Sakai Takayuki Grand Chef Japanese Petty (Utility) Knife 150mm (5.9") Wooden Handle, Water Buffalo Horn Ferrule
This knife makes a great short slicer, standard utility knife, or sandwich knife. It would make the perfect complement to a chef's knife or santoku. It uses an excellent Swedish stainless "super steel" so the blade is hard (HRC of at least 60) for superb edge retention and sharpness, durable, rust-free and easy to maintain, and you get the very useful and standard Japanese style petty (utility) knife shape. But the handle is traditional wooden Japanese-style, and you even get a beautiful water buffalo horn ferrule (bolster). Note that the exact bolster colour will vary... there is normally some variation and marbling which only adds to the natural beauty of the material. This is a very lightweight knife -- the blade is thin, and the handle material (natural wood) is light, so the overall weight is just 52g. This means that it feels even smaller than it really is since it's so light and easy to handle. The blade and edge are expertly finished and VERY sharp. This is a great looking and high performance knife. Highly recommended!
Note: The edge is ground 50/50, so it's fine for left or right hand use.
I would recommend the fine ceramic hone listed below for everyday maintenance.