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Top 10 Rated Santoku Knives 2014

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The finest quality santoku knives are guaranteed to last you many years and provide versatile function in the kitchen. The word santoku means “three virtues,” after all. We looked for a variety of factors as we selected our top 10 knives, including:

1. Durable, strong forged steel
2. A full tang for extra strength
3. Comfortable, non-slip handle for big or small hands
4. A balaned feel
5. A sharp, triangular glade for quick up-and-down chopping
6. Lightweight enough not to tire the arm
7. Hefty enough to cut through tough foods
8. A polished, stain-resistant blade
9. Ease of cleaning and sharpening
10. Less friction while cutting and food not sticking to the blade

While some knives advertise being dishwasher safe, it’s always advisable with top-quality santoku knives to hand wash them to lengthen their lifespan.

Shun DM0718  9.5/10

7 inches
Forged high carbon stainless steel
Made in Japan
Pakka wood handle

A strong, resilient knife forged in Japan, the Shun 7-Inch Hollow Edge santoku knife has a striking, pleasing design. Its cutting power is amazing, too….
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Wusthof 4175   9/10

7 inches
Forged high carbon stainless steel
Made in Germany
Plastic handle

Forged in Germany with high carbon stainless steel, this Wusthof 7-inch santoku knife features a strong, resilient blade that doesn’t rust or stain….
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7 inches
Forged high carbon stainless steel
Made in Japan
Stainless steel handle with dimpled grip

A sleek, serious-looking knife from Japan, the 7-inch Global santoku knife has a seamless, smooth design from tip to tang…
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OXO 1064754  8.5/10

4 inches
Full-tang stainless steel
Rubber handle

A miniature santoku knife, with just a 4-inch blade, is surprisingly versatile. Capable of slicing and dicing vegetables, fish, and small portions of meat…
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7 inches
Forged high carbon stainless steel
Made in Germany
Plastic handle

This Old Dutch rectangular pot rack has an elegant style and patterns of antique pewter. Its delicate look belies its sturdiness and durability. …
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7 inches
Stamped high carbon stainless steel
Made in Switzerland
4.8 ounces
NSF-approved Fibrox handle

A lightweight, stamped santoku knife from Victorinox, this 7-inch knife reduces arm strain with repetitive use. Many chefs like the…
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Enclume MPB-06  7.5/10

5.5 inches
High carbon German stainless steel
Made in China
1.1 pounds
Full tang

Some people feel most comfortable chopping, slicing, and dicing with a shorter blade. This Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich santoku knife is only 5.5…
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