A santoku is a Japanese all-purpose kitchen knife. Like a chef’s knife,
the santoku is used for just about every cutting job in the kitchen.
The name means “three virtues.” Depending on who you ask, the name
refers either to the three types of foods it works well with—vegetables,
proteins, and fruit—or for the three types of cuts at which it
excels—slicing, dicing, and chopping. Hollow-ground indentations on the
blade help reduce friction so the blade glides through the food more
easily. When we first introduced the Shun Classic Hollow-Ground Santoku
to the market, it was named “Kitchen Knife of the Year” by Blade
magazine. The Shun Classic Hollow-Ground Santoku is part of the Shun
Classic line of tasteful and contemporary cutlery.
The Shun Classic line features beautiful Damascus-clad blades and
D-shaped ebony PakkaWood handles. Yet behind these handcrafted knives'
beauty is function: razor-sharp blades offering top performance. Shun's
VG-MAX steel, known for its incredible edge retention, is clad with
Damascus stainless steel, then ground and bead-blasted, revealing the
flowing pattern of the layered steel. The result is a line of knives
that are sharp, durable, and corrosion resistant, as well as beautiful
to behold. The Shun Classic line also offers you the widest assortment
of both traditional culinary blade shapes and cutting-edge designs, so
you can always find the right knife for the task.
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