I don't have a Santoku knife so I was curious how it would compare. It is smaller and lighter than my Chef's Knife. I've been testing it out for a couple of months using it for just about everything.
I have three knives that I use regularly in my kitchen. A Santoku knife was a new addition. The blade of a Santoku knife differs from a Chef's Knife. It is straight and useful for chopping whereas a Chef's Knife is perfect for a rocking motion while using. My first instinct was to use the Santoku Knife in the same fashion as a Chef's Knife so initially I wasn't too pleased with the results but after reading it is not designed for a rocking motion, I changed the way I was using it and things started to improve.
My first use was to mince cilantro as it is something I use just about everyday in my cooking. I immediately noticed I was not getting a good mince. After sharpening a couple of times, it was much did a much better job.
I liked how light this knife is and enjoyed using it for chopping. For mincing I prefer my Chef's Knife. I wished that the knife came sharpened well. Overall it is a good multi-purpose knife.
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Disclosure: I received a free sample to try. All opinions are my own.