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Knife sets can be a convenient solution if you want a complete set of all the essential tools but you don’t want to spend a fortune on each individual knife. Value was one of the key considerations we had when choosing the top 10 knife sets. Other factors included:

1. Number and types of knives
2. Convenient storage like a block or case
3. Sharpener included
4. Strong, sharp blades that retain their edges
5. Bolsters that provide excellent weight and balance
6. Ease of sharpening and cleaning
7. Attractiveness of design
8. Comfortable, non-slip grips

You can find some decent quality knives for relatively low prices. If you’re looking for top-notch quality, however, the sky’s the limit as far as pricing goes.

Shun DM2002B  9.5/10

6 pieces
Forged with layers of VG-10 and high carbon Japanese stainless steel
Full Tang
Ebony Pakkawood handles

Shun is a Japanese company known for its high-quality knives forged of extra-strong stainless steel for a hard but not brittle feel. The blades retain their edges….
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Ginsu 7112  9/10

12 Pieces
High carbon Japanese stainless steel
Full tang
Resin handles

Ginsu may have initially given itself a bad name with those infamous infomercials, but the quality of its knives has improved remarkably over the years….
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7 pieces
Made in Japan

If cooking is your profession—or you’re training to become a chef—then you know that your knives are your most important work tools…..
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18 pieces
Forged high carbon stainless steel blades
Full tang
Black poly handles with stainless steel plates at the end

A handsome, durable knife set with all the essential pieces and more, this Chicago Cutlery Fusion collection includes a new creation by the company…
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Ginsu 04817   8.5/10

12 Knives
Hardwood block with shears
Full tang
Stainless steel
Triple-riveted bakelite handles

For a complete collection of knives at a great low price, this Ginsu knife set cannot be beat. At only $29.99, it offers 6 kitchen knives…
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Wusthof 9312  8.5/10

12 pieces
Full Tang
Laser-cut from high carbon German stainless steel
Riveted synthetic polypropylene handles

With high carbon stainless steel laser-cut and tempered in Germany for precision, this Wusthof Gourmet knife set has all the essential…
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18 pieces
Forged high carbon stainless steel
Full tang
Stainless steel handles

If you’re looking for a fine-quality knife set on a budget, then this Chicago Cutlery set for $85 may satisfy your needs. The blades are forged from high carbon…
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8 inches
Made in Switzerland
High carbon stainless steel
8 ounces

For a fairly inexpensive knife set, this 15-piece set from Chicago Cutlery has all the essential tools you’ll need to tackle various tasks in the kitchen…
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17 pieces
Stamped German stainless steel blades
Full tang
Contoured santoprene handles

An attractive knife set from J.A. Henckels, these full tang knives feature contoured, cushioned handles with a backing of brushed stainless steel that adds…
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12 pieces
Stainless steel blades
Non-stick colored coating

For only $22.47, the Cuisinart Advantage C55-01-12PCKS is an affordable and good quality knife set that will surprise you with its razor sharpness. The knives come in an array of bright…
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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 DM0702  9.5/10

6 ½ inches
16 layers of stainless steel
Made in Japan
Pakka wood handle

A strong, resilient knife forged in Japan, the Shun 6 ½-inch classic santoku knife has a striking, aesthetically pleasing design. The D-shape handle fits comfortably…
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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 1064650  8.5/10

6 ½ inches
Stainless steel
Black handle

If you’re looking for an agile, lightweight santoku knife for finely mincing or chopping foods, then the OXO 1064650 may be the knife for you. This six and a half inch blade…
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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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Ginsu 04858  8/10

5 inches and 7 inches
High carbon Japanese stainless steel
Stainless steel handle

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7 inches
Forged CrMoV German stainless steel
12.25″ x 2.5″ x 3.25″

Coming highly recommended by Rachael Ray, this Furi santoku knife comes with a scabbard stand that hones the blade each time you pull it out…
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Furi FUR888  7/10

6 inches
CrMoV stainless steel
Made in China
Polypropylene/rubber handle

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Knife Sharpening Tools and Tips https://10rate.com/knife-sharpening-tools-and-tips/ Fri, 14 Dec 2012 10:26:58 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=10369 By

Sharpening your special kitchen knives when it’s required will keep them cutting and slicing away with speed and precision. Even though many knife manufacturers boast that their knives stay sharp and rarely need honing, it’s still smart to have a couple tools at hand for when your blades inevitably start getting dull.

