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Santoku Knife ... Got One Yet?  
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3821 times:

Ever the slave to kitchen fashion, I picked up one of these last weekend. Best knife I've ever used. It didn't hurt that the store was having a half-off sale on open stock cutlery, so it only cost $10.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santoku

Anyone else use a Santoku? What do you think about it?


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3813 times:

The knife I primarily use in my kitchen is of similar design - same name - by Henkel.

I have an entire kitchen full of Henkel knives - and this one is the Big Kahuna!



Almost everything in my kitchen comes from Kohl's . . . Henkel Knives, Calphalon cookware . . .


User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
I have an entire kitchen full of Henkel knives

Me too! My mom bought me the small Henkel Santoku for my birthday, but I haven't gotten in the habit of using it yet. Seems like a fantastic knife, and now that I think about it, I have a ton of vegetables to chop tonight....



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User currently offlineDSMflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3771 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
Ever the slave to kitchen fashion, I picked up one of these last weekend. Best knife I've ever used. It didn't hurt that the store was having a half-off sale on open stock cutlery, so it only cost $10.

Can't beat the price. Is it a forged blade?


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

Quoting DSMflyer (Reply 3):
Can't beat the price. Is it a forged blade?

To be honest, I don't think so. I'd been looking at Santokus in the store off and on and figured for 10 bux I couldn't go too wrong with KitchenAid to see if I liked the style of it. It's so nice though, I'm going to look around for the smaller one as well, and probably pop for a better-made brand.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

I have one of the cheap J.A. Henkels Santoukus and my mom has a Zwilling Henkels Vier Sterne Santouku. They are truly excellent knives and work better than regular chef's knives in most situations.


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User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3732 times:

My mom's got one, made by Wusthof. She got a set of knives from my dad for her last birthday, and man are those things sharp!


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User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1979 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3726 times:
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I bought my other half Rachel Ray's set - I have to admit, I really like the weight and feel of these knives.




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User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

Excellent knives you all have. This thread takes me back to my last cutlery purchase:
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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3698 times:

I have a similar one by farberware.

Hunter



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User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

Do any of you gentlemen have any experience with 'Laser' knives that were popular about 10-15 years ago? They never needed sharpening and I'm looking to replace them.

As for the knives discussed in this thread, are they good for chopping onions? I find 80% of my knife usage is onion-chopping, 15% for eating fruit (should be another knife) and 5% for things like chopping garlic, ginger etc. Yes, I need to get more veggies into my diet...


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3637 times:

Quoting Comorin (Reply 10):
I find 80% of my knife usage is onion-chopping, 15% for eating fruit (should be another knife) and 5% for things like chopping garlic, ginger etc. Yes, I need to get more veggies into my diet...

You only need this knife. Onions, garlic, ginger, tomato, orange, whatever.

I rarely use the rest of the knives in my kitchen . . . not that they aren't good knives, I just don't need them any longer.

The 'recesses' in the blade prevent most everything from sticking to the blade.


User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3631 times:

My partner's got a couple of them he got at Xmas closeout-Crate n' Barrel a couple of years ago. They're great, easy to maintain and never had to be sharpened. I try to look every now and again to see if I can find something else for him, since he does enjoy his toys...um, I mean gadgets Big grin strictly speaking in the kitchen sense, of course  Wink


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User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3621 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 11):
You only need this knife. Onions, garlic, ginger, tomato, orange, whatever.

Thanks for the 'tip' ! I'll walk over to Bed Bath and pick up one right away.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3614 times:

Quoting Comorin (Reply 13):
Bed Bath

Kitchen Gadget Store . . . very dangerous place for me.  laughing 

We now have one in ANC . . .  biggrin 

Quoting Comorin (Reply 13):
pick up one right away

Get a decent quality one, double bevel, etc . . . lots of fakes out there.


User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 14):


I'll keep you advice in mind. You're right, I'll probably end up buying all sorts of stuff out there! Fortunately, I'm limited by what I can carry back home walking ( about 1/2 mi.)


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3604 times:

Quoting Comorin (Reply 10):

As for the knives discussed in this thread, are they good for chopping onions? I find 80% of my knife usage is onion-chopping,

As good as they are for everything, onion chopping seems to be their absolute design purpose. They rip them apart like no other.

Quoting Comorin (Reply 13):
I'll walk over to Bed Bath and pick up one right away.

Get a good one. Spend the money and it will last much longer



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User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 16):
Get a good one. Spend the money and it will last much longer

I'll be turning 60 this year so anything with a MTBF over ten years will probably outlast me  Wink


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3601 times:

Quoting Comorin (Reply 17):

I'll be turning 60 this year so anything with a MTBF over ten years will probably outlast me

Nah. If you get a good Santoku, you will like chopping so much that you will eat more vegetables and live another 30.



