Santoku Knives Review: Cut Above the Rest

Nov 11, 2017 | Accessories

Santoku knives are becoming really popular in the US in the recent years. It is a general purpose knife as word “Santoku” means  “three uses” in Japanese. The three uses are slicing, dicing and mincing, so you can really use it for anything in the kitchen. They are shorter, lighter, and wider from most other kitchen knives and definitely give you a different feel. These are our top 3 recommendations for the best santoku knife.




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Rating[usr 4.8][usr 4.8][usr 4.8]
Weight6.4 oz1 lb1 lb
MaterialJapanese SteelGerman Cutlery SteelThyssenKrupp German steel

Top 3 Santoku Knives of 2018!

1. Mercer Culinary Millennia Santoku Knife

Our Rating:  [usr 4.8] (4.8/5)
Material One piece high-carbon, stain free Japanese Steel
NSF Certified  
Protective Finger Guard  

If you are looking for a quality kitchen knife that is not too heavy, then The Mercer Culinary Millennia Santoku knife might be your choice. This is a well balanced, versatile knife that will probably last many years. The Japanese concept means it has a pretty wide blade, that is still light and precise.

Mercer is known for making professional knives that are not too expensive, but produce satisfying results in the kitchen. The Millenia series knives come with handles in different colors for better organization in the kitchen, and all have ergonomic handles.

The Mercer Culinary Millennia 7-inch Santoku knife is made from high quality Japanese steel. The steel is high-carbon and stain-free which allows it to have a razor sharp edge that resists any rust, corrosion or discoloration. The edge is very easy to maintain and you can sharpen it perfectly in a very short time.

The ergonomic handle features textured finger points so your fingers don’t slip and a protective finger guard. The handle itself is made from a mix of Santoprene and polypropylene. This mixture makes a durable handle that is still comfortable and allows for the perfect grip.

This knife is NSF certified which means that it has met NSF’s standards for safety, quality and performance and Mercer provides a limited lifetime warranty for this knife.

Overall, this is a decent knife to use for various needs in your kitchen, especially if you do not want to spend too much money on a knife. Even if you are not a professional cook, we think you will find it comfortable and easy to use.

This knife has received overwhelmingly good reviews and it can truly be used for everything. You can cut bread, slice vegetables with amazing precision and you can even use it for meat, although that is not the primary purpose of this knife.

Overall, Mercer Culinary Millennia santoku knife is a beautiful and functional blade. It’s definitely a useful addition to any knife rack.

2. Mercer Culinary Genesis Santoku Knife

Our Rating: [usr 4.8] (4.8/5)
Ergonomic Santoprene Handle
NSF Certified  
Material High-carbon, no-stain, German Cutlery Steel

Mercer Culinary Genesis 7-Inch Forged Santoku knife is a wonderful combination of Japanese traditional shape and feel with modern design. It was actually made in Taiwan using European technology. This knife can be used for various functions in the kitchen, just like Western-style kitchen knife, but it’s lighter and thinner

This santoku knife features a single-piece blade made from high-carbon, no-stain German steel. The blade is pretty wide but still very light and very sharp. This is because the high-carbon steel is extra hardened to allow for a thinner blade. It also features a full tang, running through the entire length of the handle, allowing for more powerful and precise chopping and bolster for superior balance.

The precision forged blade also comes with a Granton edge. It means a series of dimples is ground into the sides of the blade. These shallows create air pockets that allow thin slices to release easier from the blade.  Granton edges really enable you to slice easily, without shredding and don’t worry, they don’t impact the quality of the blade.

The edge of Mercer Culinary Genesis Santoku is sharpened at 19 degrees, but you can sharpen it to 15 degrees or anything that feels best for you. You can do this yourself easily, with a honing steel or a wet stone.

The handle is made from Santoprene. This material is very durable and and it doesn’t slip even when your hands are wet. It’s ergonomic design allows for a comfortable and secure grip.

However, be careful not to wash this knife in the dishwasher because the prolonged exposure to water and high temperatures can damage the handle and the blade. For best results, wash it with warm water and soap and dry with a soft towel.

This knife is also NSF certified and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. What really makes it stand out is an excellent balance which means easier handling when cutting food. You really need to try it to feel the precision and ease of cutting this blade provides.

3. DALSTRONG Santoku Knife Gladiator Series

Our Rating: [usr 4.8] (4.8/5)
Weight 1 lb
Material high carbon ThyssenKrupp German steel

Dalstrong is a relatively new knife manufacturer, but they did a great job making the Gladiator series santoku. It is a great combination of an ancient Japanese concept and modern methods.

The blade is made from high carbon German Steel  with added chromium. The knife is precision forged and hand sharpened to 16-18 degrees per side which allows for a sharp blade that still has maximum resilience. The blade itself is a bit more curved than some other santoku knives which might be more comfortable for some chefs. It really depends on your preference.

The edge is hand polished at 18 degrees on each side. The blade has oval shaped divots along the sides that minimize friction, so thin slices don’t stick to the knife. It also features full tang and a bolster that provide better balance and precision.

The handle is made from imported black pakkawood, which is which is actually phenolic impregnated wood. This material closely resembles natural wood, but it’s waterproof so it doesn’t warp and split like natural wood in contact with water.  Even though pakkawood is a pretty hard material, the handle is very comfortable and easy to control because of the ergonomic design.

This knife is very versatile and it works great for slicing as well as dicing and mixing. It can be used for cutting fruit, vegetables or herbs. Whether you are a hobbyist or a pro, you should really try this knife, and there is even a money back guarantee.

The Dalstrong Gladiator Series Santoku knife has added chromium, so it’s very resistant to stains and corrosion and easily cleaned. However, washing in the dishwasher can cause damage to this knife.

This knife just really feels good in your hand. It’s perfect for cutting thin slices, but firm enough to use for chopping too. With it’s beautiful design, great performance and easy maintenance, this knife is definitely a good investment.

Billy StewartBilly Stewart

Founder of

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