Mercer Culinary Asian Collection Santoku Knife
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- Razor sharp, high-carbon, no-stain German steel resists rust, corrosion, and discoloration
- Single-edge blade is taper ground with a fine stone finish
- Offered with a traditional wood handle or an NSF certified slip-resistant Santoprene handle
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
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From the manufacturer
Razor-sharp traditional Japanese knives are perfect for making thin, precise slices everytime.
The right knife for making sushi.
Real wooden handles and razor sharp blades makes the Mercer Asian Collection the right choice for preparing Japanese or other Asian foods. Precision-made from German stainless steel to hold their edge without rusting, Mercer Asian Collection knives effortlessly cut through sushi rolls without crushing.
Make perfectly sliced fish everytime.
A traditional Mercer Asian Collection knife is a requirement for chefs that are serious about making authentic Japanese or other Asian foods. The blades are taper-ground to a fine stone finish, so they cut effortlessly through vegetables, meat, and fish of all kinds without snagging or dragging.
NSF is a global provider of public health and safety-based risk management solutions. It's a highly respected independent organization that has rigorously tested and certified that Mercer Asian Collection knives have met their standard for safety, quality, and performance. Limited lifetime warranty.
Care and handling of Mercer cutlery.
The performance of a knife can be diminished if it is not cared for properly.
Cutlery should never be washed in a dishwasher because intense heat and harsh detergents may cause the handle to deteriorate. Carefully wash by hand with soap and warm water, rinse and dry with a soft towel. Do not soak or submerge in water for long periods of time or use chlorine bleach because it can pit and discolor the blade. Avoid soaking in aluminum or stainless steel sinks because these metals may cause pitting on the blade.
Store in a cutlery block or sheath to preserve the cutting edges and prevent injuries.
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Mercer is synonymous with high quality professional cutlery. A leader in the food industry for more than thirty years and the predominant supplier to more than 90% of culinary academies in North America, Mercer manufactures a wide variety of precision culinary tools that are crafted to exceed the demands of professional chefs. Exceptional quality materials, unique design, and dedicated craftsmanship makes Mercer the first choice for kitchen professionals and food enthusiasts.
This collection calls on the rich tradition of Japanese craftsmanship to provide unsurpassed performance.
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i was very happy with the knife. over time i got more interested in knives, german vs japanese steel, and i decided to "upgrade" to the ZHEN VG-10 Damascus Cleaver. the steel was noticeably sharper when you touch it, and the damascus pattern was beautiful. however, when it came time to actually cut, the mercer was actually better. the secret here is that the mercer has a convex grind, while the zhen was a more conventional V-grind. this meant that vegetables did not stick to the blade nearly as much. with the mercer, i can half a cucumber, and slice into thin slices by draw cutting through the cucumber. i could not with the zhen -- the cucumber would stick to the other side of the blade.
next up, i tried the Wusthof Chinese Cleaver. i disliked it immediately -- it was very heavy. in fairness, heavy is in the title, but i didn't expect it to make that big of a difference. the fit and finish also wasn't as good; the spine was not smooth, and neither was heel...which meant holding the knife properly by choking up to the heel was uncomfortable. the mercer's spine and heel of the blade are smoothed. and speaking of weight, this is when i realized that the mercer is 8.8 ounces, which is super light. it's also only 2mm thick at the spine.
still wanting to find "the best" knife, i tried the other german brand, Zwilling. this one was slightly heavier than the mercer, slightly thicker, but the balance was off. i prefer the 7 inch size of the zwilling more, but the size of the handle relative to the blade was awkward and made for weird balance. if you're holding a chinese chef's knife properly, you're pinching the blade, so in the zwilling half of the handle is sticking out the back of my hand. and this was when i realized that i really, really like the non-slip rubber handle of the mercer.
next up, was the Messermeister Asian Precision Chinese Knife, 8-Inch. i don't know why i didn't try this one first before the others, since this is the knife that celebrity chef Martin Yan uses. it was the only knife that was competitive vs the mercer. it is a little bit heavier, which makes certain cutting tasks easier as the weight of the knife helps, but not so overwhelming like the wusthof. it's thicker at the spine, but it actually gets even thinner than the mercer (which you can see in the picture, is already very thin). it's full-tang, 3 rivet, with a nice "ping" when you tap on the blade vs a "thud" of the mercer, so it definitely feels like quality in your hand if you're into that kind of thing. i still liked the rubber handle of the mercer more, so i eventually ended up wrapping the messermeister handle with rubber splicing tape.
5 chinese chef's knives later, the mercer and messermeister are my favorites. for the mercer, the only downsides i can think of are not really downsides at all, but personal preference. the tip is a bit more rounded than the others, not a 90 degree angle. this makes rocking and draw-cuts easier because it doesn't dig into the cutting board as much, at the expense sacrificing ease of delicate tip work. it's also 8 inches instead of 7, but i've gotten used to it.
if you're looking for a thin and light vegetable cleaver, this is incredible value at this price point.
Coming from using a clever for everything, from a block set that cost around $45, this thing is a lot lighter but so much sharper.
- double bevel
- 58 HRC
- generic cheap Japanese handle +1 for authenticity will fill in gap betwean handle and tang eventually
- acceptable box to store knife in, if that's your cup of tea
- might not be the most comfertable for hours of use at a time but thats what more expensive knives are for
- balance is inbetween the logo on the blade and the black plastic ferrule
- the bevel looked a little asymmetrical like 30/70 but can be fixed with a sharpening stone and is not a big deal
will update after the knife gets put through some good work
This knife is still greate, stays sharp 4x longer than knives from a cheap $40 block set.
can easily take apart a whole chicken.
sharpening takes a bit more time because of the stronger steel it is made from but that is a good thing.
Others in my employ have spent upwards of $200-$300 for other knives and I will state for the record that none of their blades stand up to this Mercer. That's not to say that some more expensive knives may have harder, heavier or fancier appearance or feel. This knife has out performed any other sushi knife I've ever held and is the envy of the kitchen (even after I tell them how little I spent on it). I COULD tell anybody that I spent hundreds of dollars on it, but I prefer to explain that you don't need to show off with a fat wallet, just make wise purchases and save your money.
Amazon sells hundreds of knives that are more expensive, so if you have more money than common sense, buy one of those. If you have pride in your work and don't want to cry if you drop a knife or have it stolen, this is the perfect purchase. I am going to buy an extra for myself and maybe a few extra for gifts.