To the uninitiated, the word santoku might on first hearing sound like the name of some Mediterranean island paradise where no cocktail glass goes ungarnished with a pink paper umbrella or pineapple wedge. Its actual meaning has less to do with idyllic shorelines than with fine Japanese craftsmanship. The Flavorful World kitchen would be lost without one.
A santoku is a multipurpose kitchen knife originating in Japan. It is lighter and shorter with a thinner blade than traditional Western kitchen knives.