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  • Wüsthof Grand Prix II Santoku, 7 inches

  • Mercer Genesis Granton Edge Santoku

  • Hast Edition Santoku Knife

  • Global G-48 7" Hollow Ground Santoku

  • Shun Classic Hollow Ground Santoku 7"

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Wüsthof Grand Prix II Santoku, 7 inches

This seven-inch santoku knife from Wusthof is part of Reviewed’s top-ranked knife set. The heavy, stain-resistant blade is forged in Germany and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. It’s sharp, comfortable to hold, and easy to maneuver. Some cooks may find the handle pretty bulky, but it’s a quality knife you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Pros

  • Comfortable to use

  • Easy to maneuver

  • Sharp out of the box

Cons

  • Could be heavy for some cooks

  • Handle is relatively bulky

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Mercer Genesis Granton Edge Santoku

Mercer Culinary’s santoku knife was part of our recent “Best Value” pick among knife sets. It’s a budget-friendly option that performs just as well as more expensive knives. It has great balance; it stays sharp for a good length of time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include a blade guard, but it’s easy to see why these knives are so popular with culinary schools.

Pros

  • Performs as well as an expensive knife

  • Great balance

  • Stays sharp fairly well

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a blade guard

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Hast Edition Santoku Knife

This gorgeous santoku knife from Hast will make a fine addition to any kitchen. It’s lightweight, ergonomic, comfortable to use. And it’s made of a single solid material. Just note that the blade is a little bit narrow, and the black and gold variants are also coated in titanium, which can accumulate scratches. It’s usually available in matte silver, glossy, gold, and black.

Pros

  • Single-material construction

  • Attractive and ergonomic

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Black and gold versions may scratch easily

  • Relatively narrow blade width

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Global G-48 7" Hollow Ground Santoku

Global’s seven-inch santoku knife is a Reviewed favorite, offering a super lightweight feel and a stunning look. It’s a little on the expensive side, so it makes a great wedding-registry item or gift, but it’s both comfortable to use and extremely sharp right out of the box. It’s unfortunately not suited for a rocking motion, however, so it might not replace your traditional chef’s knife.

Pros

  • Comfortable to use

  • Lightweight

  • Extremely sharp out of the box

Cons

  • Not suited for a rocking motion

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Shun Classic Hollow Ground Santoku 7"

Shun’s classic seven-inch santoku knife has a thin, ultra-sharp blade; it looks fantastic; it’s got a really comfortable handle. It’s also a pricey option, given that it’s handmade in Japan, and may require the occasional sharpening with regular use. But we think you’ll be thrilled with your investment.

Pros

  • Thin, ultra-sharp blade

  • Comfortable handle

  • Attractive

Cons

  • Might require regular sharpening

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Alex Kane

Alex Kane

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Alex Kane is an editor at USA Today’s Reviewed.

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Madison Trapkin

Madison Trapkin

Kitchen & Cooking Editor

Madison Trapkin is the kitchen & cooking editor at Reviewed. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Culture Magazine, Madison is the founder of GRLSQUASH, a women's food, art, and culture journal. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Cherrybombe, Gather Journal, and more. She is passionate about pizza, aesthetic countertop appliances, and regularly watering her houseplants.

She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a Master's of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from Boston University.

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