Universal knives (Santoku)
The most used universal knife in the Japanese kitchen is the Santoku. Santoku means "three uses" and refers to the possibility of using this knife for meat, fish and vegetables. The shape of the Santoku is in the in between a chef's knife (Gyuto) and a greeting knife (Nakiri). The Santoku is the ideal universal knife for both the amateur and professional chef.
Santoku knives are available from 140 to 210 mm (blade length). The most common lengths are between 170-190mm
In addition to the Santoku there are also derived forms such as the Ko-Bunka, Bunka (both with straight cut point) or Funayuki (traditional single-sided sharpened knife with a blade in the vom of a long Deba).
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