I used to have so many knives in my kitchen. There was one I liked for cutting onions, one for most vegetables, one for tomatoes only, one for meats, one for this and one for that, and I used to just cut chicken with kitchen scissors.
Shun Chef Knife
But on my last birthday, a good friend gave me a chef knife. I’ve only read about them online but I don’t actually have any in my collection. I am more of a German knife kinda guy. But then I received this gift from Carla. The Shun chef knife beats them all. This is such an amazing knife, so versatile and so beautiful.
Japanese Chef Knives
Of course the Japanese have a high-end, centuries-old tradition of making knives, Samurai swords, and this old technique is being used for making the Shun chef knife as well. Also, they have used very high-quality steel for this knife.
The result is a knife that is very hard and durable. And it’s by far the sharpest I’ve ever had.
The Shun chef knife is great for slicing, dicing, and chopping. I found it to cut with ease through any meats and vegetables. Its handle fits great in my hand with a secure grip.
Stainless Steel Blade and Pakkawood Hull
And then there’s the look of the Shun chef knife. It is beautifully polished and shines with just a wipe. The Shun chef knife has no stains when hand washing and air drying. Even some slight stains from the dishwasher can be just wiped away and it shines again.
Because the Shun chef knife is so hard, it has very good edge retention and it is easy to sharpen. So far, I have only been honing my Shun chef knife once every week and the knife still is as razor sharp as it was in the beginning.
The Santoku Knife
What makes a Santoku knife great? First of all, the Santoku knives are great to carry out three types of cuts which are slicing, dicing and mincing. The Santoku’s knife shape is different than normal knives. The edge of the blade is flat and the end of the blade is a rounded curve rather than a pointy end. It is also much lighter and thinner than chef knives.
The Santoku knife has a unique characteristic about it. It has a granton edge. If you do not know what that is, it is small divots on both sides of the blade. This is to ensure that the food you dice or mince doesn’t stick to the blade. Not only that, you can feel the difference when slicing through potatoes and even cucumbers. Even though this knife originated from Japan, it has also become a part of the german knives. Seeing as famous brands such as Wusthof and Henckels have produced great Santoku knives throughout the years.
The German Santoku Knives
The best Santoku knives out there are the Wusthof Classic 7-Inch Santoku Knife and the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pro S 7-Inch Santoku Knife with Hollow Edge. I assure you that by purchasing a Santoku knife, it will change your cooking experience.