Santoku, along with Gyuto (Guyto-wu) knives are probably the Japanese knife best established in the Western marketplace. Santoku knives are prised for their handy, user friendly size and Gyuto/chef’s knife like versatility. Santoku knives, like all Japanese knives vary widely in design ranging from stamped steel blades with Western style handle scales to characterful handmade masterpieces. The primary use of the Santoku are very versatile, general most kitchen tasks. Anybody looking at Santoku should also consider other general purpose, multi-task knives such as Gyutos and chef’s knives, but also Bunkas and Funayukis.