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Calphalon Katana Stainless-Steel 7-Inch Santoku Knife

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  • 7-inch Santoku knife combines a knife and cleaver; ideal for slicing, dicing, and mincing
  • Crafted from 33 layers of VG Japanese stainless steel; Damascus-style blade
  • Integrated bolster design and ergonomic poly-resin handle for comfort and control
  • All-purpose design cuts meat, fish, and vegetables
  • Hand washing and prompt drying recommended; lifetime warranty
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Product Description

Named for the sacred sword carried by Japan's Samurai warriors, Calphalon Katana Series cutlery has its roots in a centuries-old tradition of superior cutlery craftsmanship. Like the awe-inspiring swords wielded by the Samurai, Calphalon Katana Series cutlery is crafted using a time-honored layering process that creates a Damascus style blade, clad with 33 stainless steel layers. This unique series of cutlery uses VG Japanese steel, which provides exceptional sharpness and ultimate edge retention. These knives also feature a patented integrated bolster design and an ergonomically designed poly-resign handle. Combining features of a chef's knife and a cleaver, the Santoku is an all-purpose knife that's ideal for cutting meat, fish and vegetables. The word santoku means three good things ¿ a reference to the three cutting tasks it performs so well: slicing, dicing and mincing. The kullens along the edge help reduce friction, which prevents food from sticking.

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Calphalon's Katana Santoku knife promises superior workmanship and practical versatility with just its name--"katana" refers to the sword carried by Japan's Samurai warriors, and "santoku" translates to "three good things." An ideal slicer, dicer, and mincer, this carefully crafted knife lives up to its noble moniker. The 7-inch Damascus-style blade is fashioned from 33 layers of VG Japanese stainless steel and shares qualities of both a cleaver and a knife. Whether it's cutting meat, fish, or vegetables, the surface remains exceptionally strong, resists rust and corrosion, and maintains its sharp cutting edge. Oval notches along the blade reduce friction so the knife moves through food freely. Adding security and style, the knife features an integrated bolster design, and the durable poly-resin handle sits in the hand comfortably. The tool measures approximately 11 inches long and comes with a lifetime warranty. For best results, Calphalon recommends washing it by hand and drying promptly. --Kara Karll

Product Information

Product Dimensions 18 x 3.1 x 1.4 inches
Item Weight 12 ounces
Shipping Weight 12 ounces
Manufacturer Calphalon
ASIN B000AAT6Y6
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number KN0007V
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3.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #554,468 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#686 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories > Asian Knives > Santoku Knives
Date first available at Amazon.com May 5, 2003

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By J. Taylor on October 30, 2006
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I've been in the food service industry for many years, and have used countless brands of knives. For home use, I've used many of the top brands including Henckels, Wusthoff and Kershaw. The Calphalon Katana Santoku is simply the finest kitchen knife I've ever owned.

The razor sharp blade retains its edge amazingly well, with minimal sharpening steel work. The knife is well balanced and light and a joy to handle.

Hand washing and drying are a must with a tool as fine as this.
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As a dentist, my hands are very sensitive. I'm also familiar with the sharpness of a fresh scalpel blade. (Ok, I know some of you out there aren't liking this opening.) So, I'm very fussy about my kitchen knives.

I have owned Wusthoff knives for over 25 years. Move over Wusthoff - Calphalon is here!

Simply put, this Santoku knife is my favorite, by far! The feel, balance, and sharpness are fantastic. I have owned it for a year now, and it cuts like it did on day one. It stays sharp with just an occasional touch-up with a sharpening steel. While my German knives are good, I wish I had an excuse to buy more of the Calphalon knives. After use, clean it and dry it right away. It's less "stainless" than my Wusthoff knives, but the advantage is that the metal is softer, therefore easier to sharpen and enjoy using.

If you're serious about your cutlery, I can't imagine not loving this.
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I have two of these knives. They are the best knives I have, and I have a lot of knives. The problem is the handle. I have had to send them back three times for cracking of the top handle. They have never seen the inside of a dishwasher, so heat is not the problem. I would still buy them again. They are that good.

Update: I have had to send the knife back for the sixth time for the cracking of the top handle in exactly the same place every time. I think this is a materials problem. I have other knives that are 30 years old and still have good handles. What's wrong, Calphalon?
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I personally find the handle very comfortable on this knife. As with ANY knife, go to a good store and ask to demo it before buying -- some people love the grip, some people hate it.

I find the weight and balance on this knife just right for my grip, and it holds its edge very well. I'd buy it again in an instant.
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My husband received this knife as a birthday gift 6 months ago and I've used it daily since ever since. The handle has nice smooth contours that don't hurt my hand. It's well balanced and stays sharp. Now we're getting a divorce and he kept the knife. I miss using it so much that I'm going to go to the Calphalon store tonight to get myself one! It's the perfect knife: beautiful and functional.
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If I could only have one knife for the rest of my life, this would be the one. First, it is violently sharp and it hold that edge for quite some time. Also, it is the most comfortable knife I've ever held. The reason is that the bolster is smooth instead of having a hard edge like what's seem in most German cutlery. It is the perfect size for a variety of kitchen tasks, and if pressed, could be the last knife you ever own. Very highly recommended.
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I own Wustoff and Henckel knives, and this is, by far, the best knife I own - I use it for everything now. To be honest, I'm a bit put off I didn't save my pennies and buy the entire set instead of pieces/parting a knife set together.

The knife is extremely well-balanced, and the handle encourages proper cutting technique. The edge is exceptionally sharp and retains it's edge very well. This is a definite must for anyone who really enjoys cooking.
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