Japanese cutlery is considered one of the best in the whole world. However, authoritative Japanese manufacturers are often focused on one niche only and provide cutting instruments appropriate for a particular cooking process and specific products. So, if you are hunting for a universal knife, it is reasonable to pay attention to Santoku kitchen knives.
“Santoku” translates from Japanese as “three uses” or “three virtues”. The cutlery produced under this name is famous for combining features that make it truly versatile. A Santoku chef knife is suitable for dicing, mincing, and slicing meat, fish, and vegetables. So, only one Japanese Santoku knife can replace multiple professional kitchen tools.
What is more, Japanese Santoku knives are popular among professional chefs and amateurs alike. While they have all features necessary for professional cooking, such as blades sharpness, they are also comfortable for beginners due to their light weight.
Factually, the Santoku differs from other Japanese knives not only because it is produced with several purposes in mind. Also, the Santoku chef knife comes with an original design. It features a unique straight edge and a blunt spine that curves towards the edge at the point. Such a design gives more control over the cutting instrument to a cook, as their fingers can hold the dull spine safely and reliably. Compared to the classic Western chef knife, the Santoku has a lighter weight and a thinner blade.
Furthermore, one of the original features of Santoku knives is their stunning balance. The handle and the blade are designed to counterweigh each other. This result is achieved by perfectly matching the blade’s weight and width to the handles’ dimensions. When a blade is too heavy, masters may add some weight to the handle to assure the ultimate balance.
Due to the great popularity of these knives all over the world, some foreign companies try to copy the Santoku design. However, the foreigners can only mimic the famous shape since they are unfamiliar with the traditional technologies of steel forging developed by Japanese masters. As for the quality, it is much poorer than the durability and sharpness the authentic Japanese cutlery boasts.
So, if you want to receive a universal knife of the highest quality ensured by Japanese traditions, it is necessary to order the goods directly from Japan. Familiarize yourself with the collection of Santoku knives offered by the Hocho online store and find your perfect kitchen tool.