealing to ordinary household cooks.
Some of them are not made of pure steel and claim to be sharper and safer to use.
Instead of applying supplements, they use non-stick coatings to prevent the article from sticking to the surface of the blade.
However, be aware of some items that are advertised with the ‘As Seen on TV’ logo.
Their popularity leads to counterfeits made from cheap and inferior materials that can cause injury or serious personal injury.
Buying one is not as tough as some kitchen retailers would have on one because of its popularity.
They can also have different models, blade steel materials and even a variety of handles.
Although it sounds professional and hard to find, most sellers are familiar with this cutter.
The same goes with online shopping.
You can get the best prices and sometimes with an extra gift or discount with every purchase.
Still be aware of buying online as some might claim an authentic item that is not.
Read the reviews carefully, or watch video reviews of the Santoku you would like to buy.
Whether you are a home cook or an expert, you may want to consider owning a Santoku for your kitchen.
The lightweight body makes it easier to control so you can make lovely meals for your family or customers.
This is considered one of the best multifunctional knives on the market as it is relatively easy to use.
Last updated on March 28, 2021 by Andy Wang