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Small gyuto vs santoku

Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:17 pm

I want to get a short gyuto or santoku for my girlfriend. Which would you choose? A 180mm gyuto or a santoku of the same size
Or even 170mm


Re: Small gyuto vs santoku

Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:33 pm

Maybe the santoku; women tend to like them over gyutos. Also, santoku's seem to have less belly usually.



Re: Small gyuto vs santoku

Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:40 pm

I was leaning towards the santoku. However, my fondness of he gyuto shape pulled me into confusion. Also do you sharpen girlfriends wives or just women's knives in general just as sharp as for yourself? My girl is often scared how sharp I like my knives haha


Re: Small gyuto vs santoku

Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:56 pm

MOWG <> The Santoku is the veritable "jack-of-all-trades, but master of none." It's a versatile tool that is awesome for a residential kitchen. That said, some people don't like it's bulk. It is not the most nimble of profiles when wielded by an inexperienced hand.

Ironically enough, I have been toying with the idea of throwing another Gyuto of mine on the classified section below. If you're interested in a brand new high performance stainless 180mm Damascus Ryusen Gyuto in VG-10, I was on the fence w/selling it, but I'd consider selling it at 30% discount to the $150 I paid for it.

And in reply, the girl currently residing at my house loves knives scary sharp. In fact, she often requests touch-ups, as well. She like them sharp, but that doesnt mean she respects them in turn...

Re: Small gyuto vs santoku

Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:33 pm

santoku is just useless fashion. It's designed to do three things but in fact doesn't do anything that well. problem is it has a continuous shallow belly so it doesn't have good board contact anywhere. But it's sheep's foot tips make it less scary so housewives like it. It's just funny to see on TV that even famous chefs are teaching people how to use it by rocking.

I'd recommend a nakiri. it's very useful and she will be staying ahead of the fashion curve.

Re: Small gyuto vs santoku

Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:37 am

Among the American masses, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a "housewife" more comfortable wielding a Nakiri as to a Gyuto...

Re: Small gyuto vs santoku

Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:34 am

well, I did say fashion instead of comfort. what housewives are comfortable with is not something I can understand. my wife likes a nakiri and when I asked her to choose from a few on CKTG, she chose the kono. yeah, very cute choice. but then, my wife is also Chinese and she has no idea how to rock a knife.

Re: Small gyuto vs santoku

Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:08 pm

My wife is a housewife and won't stop using the cheap nakiri despite having a plethora of options around. Women love Nakiris, IME, especially vegetarians.

Re: Small gyuto vs santoku

Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:27 pm

Doesn't have anything to do with gender...it has to do with function.

Nakiri kicks ass on vegetables...end of story...unless you want an expensive single beveled Usuba which is actually for finer, thin work.
I'll take a flat, light Nakiri over a large non-flat gyuto for vegetables anyday.
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