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Video:Quick Tip: What Is a Santoku Knife?

with Danelle Drury Bavel

A Santoku knife is a specialty knife originally from Japan. Watch this About.com video to see why a Santoku knife is different and how it should be used in the kitchen.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tip: What Is a Santoku Knife?

Hello, my name in Danelle Drury for About.com.  Today I am here with a quick tip about what is a Santoku knife.

How to Use a Santoku Knife

Used for chopping, mincing, and dicing, a Santoku knife fits comfortably in the hand.  Originally from Japan, this knife is usually five to seven inches long.  If it is of high quality, it will be lightweight and well balanced.  Easy to control, this knife allows for precise-clean cuts.  The blade is thin and rigid and quite sharp.  This allows for very thin slices, however, it is not made to cut through bone or frozen meat like cleaver.   The hollow edges found on many Santoku knives help prevent food from sticking to the blade.  This is a hard working knife that should be a welcome addition to any kitchen.

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