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    New Santoku

    So after much deliberation and a new handbag (for Mrs) it's time to buy a Santoku.
    Been looking at the Tanaka Santoku Ironwood at JCK for ages however does anyone have any better ideas ?

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    any reason why you want a santoku over a gyuto? gyutos are a bit more versatile

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    I have a 240 Tanaka Ironwood gyuto and I have to say it is the best knife I own.
    The R2 steel gets super sharp and the edge will out live any of my other knives.
    If you decide to get one of these you will not be sorry.
    I must also say there are a lot of nice knives out there that are more economical, but if money is not a concern go for the Tanaka.

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    That Tanaka santoku is a pretty nice looking piece of cutlery, but it's kind of pricy. Why select a santoku over a gyuto? I wouldn't try to talk you out of getting a santoku, but I am wondering deciding factors steered you to the santoku.

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    While I've never handled these knives from the looks of it this santoku isn't as much of a drop nose as some. It has a more slender pointed tip that seems to go up and not down. I think this would be an awesome purchase for a santoku lover, especially as its tip limits the functionality and versatility line between gyutos and santokus.

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    Hi, thanks for the replies, I already own a 240 Tanaka Gyuto and a Nakiri so I know how good these knives are.
    I have three Gyutos already so do not feel I need another one yet, my small Global santoku is becoming first choice when I only need to prep small quantities

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    When you say "better ideas" are you asking for an alternative to a 165-ish mm santoku? or an alternative to a Tanaka santoku?

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    Guess I was thinking of an alternative to the Tanaka

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    Take a look at Murray Carter's Wa-bocho!

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    Or even a funayuki...or a petty....
    The difference between try and triumph is a little "umph"! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!
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