This is a knife I still use at home. It's superb! An ideal first knife; for all-around use.
Everyone is crazy for this Japanese cook's knife shape. This is the Japanese version of the traditional classic European (German, French) chef's knife shape. Here's why it wins converts almost immediately: great shape, with straighter edge and wider overall blade making chopping and scooping more efficient (sort of a cross between a chef's knife and Chinese cleaver); and a nice size, with a shorter length making it easy to handle and use at home and in cramped kitchens. In short, it's versatile, easy to handle, sharp, and the "granton" edge scalloped hollows on the blade help prevent items like potatoes from sticking to the blade, allowing paper-thin slicing. And this Wusthof model is one of the most popular, with all the features of a great santoku, with the legendary Wüsthof quality! Comes in an attractive gift box. This is truly a great santoku -- I guarantee you'll love this knife!
D. Smith of Barrie, ON says: "I have to comment on how nice this knife is. I have some other knives that I thought were good but this one is truly a pleasure to use and handle."
See below (under Related Products) for a matching 8" blade guard if you need one.