Santoku Knife

The Santoku knife is fundamentally a Japanese style knife. The term roughly translates as 'three uses' as it is able to be used for slicing, mincing and dicing. The style of Santoku knives differs from a traditional chefs knife in a number of ways. Firstly, it is generally both shorter and thinner than a chef's knife. Additionally, it tends to have a flatter cutting edge and a rounded end rather than curving to a point, as with many Western knives.

Many Santoku knives also have a scalloped edge which is designed to help prevent food from sticking to the knife when cutting. Whilst some Santoku knives have designs based more on the traditional Japanese style, its growing popularity worldwide means that some now take elements from both oriental and Western styles.

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