Remember, sharpening knives isn’t just for keeping them in peak condition; it’s also a matter of safety. A dull knife is more likely to slip and cut you than a razor-thin blade.

Whetstone

A whetstone is a great tool for sharpening knives because it doesn’t wear away too much of the blade. The task is fairly straightforward and takes only a couple minutes.

  • Position the whetstone on the cutting board, scratchy side up.
  • Hold the knife’s edge against the whetstone at a 22 ½ degree angle and slide it forward against the stone, covering all parts of the edge.
  • Repeat this movement 10 times, and then flip the knife over to do the other side 10 times.
  • Flip the whetstone over so the finer side is facing up. Repeat the previous steps.

The whetstone works away parts of the blade’s edge to get it sharp again. However, the process leaves the edge rough and uneven. After whetting the knife, you’ll need to use the knife sharpener to get the blade’s edge smooth again.

Sharpening Steel

A steel smooths, or hones, the knife’s edge to a straight line, close to the way you originally had it. The steel should be at least as long as the knife you’re sharpening.

  • With your non-dominant hand, hold the steel up with the point resting against the cutting board, your hand at the top of the steel.
  • Position the knife perpendicular to the steel, with the back of the blade (the part closest to the handle) against the steel. Once again, the knife should be angled 22 ½ degrees against the steel.
  • In one fluid motion, simultaneously pull the knife back toward you and down the length of the steel. This motion should cover the entire edge of the blade.
  • Do this stroke 10 times, and then turn the knife over and give that side 10 strokes.

After whetting and honing the knife, carefully rinse any miniscule metal filings off the blade and dry it with a cloth. These simple steps will preserve the fine quality and angle of your knife’s edge. Whatever you do, avoid rinky-dink electric sharpeners, which can seriously damage the fine craftsmanship of the blade.

As you get used to the sharpening process, you’ll notice the difference between a sharp and dull blade right away. Some chefs sharpen their knives frequently—at least once a week. You’ll appreciate your whetstone and steel when you see how smoothly your knife cuts through tomatoes, cheese, and carrots.

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Tips for Choosing Kitchen Knives https://10rate.com/stocking-your-kitchen-with-knives/ Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:16:21 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=11008 By

So you’re in charge of your own kitchen now and you need to build up your collection of kitchen tools. As any professional or aspiring chef knows, the greatest tools you have at your disposal are knives. Different knives perform different functions, of course, be it chopping, mincing, dicing, slicing, paring, scooping, sawing, or deboning.

With knives, you generally get what you pay for. There are plenty of decent knives out there for reasonable prices. For better quality performance, however, you should expect to shell out more money. Before you make any expensive purchases you need to decide exactly what you need and how much you’re willing to pay for it.

Do you need a whole set?

One of the first decisions you should make is whether to look for one really good open stock knife or a complete knife set. Often this choice boils down to your budget. Knife sets can be really economical if you find a decent set for a fair price. But you may also just want a good chefs knife or a basic utility knife. Perhaps you already have a knife set but a piece or two broke or went missing, and you really just want to replace those.

While a fine-quality chefs or santoku knife can serve you well in the kitchen, handling most of the basic cutting tasks, it can also be quite expensive—sometimes more expensive than a basic knife set that offers a bit of everything: paring, bread, utility, and steak knives. Sets typically come with a sharpening steel so you can keep the edges fine and sharp. Another benefit of the knife set is the convenient knife block that stores and protects your knives and looks so fancy on the counter.

