Santoku means ‘three virtues’ in Japanese and this refers to the three cutting tasks handled by this type of knife. Santoku knives are sharp, lightweight, and thin with a straight edge – unlike French knives which have curved edges.
Herein, are German or Japanese knives better?
Harder Japanese knives will hold an edge better; however, that same harder steel is less durable and more prone to chipping or even breaking. The softer-steel German knives are far more durable, but won’t maintain an edge for as long as the harder steel.
Just so, do chefs use Santoku knives?
Home cooks and professional chefs alike use both santoku and chef’s knives for a variety of cutting tasks. Both types of cutlery have their places in a kitchen knife set, but there are important distinctions. Learn more about santoku vs.
How do you sharpen Santoku knives?
A chef’s knife (also called a French knife) has a broad, tapered shape and a fine sharp edge. Its blade ranges in length from 6 to 12 inches and measures at least 1-1/2 inches at the widest point. It is designed so it rocks on a cutting board as it cuts food.
If you cook a certain type of food, for example a menu heavy on fish, fruit and vegetables, but with less meat, then a Santoku knife would be the better choice. If you’re looking for a robust all-rounder which can carve meat and cut small bones as well as fruit and vegetables then a chef’s knife is best.
What is a French Chef knife used for? It is an essential knife for cutting fruits and vegetables and is ideal for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing. Its wide blade is perfect for moving ingredients from the cutting board to the pan.
The best uses for a Santoku knife
Best used for: Cutting meat. Slicing cheese. Slicing, chopping or dicing fruits, vegetables and nuts.
Gyuto has a more curved edge profile and a less turned down spine than Santoku. As a result, Gyuto has a slightly sharper tip. These make cutting into a meat and rock cutting motions a little easier. Santoku’s turned down spine is known as a sheep’s foot blade, or sheep’s foot tip.
These depressions, called kullenschliff or a Granton edge, reduce friction and help prevent food from sticking to the blade. As a result of the santoku’s popularity, manufacturers have started adding the dimpled edge to other knives, too. Now you can get a kullenschliff edge on all sorts of knives.