A santoku is a Japanese all-purpose kitchen knife. It can be used for just about every cutting job in the kitchen, just like a chef's knie. "Santoku" 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. This Shun Classic Santoku offers a compact 4-inch blade, making it a perfect go-to knife when cutting medium-sized foods or for cooks who simply prefer the quick handling of a smaller kitchen knife. Hollow-ground indentations on the blade help reduce friction so the blade glides through whatever you're cutting more easily.
A compact, do-it-all kitchen knife
Proprietary VG-MAX cutting core is wear and corrosion resistant, strong, and very fine-grained to enable a razor-sharp, long-lasting 16° edge
34 layers of stainless Damascus cladding each side (68 total); support the core, add stain resistance, and help food release from the blade
D-shaped ebony PakkaWood® handles are comfortable for both left- and right-handed users; durable, beautiful, and won't harbor bacteria
Full composite tang for light weight and perfect balance