Regular or professional quality

It’s perhaps unfair to compare regular kitchen knives to professional knives, because the knives you find in most kitchens are perfectly adequate for the tasks they’re assigned. Professionals look for knife sets with extra fine edges and ceramic blades. These knives are top-quality, but they also require a lot of maintenance—more maintenance than they’re worth if you’re just a regular person looking for regular kitchen knives. Regular knives, while still great quality, are much easier to upkeep. The stainless steel kind hold up well, don’t stain or rust with proper care, and sharpen easily.

Picking the best knives

Sometimes what qualifies as the best in knives comes down to personal preference. Some people like a heavy, sturdy feel. Forged stainless steel blades with bolsters fit big hands well and feel powerful. Other people prefer a lighter feel, a bit more flexibility. Stamped blades tend to be a little lighter and easier to handle.

Handle material also comes into play.

  • Wooden handles are attractive and traditional, but if they’re left in water too long they can crack or warp. Bacteria also likes to hide in the wood’s porous surface.
  • Plastic handles are usually of some cushioned, non-slip material. They’re hygienic and look fine if you like a contemporary style.
  • Some knife handles use a composite of wood and plastic, providing the heft and aesthetic appeal of one and the sanitary features of the other.

Ultimately, you’re the best judge when it comes to determining what works for you. Shop around, read reviews, and compare prices before making your final purchase. Whenever possible, go to a store and handle different knives yourself to get a feel for the weight, balance, and style you prefer.

Brittany Rowland Brittany Rowland researches new developments in Appliances, Kitchen and CE products features with a vigor to which few would aspire… but someone has to do it. See more about Brittany

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Santoku Knife Use and History https://10rate.com/history-of-the-santoku-knife/ Fri, 09 Nov 2012 10:39:52 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=10995 By

These days, the santoku knife has become a ubiquitous kitchen tool, common in all home appliance stores and TV cooking shows. You hear a TV chef rave about the santoku knife, and you wonder if it’s an ancient Japanese knife only recently brought to the West. After all, companies that forge santoku knives in Japan describe using authentic sword-making techniques to craft the steel.

In fact, the santoku knife’s history goes back only so far, to mid-1940s, when World War II was ending. Western and Japanese cultures blended together, in a way. The Japanese had discovered new styles of cooking popular in the West, so they developed the santoku knife as their own version of the chefs knife. So the santoku knife is a sort of hybrid of Eastern and Western cultures, unlike the sashimi knife, which is a true traditional Japanese knife.

How exactly does a santoku knife differ from a basic chefs knife? The answer lies in the oval indentations along the edge of the blade. This “hollow edge” allows air pockets to form between the knife and the food it’s slicing. You’ll notice when using a santoku knife that there’s less friction and struggling to cut through dense foods. Also, food slides right off the blade instead of sticking to it—something you’ll really appreciate when it comes to cheese.

The word santoku itself means “three virtues.” What those three virtues, or uses, are, no one can quite agree. Some theories include:

  • The knife is used primarily for chopping, mincing, and dicing.
  • The knife has three distinct sections: the tip, the edge, and the heel.
  • The knife can cut through anything: fish, meat, or vegetables.

Whichever theory you believe, you have to agree that the santoku knife is pretty unmatched when it comes to versatility.

The santoku knife has other distinct qualities that set it apart:

  • Typically smaller than the traditional chefs knife, it’s a preferred tool for many women and people with smaller hands.
  • Because it’s made of harder steel, the blade can be forged thinner without losing any of its cutting strength.
  • The blade is also wider than that of a chefs knife, making it a useful tool for scooping and transferring food.
  • It has a straighter edge than the rounded chefs knife, meaning it requires a different cutting motion. You push the tip forward slightly as you do a straight up-and-down chopping.

If you’re an aspiring chef in your kitchen at home, then you’ll appreciate a versatile knife like the santoku. Its lightweight and thin design belie its true power.

