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Old 10-03-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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Santoku vs. chef's knives

I have been using a low end Henckels santoku knife that I got at Bed Bath and Beyond, and it seems a little flimsy. I'm thinking of exchanging it for something of slightly better quality, possibly in the Victorianox line. I'm not sure whether to get another santoku or a chef's knife, In the past I used a Wusthof classic 8" chef's knife but it was too big and cumbersome for me. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to choose a knife?

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Old 10-03-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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I have been using a low end Henckels santoku knife that I got at Bed Bath and Beyond, and it seems a little flimsy. I'm thinking of exchanging it for something of slightly better quality, possibly in the Victorianox line. I'm not sure whether to get another santoku or a chef's knife, In the past I used a Wusthof classic 8" chef's knife but it was too big and cumbersome for me. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to choose a knife?
Consider a 6" chefs knife if the 8" was too big.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:57 PM   #3
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Consider a 6" chefs knife if the 8" was too big.
Will a knife that size work well with most vegetables, especially larger ones like butternut squash?
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Will a knife that size work well with most vegetables, especially larger ones like butternut squash?

I use one regularly along with my 8" chefs knife. A longer blade may be easier to use on a large squash but the 6" will get the job done too.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:01 AM   #5
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I use one regularly along with my 8" chefs knife. A longer blade may be easier to use on a large squash but the 6" will get the job done too.
That's great. Do you did that there are any advantages to using a chef's knife versus a santoku?
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The rounded blade of a chefs knife makes chopping easier.

The straight blade of a santuko is for slicing .

But for most home cooks it doesn't matter a whole lot.
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The rounded blade of a chefs knife makes chopping easier.

The straight blade of a santuko is for slicing .

But for most home cooks it doesn't matter a whole lot.
My knife skills are at beginner level, so maybe a chef's knife is best for now?
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That's great. Do you did that there are any advantages to using a chef's knife versus a santoku?

I find the chefs more versatile. The key is what you are more comfortable with.
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I find the chefs more versatile. The key is what you are more comfortable with.
I agree with this 100%. Not so much comfort in the strict sense of the word, but having the knife fit well in your hand and under your control. As your knife skills grow, you will find that you can use different knives for different needs.
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Ask to try the knife in your hand. Emulate chopping with it. Is it comfortable? Start out with a chef's knife. It is more versitle than any other knife in your kitchen. But just make sure it is comfortable in your hand. Your knife skills will come in time. Just go slow and don't try to do everything like you see on TV. Those folks have been cooking for eons.
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