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7917 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3585 times:

Quoting DSMflyer (Reply 3):
Can't beat the price. Is it a forged blade?

I'm sure Kitchen Aid make great products, but a knife for $20 is never forged. The only firm that produces forged, hand-made knives I know of is Güde ( http://www.guede-solingen.de incl video of the forging). A knife similar to Westy's or ANC's would go for roughly EUR 80.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 11):
You only need this knife. Onions, garlic, ginger, tomato, orange, whatever.

Make that three: yours (or similar), one much smaller to peel apples and the likes, plus one for bread, that is Güde's famous bread kife:




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User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 18):
Nah. If you get a good Santoku, you will like chopping so much that you will eat more vegetables and live another 30.

 Smile Thanks, but in 30 years the only veggies I'll be eating will be pureed!

BTW do these knives need to be sharpened frequently ?


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3571 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 19):
A knife similar to Westy's or ANC's would go for roughly EUR 80.

I paid US$60 for mine.

Quoting Comorin (Reply 20):
BTW do these knives need to be sharpened frequently ?

 no  Had it a year and never touched it. It's washed and dried by hand, never machine washed.

Quoting Comorin (Reply 20):
in 30 years the only veggies I'll be eating will be pureed

 rotfl 


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7917 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3551 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 21):
I paid US$60 for mine.

Henkel is Zwilling's "value for money" brand. They are good, but the knives are not forged. As far as I can tell, even Zwilling don't forge their knives.



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User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 43
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3539 times:

I've got two of the Henkel's santukos... my mom gave me one for Christmas a couple years ago, and later I got a deal on a full set, which came with another. I didn't think I'd use both, but I find that when I'm cooking I'll cut meat with one and veggies with the other, so it's been nice to have 'em.

And you're right ANC--you get to where the santuko and a good paring knife are about all you need for damn near everything. I do, however, hold on to my favorite heavy ol' cleaver--I first learned how to de-bone a chicken in nothing flat with that one, and nothing else feels right for that sort of job. It's also useful for hammering nails or breaking up blocks of ice.  Big grin


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

Quoting Saxdiva (Reply 23):
hammering nails

 faint 

Quoting Saxdiva (Reply 23):
you get to where the santuko and a good paring knife are about all you need for damn near everything.

 checkmark 

I have all the appropriate "knives" that just sit more or less. I have a clever too, got tired of it. I have a Henkel paring knife . . . great box cutter.  biggrin 


25 MCOflyer : Totally agree. I also cut tooth picks for cold cuts (sometimes they are so long for only 2 pieces of ham). Hunter
26 Post contains images Saxdiva : Dude, seriously--the blade on this thing is 3/8" thick and the whole knife weighs about a pound. It was originally my grandmother's, and I'm sure she
27 Post contains images Iflyatldl : Quoting Saxdiva Reply 26: Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 24): Dude, seriously--the blade on this thing is 3/8" thick and the whole knife weighs about a pound
28 B78710 : my mums been a chef for 30 odd years and we still have a knife here at home that was one of her first.....i'm not sure on the make (possibly sebatier,
29 Post contains images Iflyatldl : When my dad lived in the UK(and I do mean years ago!), he bought a Sebatier and now I've got it. It's turned a little bit in color over the years, yet
30 Post contains links AeroWesty : I found that I'd not thrown out the garbage bag yet where I'd tossed the box the knife came in, and it doesn't say anything about being forged, just
31 N229NW : Why not? This thread has got me curious. What properties of a blade determine how often it will need to be sharpened? I thought pretty much all knive
32 Post contains images AeroWesty : I know there's a definitive answer for which blades last longer, but I don't know it off-hand. Personally, I use one of these gizmos on all my knives
33 MCOflyer : Just bought a set a 3 at Target for 7.99. Hunter
34 Post contains images Srbmod : That's why I try to avoid those places, as I see so many things I want there. I absolutely hate the orange handles on all of her cookware and knives.
35 MCOflyer : Dang those things are super sharp westy. One touch of the blade and it got me blood. Hunter
36 Post contains images Daleaholic : Should this thread not be renamed... "Murder weapon discussion thread" Because everything I've seen picture wise looks f**king deadly!!!
37 Post contains images Comorin : I went and picked up a 5" Santoku (Cuisinart) and a 7" Santoku (Henckel) at Bed Bath and Beyond today. These knives are AMAZING! The Henckel is an 'Ev
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