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Knife Storage Tips https://10rate.com/storing-knives-safely/ Mon, 05 Nov 2012 10:34:41 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=11013 By

The last thing you want to do is keep all your sharp knives—chefs, santoku, filleting, paring, etc.—is throw them all together in a drawer. Not only does it look untidy and fail to protect the blades, but it’s like sticking your hand in a land mine to fish one out.

Some knives come with a protective sheath, including the kind with sharpening teeth that keep the edge sharp. But the most convenient solution is to look for a knife block. Blocks are now available for purchase separate from knife sets. They look nice on the counter and make it fast and easy to pull out whichever knife you need. Some have slots for over 20 knives and include space for scissors and steak knives.

When you place your knives in the block, be sure to slide them in with the edge facing up. This position prevents the edge from going dull.

Other options

  • Of course, if you can’t afford to give up the counter space, there are under-counter, in-drawer, and wall-mounted storage units that also help keep the knives organized.
  • If you have a really nice set of knives that you’re proud to show off, there are attractive knife magnets that either sit on the counter or hang on the wall.
  • For transporting knives, individual sheaths work great, as do knife rolls or cases. Professional cooks use these methods to take their knives with them wherever they go.

Brittany Rowland Brittany Rowland researches new developments in Appliances, Kitchen and CE products features with a vigor to which few would aspire… but someone has to do it. See more about Brittany

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The Essential Knives You’ll Find in Most Knife Sets https://10rate.com/the-essential-knives-in-knife-sets/ Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:04:53 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=10373 By

Knife sets vary in the types of knives they offer. Typically, the more knives in a set, the higher the price rises. While it’s awfully convenient to have a versatile collection for all your cooking tasks, you also don’t want to get saddled with a bunch of frilly knives that you never use.

Perhaps you need a quick course on the different kinds of knives standard in most sets and how they’re used.

Chefs knife Usually 8 to 12 inches long A chefs knife is your all-purpose knife responsible for most of your cutting tasks: chopping, mincing, dicing. With a long, wide blade, it can even cut through bone.
Paring knife 3 to 4 inches long A paring knife handles the smaller, more delicate tasks, such as peeling fruit and deveining shrimp.
Cleaver 6 to 8 inches long; 3 inches wide A cleaver comes in handy jointing poultry. While you can joint meat with a chefs knife too, you risk dulling or damaging the blade.
Filleting knife 4 to 6 inches long A filleting knife, being long, slender, and flexible, does what its name suggests: fillets fish. You can also bone meats with its sharp edge.
Bread knife 6 to 10 inches long With its serrated edge, a bread knife can saw through bread without crumbling or crushing it.
Carving knife 8 to 15 inches long Thinner than a chefs knife, a carving knife makes slim, precise cuts through big chunks of meat.
Boning knife 5 to 6 inches long Thin and flexible, a boning knife works its way into meats to remove the bones.

Santoku knives are gaining popularity and finding their way into knife sets. Similar to chefs knives except lighter, they feature indentations along the blade that reduce friction between the food and the blade. They slice through tough food easily without it sticking to the blade.

Utility knives, typically around 5 inches long, are still found in many knife sets. They’re between a paring knife and a chefs knife in size, but they’re generally too big for delicate tasks and not sturdy enough for heavy tasks.

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OXO 1064650 https://10rate.com/oxo-1064754-review/ https://10rate.com/oxo-1064754-review/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:54:45 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=2507
Santoku Knife  8.5/10

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OXO 1064650
If you’re looking for an agile, lightweight santoku knife for finely mincing or chopping foods, then the OXO 1064650 may be the knife for you. This six and a half inch blade is made of a strong stainless steel and is full tang for durability and balance. It rests comfortably in the hand thanks to its soft, ergonomic grip that won’t slip even if your hands get wet. And it’s extremely sharp, requiring careful handling. OXO says that the knife can go in the dishwasher, but it doesn’t recommend it. Instead, hand wash it and dry it immediately to preserve the knife’s fine edge.

