Victorinox is offering a Swiss take on the classic Japanese knife, the Santoku. The Victorinox Swiss Army Santoku Kitchen Knife comes with an ergonomic handle done in either walnut or TPE black and features a 6.7-inch stainless steel blade with a fluted edge design.
The Santoku knife is a general-purpose blade perfect for any kitchen. It can be used for chopping, slicing, dicing, and mincing. One area in which the Santoku differs from the classic chef’s blade is that the Santoku is often made of a thinner, yet harder steel, which allows for more precision tasks. The Santoku blade is usually done in a wide sheepsfoot style, meaning that the dull back spine curves down to meet the straight-edged front blade. Because the blade is thinner, it can be used for more refined slicing. The Santoku can feature either a single or a double bevel to form the edge. A single bevel blade can be ground to a smaller angle, which results in the blade being sharper. Typically, the Santoku has no bolster—the metal between the blade and the handle. It usually has a very balanced weight and is lighter to hold. The Santoku blade often has a granton edge—just as the Victorinox Swiss Army Santoku Kitchen Knife does—which features small divots or scallops taken from the blade with the purpose of helping to prevent food from sticking to the blade. Santoku blades are best known for creating very thin slices of food.
The Victorinox Swiss Army Santoku Kitchen Knife has a 6.7-inch blade length and weighs 9.2 ounces. It is available for $50, and comes with the reliability that you’ve come to associate with the Victorinox brand. If you’re looking for an all-around general-purpose blade that can handle everything from chopping, to slicing, mincing, and dicing, then you’ll want a quality Santoku knife.