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Santoku or Gyuto?

Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:25 pm

I recently picked up my first handmade knife, Takeda Nakiri, and realize how heavy and dull my other knives feel. Which style, santoku or gyuto, is more universal for a home kitchen? I'm realizing I like the light feel and the wa handle. I rock cut with my old knives probably because they aren't as sharp as they should be but with my new Takeda I find my self push cutting more but it rocks just fine too.

Re: Santoku or Gyuto?

Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:32 pm

I would expect Gyutos to be more common.

Thats certainly the impression I get from reading all these knife forums!

Re: Santoku or Gyuto?

Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:36 pm

I like the Gyuto. I never understood the apeal of the santoku. I think it was just a fad.

Re: Santoku or Gyuto?

Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:40 pm

Some people like a Santoku for the home. I don't mind using one, but they are usually too short; I prefer a 240mm gyuto to a 210mm gyuto any day and most Santoku's are between 165mm and 180mm (7"), so they feel short. If you already have a Nakiri, the flatter edge profile of the Santoku will be somewhat redundant to the Nakiri's flat edge, so I would go with a 210mm or 240mm gyuto instead.

Re: Santoku or Gyuto?

Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:46 pm

gyuto is the most versatile but the santoku can do many things as well. a gyuto or chef knife can do things the santoku cannot, only because of the tip that the santoku lacks.

a sheep's foot shaped blade limits this versatility.

Re: Santoku or Gyuto?

Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:20 pm

taz575 wrote: If you already have a Nakiri, the flatter edge profile of the Santoku will be somewhat redundant to the Nakiri's flat edge, so I would go with a gyuto instead.

Re: Santoku or Gyuto?

Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:29 pm

We sell lots more gyutos than santokus but for those that want a smaller all purpose knife santokus are a good choice since many gyutos don't come in the 160-190mm range. Years ago Rachael Ray made the Santoku a very popular knife type when she used one (ironically a Wusthof) on her tv show. I was told more Japanese households use santokus as their go to knife but I don't know for a fact if that is true. It seems to be true judging by all the ones that are offered to us.

Re: Santoku or Gyuto?

Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:15 pm

...the veritable jack-of-all-trades, master of none.

Re: Santoku or Gyuto?

Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:39 pm

Thank you all for the helpful replies. I'll be searching for a good gyuto!

Re: Santoku or Gyuto?

Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:44 am

Well, what are you looking for in the gyuto? Push cuts, rock chopping, Wa handle, Western, Carbon, Stainless, etc?
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