Strengths

Full tang for proper balance and great strength

Nonslip, ergonomic handle is comfortable to grip

Lightweight and agile

Able to mince foods very quickly and finely

Keeps its sharp edge for a long time

Great value

Weaknesses

Doesn’t come with a sheath or box for storage

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Ginsu 04858 Review https://10rate.com/ginsu-04858-review/ https://10rate.com/ginsu-04858-review/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:52:05 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=2503
Santoku Knive  8/10

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Ginsu 04858 Review: 2-Piece Stainless Steel Santoku Knife Set
What a great deal: two santoku knives from Ginsu for only $18.74. With a seamless, all-steel construction, these knives have a sleek, polished look and a nice heft to them. The larger one, 7 inches long, is ideal for cutting meats and fish, and the smaller 5-inch knife is on hand to take care of vegetables. For such an inexpensive knife set, we were astonished at how sharp, balanced, and heavy-duty they feel. They can chop through dense potatoes without making a mushy mess of them. You simply can’t beat the value of getting two high-quality knives for the price of one.

Strengths

Great value

Extremely sharp

Sleek, polished look

Stainless steel handles are strong and rugged

Substantial, well-balanced feel

Double serrated edges

Weaknesses

Difficult to remove them from packaging without getting cut

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Victorinox 47529 Review https://10rate.com/victorinox-47529-review/ https://10rate.com/victorinox-47529-review/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:49:26 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=2499
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Victorinox 47529 Review: Fibrox 7-Inch Granton Edge Santoku Knife
A lightweight, stamped santoku knife from Victorinox, this 7-inch knife reduces arm strain with repetitive use. Many chefs like the Victorinox brand for that reason because they spend hours in the kitchen chopping up food. Of course, you may have to adjust to a lighter knife with no bolster. Nevertheless, the blade is extremely sharp and slices through tough foods effortlessly. I felt like a surgeon making precise, razor-thin cuts with this knife. The composite plastic handle feels lightweight, but it’s comfortable to grip and doesn’t slip even when your hands are wet or greasy. Amazingly, this knife is only $25.

Strengths

Textured handle is slip-resistant even when hands are wet

Conical ground and laser-tested blade is sharp and uniform

Fulfills stringent sanitary standards

Lifetime warranty

Less arm fatigue because of lightweight design

Weaknesses

No bolster

Must be washed by hand

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Furi FUR888 Review https://10rate.com/furi-fur888-review/ https://10rate.com/furi-fur888-review/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:47:04 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=2495
Santoku Knive  7/10

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Furi FUR888 Review: Rachael Ray Gusto-Grip 6-Inch Santoku Knife
Inspired by the popular Gusto-Grip knives on Rachael Ray’s cooking show, this 6-inch santoku knife is lighter and thinner than most, and it features a very sharp edge. Able to slice through dense and soft foods with equal vigor, it has a comfortable plastic handle with built-in antimicrobial inhibitors. For a $14.64 santoku knife, it’s a quite decent performer. Its blade is made of stamped, not forged, steel, which accounts for the lighter feel. It doesn’t seem as heavy-duty or perfectly balanced as your more expensive knives, but it serves its purpose in the kitchen well.

Strengths

Very sharp and retains its edge

Comfortable handle with finger groove

Handle infused with antimicrobial inhibitors to prevent bacterial growth

Inexpensive

Limited lifetime warranty

Slices dense foods easily and quickly

Weaknesses

Some complain of rust problems

Light, cheap feel; stamped and not forged steel

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Guy Fieri ER31 Review https://10rate.com/guy-fieri-er31-review/ https://10rate.com/guy-fieri-er31-review/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:41:49 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=2491
Santoku Knive  7.5/10

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Guy Fieri ER31 Review: Knuckle Sandwich 5.5-Inch Santoku Knife with Crisscross Crusher
Some people feel most comfortable chopping, slicing, and dicing with a shorter blade. This Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich santoku knife is only 5.5 inches, offering great balance and maneuverability. It feel almost like a natural extension of the hand. A nice touch is the crisscross crusher at the end of the handle, which allows you to pulverize hard objects like nuts and garlic. The knife has a flame wave and star design on the handle, unique to this series of Guy Fieri knives. At $54.95, this santoku knife has a wonderful value.

