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February 26, 2021 4 min read
There are few things in a well-stocked kitchen more intimidating or exciting than a set of Japanese kitchen knives. Japanese cuisine has long put a focus on high-quality culinary knives when working in the kitchen. When it comes to purchasing the best set of Japanese kitchen knives, it can feel like a complicated decision considering all of the different types available.
Whether we are talking about the dynamic Gyuto Chef's Knife or the Nakiri all-purpose vegetable knife, each blade features its own special uses and applied techniques.
Today, we are going to direct our attention toward the wonderful Santoku knife.
When properly translated, Santoku means 'three virtues' or ‘three uses’ in English. This knife has quickly become a favorite of chefs and home cooks around the world. Ideal not just for cutting but also chopping, mincing, and dicing. The Santoku knife offers all-in-one versatility in a long-lasting package.
As you search you may see the term Bunka, this style of knife is typically the same as a Santoku however some knife makers such as Global have started making both, with slightly different edge profiles. In the U.S. Bunka is often used to refer to Kengata Santoku specifically, which is a standard Santoku with a downturned tip. The Kengata Santoku is useful for more detail slicing and, let's be honest, looks pretty awesome. The term Kengata translates to "sword-like" so it's no wonder they look cool.
Similar to a chef's knife, the Santoku knife tends to be a little shorter than the standard Gyuto and is focused on smaller and more specific tasks, such as thinly slicing vegetables for a fancy garnish or dicing smaller portions for a dish. Many Santoku have a dimpled surface to prevent small foodstuff from sticking to the knife. The Santoku blade is exceptional for a variety of different purposes as well as its ease-of-use.
Santoku Knife Uses and Benefits
Often described by its translation, the Santoku knife has three virtues or three uses. These virtues are chopping, dicing, and mincing. Let's explore these traits in more detail while also underscoring some other beneficial Santoku knife uses.
Hasu-Seizo is a family-owned and operated business based out of the greater Seattle region. Founded on the idea that every kitchen deserves a better set of blades, Hasu-Seizo has continued the family tradition of providing authentic Japanese blades through the manufacturing of the Sakai Takayuki brand in Osaka.
With a reverence for the ancient history of Japan's finest blade-making tradition, Sakai Takayuki imbues each and every knife with not just history, but tradition, quality, and longevity. Shop our collection of multipurpose Santoku kitchen knives today!
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