Santoku knives are very similar to chefs knives being that they are multi purpose knives, however they are different in shape and form. The santoku has a wider blade similar to that of a cleaver, and it has engraved divets along it’s blade to help the food fall off the knife rather than sticking to it, thereby speeding up food processing time.
This review is on the Dalstrong Gladiator Series Santoku Knife. This santoku knife by Dalstrong is a very expensive looking and great feeling knife. With quality like this, I feel it is a very well priced premium knife. The knife came in a very classy gift box with a magnet closure, and included a handy booklet with instructions on how to properly use the knife as well as care instructions for the knife. Also included in the box was a nice key chain with the Dalstrong emblem on it.
The knife feels solid to the clutch and the weight seems pretty well balanced. As for the blade, it is 7 inches long made out of high carbon ThyssenKrupp German steel ensuring for a constant sharp blade and good stain resistance. The blade is sharpened at 18 degrees on each side which enables for thin slicing and dicing. There are oval rivets engraved along the blade which help the food fall off it while slicing, which is very convenient.
The handle of the knife is both beautiful and ergonomic, fitting in the palm of my hand comfortably. The handle is composed of a dark brownish black Spanish pakkawood held in place by 3 rivets. At the base of the handle is a nice bolster which I can comfortably wrap my thumb and index finger around when holding the knife.
With this knife, I was able to slice, dice and mince with ease. The weight of the knife is just perfect with me and makes it easier to go through tougher vegetables like potatoes and thick carrots. As for sharpening the blade, I wouldn’t recommend using one of those cheap 2 pass sharpeners, but rather do it the old school way with a whetstone.
Included with the knife was a quality knife sheath to protect the blade, which is great as I often cook on location and it makes it easier to travel with. The sheath is made of a hard plastic and won’t slide off mistakenly.
I received this knife at a discounted price in exchange for my honest review, and these are my unbiased thoughts on the knife.
This knife can be found here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1SqqGrA