Strengths

Full tang with abbreviated bolster makes it a well-balanced knife

Steel is treated with heat to stay strong

Short, ergonomic design offers great maneuverability

Crisscross knurl crusher at the end of the handle grinds up nuts and garlic cloves

Comes with an edge guard

Consistently razor-sharp

Weaknesses

Limited warranty extends only 5 years

May feel heavy to some

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Zwilling J.A. Henckels 31119-183 Review https://10rate.com/zwilling-j-a-henckels-31119-183-review/ https://10rate.com/zwilling-j-a-henckels-31119-183-review/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:39:03 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=2488
Santoku Knive  8.5/10

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Henckels 31119-183 Review: Twin Four Star 7-Inch Santoku Knife

Showing a fine craftsmanship and high quality, this Henckels 7-inch santoku knife, forged in Germany, features a sleek one-piece steel construction. You’ll find no crevices between the blade and the handle, so you don’t have to fear bacteria growth. In fact, the handle is tightly bonded to the tang for long-lasting stability. We were quite satisfied with the blade’s razor sharpness and edge retention. The wide blade is also handy for scooping up diced foods. With just the right heft and balance, this knife is amazingly priced at $89.99.


Strengths

Slip-resistant plastic handle

Sturdy one-piece steel construction

Great weight and balance

Blade stays sharp and retains its edge

Handle is permanently bonded to the tang

Lifetime warranty

Precision-honed edge is consistently razor-sharp

Weaknesses

Must be washed by hand

Blade is thinner than some other knives’

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Furi Rachael Ray FUR901 Review https://10rate.com/furi-rachael-ray-fur901-review/ https://10rate.com/furi-rachael-ray-fur901-review/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:36:26 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=2482
Santoku Knive  7.5/10

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Furi Rachael Ray FUR901 Review: 7-Inch Santoku Knife with Sharpening Storage Stand
Coming highly recommended by Rachael Ray, this Furi santoku knife comes with a scabbard stand that hones the blade each time you pull it out. You won’t have to worry about springing for an expensive steel or professional sharpener: the whole package is only $62.95. The stand can be put away in a drawer or mounted horizontally or vertically in your workspace so it’s always at reach. We were impressed with how sharp the blade stays and how effectively it chops, slices, and dices. The bright orange color may or may not be your thing.

Strengths

Included storage scabbard hones the knife each time its removed

Polypropylene/rubber handle has a non-slip surface and a comfortable finger notch

Option to mount storage stand to the counter

Antimicrobial protection on the handle prevents bacteria growth

Curved blade stays razor-sharp and cuts in a rocking motion

Weaknesses

Funky color

Best results when washed by hand

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Global G-48 Review https://10rate.com/global-g-48-review/ https://10rate.com/global-g-48-review/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:33:16 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=2479
Santoku Knive  9/10

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Global G-48 Review: 7-Inch Santoku Knife with Dimpled Handle
A sleek, serious-looking knife from Japan, the 7-inch Global santoku knife has a seamless, smooth design from tip to tang. Having no crevices between the blade and the handle means this knife is very easy to clean with just a sponge and some warm, soapy water. The razor-thinness of the blade is incredible, and it retains its edge for a long time. Global recommends using a diamond steel or a ceramic sharpener to get the best results. This knife is reasonably priced at $119.95 and should last a lifetime with proper care.

Strengths

Handle has darkened, dimpled grip for comfort and no slipping

Excellent balance

Razor-sharp blade

Smooth, seamless steel design

Lightweight

Retains its edge

Weaknesses

Should be washed by hand

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