Santoku literally translates as ‘three benefits’ – slicing, dicing and mincing of vegetables, meat and fish and is the classic Japanese chefs’ knife shape. This shape is now becoming a byword for anyone looking for a Japanese style blade. With a wide blade with a relatively straight edge this is the perfect knife for general food preparation. In a professional kitchen this shape is best for the prep, garnish and vegetable sections. In profile, the blade is straight for about 60% of the edge and then curves softly to the tip. The breadth of this gently curved blade is ideally suited for resting against the knuckle for total control and speed as well as complete safety when chopping straight down using the very back of the knife for grater like mincing of garlic, ginger etc.
The Saji R2 Ironwood Gyuto is probably one of the most desirable chefs' knives money can buy. Gyuto – meaning cow sword, is designed to make light work of slicing, dicing and filleting raw meat and fish. It is the Japanese adaptation of the classic French cooks' knife. This familiar looking blade represents optimal versatility as it tapers from broad base to narrow point allowing efficient contact cutting, slicing and occasional carving. The curved edge profile facilitates easy rolling action. The Gyuto is narrower, making it able to cope with fatty, starchy, oily or any other foods that have a tendency to stick to the side of the blade. If you require the knife to cut more raw / cooked flesh (meat or fish) than vegetables and want to double it up for occasional carving or only use/prefer a classic western style shape, then the Gyuto is ideal. SPECIAL NOTES: Not to be used on bone or for ANY kind of twisting or prising. CUT ONLY on wood or HDP. Do not allow Knives to be abused as screwdrivers, tin openers or for any use other than food preparation. ONLY FOR CULINARY USE. Includes: One Free Sharpening