J.A. Henckels Twin Signature Santoku

Japanese Kitchen Stainless 7 Inch Granton Edge

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J.A. Henckels Twin Signature Santoku The real improvements you'll see in this 7" Santoku from J. A. Henckels have more to do with the thinner steel than the multiple hollow grind of the blade. The benefits are still genuine when you compare this vegetable slicing knife to the older chef's knife patterns.

The Western style chef's knife is a general purpose prep knife used for nearly everything in the kitchen, but the Japanese Santoku is designed especially for accurate and thin slicing of vegetables. With a straighter edge and a granton hollow grind, the Santoku can do this lighter work with less fatigue and give better results.

This thinner stamped steel blade, carefully taper ground and laser tested to assure uniform quality, is also ice hardened in a special tempering process, giving it higher tensile strength and good edge holding ability. Sharpening with a honing steel should be all the upkeep it needs. The uplifted design of the ergonomic handle reduces stress on the wrist as well.

The hollow grind is supposed to release food slices from the blade, ending the stacking and rolling problems that keep interrupting fast work--in practice I've not seen much of that. There is some improvement, but it's not perfect. In other ways the Santoku really is better than the old Western cook's knives. If you don't have one, you need one.

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