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Old 07-28-2007, 11:19 AM   #1
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Can you "rock" with your santoku knife?

ok, i have to admit...

i bought a few "cheap" santokus to get accustomed to the style of knife, but the one thing i've REALLY noticed is that you can't really "rock" your blade for smooth cutting cause the blade is really straight.

i noticed that the furi knife (rachel ray's) is slightly curved.

can you guys recommend a good "rockable" santoku knife?

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Old 07-28-2007, 12:15 PM   #2
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If you want to rock then get a chefs knife, not a santoku. A santoku is not designed to rock, it is designed to slice.
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Old 07-28-2007, 01:27 PM   #3
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When I want to rock I pull out my chef's knife. I don't know any brand names but if you want a santoku that rocks just look for one that.......well.........um........rocks

A chef's knife truly rocks though.
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Old 07-28-2007, 02:13 PM   #4
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If you want to rock then get a chefs knife, not a santoku. A santoku is not designed to rock, it is designed to slice.
thanks for telling me what to do, and BTW, i own a chef's knife.

there are SEVERAL chefs & cooks that can "rock" with santokus; they do so on TV.

rachel does with hers.
ron rainford does with his MAC on "license to grill."
and i've seen giada do it as well.

not as smooth as with a chef's knife, but to the same effect.

i have an 8 & a 10" chef's knife, and i can "rock" with both... i was simply asking if anyone had a santoku they found was easy to rock. so far, it seems as though the only santoku that had "rocking" in mind was the furi used by RR.
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Old 07-28-2007, 02:16 PM   #5
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It can be done, but it is not designed that way. Just as you can race with a station wagon, that is not what it was made to do.

The right tool for the right job will serve you well. It can be dangerous to use a tool in a way it was not designed to be used.
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Old 07-28-2007, 02:24 PM   #6
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I've noticed that on television too. People use this knife the way they use a chef's knife, and I have always wondered when I see that, what do they have against using a chef's knife? They work wonderfully for that type of cutting.

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I've noticed that on television too. People use this knife the way they use a chef's knife, and I have always wondered when I see that, what do they have against using a chef's knife? They work wonderfully for that type of cutting.

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The reason I use my santoku is because of the MUCH thinner blade. I feel more in control of thin slices of onion, tomatoes, etc. If you look at the top edge of a chef's knife versus a santoku you will see the difference.

black chef, if you'll watch these people you mentioned I bet they are holding the tip to the cutting board. They are basically just slicing. Their knives aren't rocking because the blade is flat. I guess with the Furi you have the best of both worlds, a santoku that rocks some AND has a thin blade.
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It's not about the knife, it's about the knife skills. I can take a whole fish (up to 12-15 lbs.) and clean, fillet, and cut into sashimi-type slices with my santoku. I can take a whole chicken and break it down with my santoku. I can finely mince garlic with my santoku. So while there are other knives that may be designed for specific purposes, the most important factor is the knife skills of the individual.
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It's not about the knife, it's about the knife skills. I can take a whole fish (up to 12-15 lbs.) and clean, fillet, and cut into sashimi-type slices with my santoku. I can take a whole chicken and break it down with my santoku. I can finely mince garlic with my santoku. So while there are other knives that may be designed for specific purposes, the most important factor is the knife skills of the individual.
true.

so what santoku do you recommend?
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Knives are like shoes. You need to find one that fits you. What is a good knife for you will be a poor one for someone else. You really need to go to a store and handle them to see which fits.
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