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    Is this the best Santoku knife?

    I am looking for an amazing santoku knife - I currently have a Wusthof santoku that gets shaving sharp but not very attractive and a little too thick.

    I am considering either a Shun Kaji or this offering from Rutlands in the UK which has 64 layers wrapped arround a SG-2 core:

    http://www.rutlands.co.uk/knives/kit...urpose---165mm

    Any advice or other suggestions would be most welcome..

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    Welcome to the forum Bryan.

    Are you located in the UK?

    You might check out this website if you haven't already: http://japanesechefsknife.com/default.html

    Large selection of quality knives with fast, cheap shipping around the world (and rarely a problem with customs).

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    Is there such a thing as a good santoku?

    I got a $9 KAI PureKomachi 2 santoku for my wife; she's afraid of any blade longer than about 7" and the pink color makes her think it's "less sharp" and not too scary.
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    Welcome Bryan,

    One thing you will learn quickly is that there is a defiance, loathing and general dislike of all things Santoku by many forum members. I don't have a major problem with them personally, but I also do not purchase high end Santoku's either. With that said. Perhaps you can share a little more information such as what your budget is, what type of handle you think you may want (western or wa), type of grip you use when cutting, whether or not you have any experience sharpening or not or will want to sharpen, how much care you are willing to put into a blade...

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    Yeah, I don't get the santoku craze either. I'll take a gyuto every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    I am looking for an amazing santoku knife - I currently have a Wusthof santoku that gets shaving sharp but not very attractive and a little too thick.

    I am considering either a Shun Kaji or this offering from Rutlands in the UK which has 64 layers wrapped arround a SG-2 core:

    http://www.rutlands.co.uk/knives/kit...urpose---165mm

    Any advice or other suggestions would be most welcome..
    I for some odd reason have a mint condition, sharpened once Shun Granton Santoku 7" in my backpack. I used it once, then put a nicer edge on it. Its $85+ shipping to you.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanB View Post
    Yeah, I don't get the santoku craze either. I'll take a gyuto every time.
    +1 im a cleaver guy myself! although some stuff like cleaning 100 pounds of brussel sprouts gets annoying with cleaver, so I use gyuoto. Love all my Takeda products. Slowly gifting away all of my Wustholfs to my dishwashers and teaching them the basics.

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    I'm going to be bold here.

    No. That is not the best santoku. And holy moly is it expensive.

    Check out japanese knife imports for real deal traditional stuff, but why don't you just tell us what exactly you are looking for? There is a sticky for that.

    Welcome, Bryan!

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    It looks identical to the tanaka R2's I have, one being micarta as well. A tanaka R2( which is probably better than sg2) santoku would run $420ish, American...

    And they are bass$$, by the way.
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    Lots of santoku hate on these boards,so I guess I'm in the minority when I say I like my santokus.I have 2.A Kasumi SS,which I got for a bargain and use as a beater,and a Moritaka #2 Blue(yes,yes I know..beware the curse of the Moritakas) I'm not endorsing either brand,but I think a santoku can be a good addition to any kit.It's small enough when you don't want to pull out the big guns and has enough blade height when a petty won't do.

    Just don't buy the ones with the grantons.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    First off, the knives rutlands have are massively overpriced, they also have a lot of half truths in their marketing spiel. Every now and then their catalogue drops through my door and they've slowly started stocking more Japanese knives but I don't think they have a clue what they are selling.
    For that kind of money you could start thinking about a custom made knife from Will Catcheside, based in Hereford and has a sub forum on this site.
    I'd recommend looking at JCK linked to by Johnny, shipping to UK is very reasonable and they have a good choice at reasonable prices.
    Any reason you chose santoku shape? A Gyuto is much more versatile and offers more choice in makers and steels.

    If you read some of the what knife threads you might find it useful to see what has been recommended before.
    Good luck and ask away with questions

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