Shorter Gyuto/Santoku

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  1. Dec 5, 2019 #1

    Alexec

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    Found a reason to buy a new knife again.
    A new project appeared on a very very tiny kitchen in Melbourne. So i need a very very tiny gyuto, 18cm. Preety much an all around to demonstrate the tasks and prep for a week or two.
    Im thinking either Kaeru white18cm or takamura vg10 sandoku. Any better suggestions?
     
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    Gjackson98

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    I personally own 2 santoku/short gyuto knives. Harner CTS XHP short gyuto and a mazaki K tip santoku. both are complete different profiles.
    I would recommend the mazaki K tip if you like taller profile (56mm maybe); Harner CTS XHP for more detailed works.
     
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    jimmy_d

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    I have a Sakai Takayuki 180 Santoku over in the BST that would fit your needs
     
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    Very happy with this 180 Takamura gyuto from MTC. Awesome little knife.

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    I’ll second the endorsement of Harner shorty. It’s quite tall at the heel—over 60mm. Krameresque profile. Love the feel of the western handle, and this blade is super responsive.
     
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    jaeysehn

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    go with your instinct on the takamura!! great little knife in 180!!
     
  8. Dec 8, 2019 #8

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    I like bunkas over small gyutos, personally. You get a flat profile, and a pointy tip if needed, height and weight. I feel small gyutos are often just pettys with a few extra mm height.
     
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    My main knives are 180mm gyutos. However, I hammer grip the 180 while pinch grip the 210 or larger. Due the hammer grip being further back, the usable portion of the knife ahead of my hand is about the same, so the 180 does not feel small at all, it does feel small if I try to pinch grip it.

    I find my grip style authentically switches depend on the size of knife. My hand tends to settle on the knife’s center of gravity, which is closer to or at the handle for 180 but further out for longer knives.
     
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    Benuser

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    Make sure the santoku you get isn't too flat and does have some upswing. Otherwise you can use it only for push-cutting and damage both tip and board when slicing or with 'guillotine and glide'.
     

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