Product Review: CUTCO Santoku Knife

published Mar 22, 2011
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When I received a CUTCO santoku knife to review I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I already own several low-end (Macy’s major blow-out sale) santoku knives and I haven’t had any problems with them. It wasn’t until I made my first cut with this CUTCO knife that I finally realized what all the fuss is about.

1 / 5

When I first removed the protective cover and saw the shiny and insanely sharp blade I was immediately impressed and intrigued. I honestly couldn’t wait until I could put this knife to the test on a soft plump tomato and see how it handled a typically difficult challenge for a dull knife.

First things first, though: The knife has a good weight to it and feels sturdy in the hand. The blade a is full hollow ground blade that measures 7-inches (and is also available in 5-inches) and made from high-carbon, stain-resistant steel. The handle is made from a dishwasher-safe, thermo-resin material that will not chip, crack or absorb moisture. They are also stain resistant! The handles come in Pearl or Classic finish (C lassic finish pictured above).

Features include the full-tang construction of the knives. The steel blades actually run the entire length of the knife and stay attached to the handle through the triple rivets. CUTCO coined their handle the “hand perfect” handle because it was designed to fit left, right, small or large hands and I have to agree. I didn’t try to adjust the handle or even second guess if it was comfortable because it immediately was.

When it came to actually putting the knife to the test, I must say, the CUTCO santoku knife cut straight through the tomato before I even noticed it was all the way through. I’ve seen knives smash tomatoes on the cutting board if they weren’t sharp enough and that was no problem at all. The blade slid through with ease and extreme precision. Next, I diced a shallot and each piece was cut thoroughly and evenly. There were no rough chopped pieces due to the blade slicing through with exact precious and extreme ease.

• Find it: Santoku Knives by CUTCO, specific price upon request at CUTCO, but generally runs $99 for 7-inch and $87 for 5-inch.

Do you have any CUTCO knives? What do you think of them? Are they worth their price?

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Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.

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