OXO Good Grips Professional 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife
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- Perfect for peeling and paring fruits and vegetables
- Sharp, no-stain blades are hardened to make them strong and durable
- Blades are tapered to glide easily through foods
- Full-tang blades keep knives properly balanced
- Soft, comfortable handles ensure a safe grip
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OXO Good Grips Professional Cutlery features the perfect balance of professional quality cutting with soft, comfortable grip. Sharp, stainless steel blades are hardened for strength and the blades are full-tang for durability and proper balance. Soft, non-slip handles cushion your hands and provide a safe secure grip.
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We began looking for a smaller Chef's knife for her. First we tried a very inexpensive 5-1/4" stamped and bolsterless Santoku. The size was close, but the handle was awkward, and the edge on the blade was a gimmicky forever sharp type factory stamp that couldn't easily be re-sharpened.
Next we tried a Hampton Forge 6" Tomodachi all purpose knife. It was bright orange with a non-stick coating on the blade, and came with a plastic sheath making it easy to store in a drawer. It was an inexpensive stamped blade with no bolster. The size and fit of that knife was excellent. However, the steel of the blade was too soft. I could get a decent edge on it, but nowhere near as sharp as my other kitchen knives. And since the steel was softer, it wouldn't hold the edge I gave it for very long.
Finally we tried this knife, and I'm blown away. This knife is a full tang forged blade with an ample bolster and excellent weight and balance. It is the perfect size for her hands, and the comfort grip is outstanding. More impressive than that is the blade. It is made of hardened stainless steel that takes and holds an edge well. It arrived promptly, and was incredibly sharp right out of the package. Being me, I couldn't help but hone the edge a bit on my steel, and wow, it took a razor sharp edge that you can actually shave with. My wife tried it out by chopping some veggies, and loved it. The size, the fit, and the sharp edge were an instant hit. She even commented that she thought her new knife was sharper than some of mine.
The only thing I would note is that, as others have mentioned, it is a thin blade. The width of the spine at the bolster is comparable to more expensive knives, but it tapers and gets fairly thin at the tip (but not crtically so). However, I don't see this as a problem. In fact, I find it to be an asset. The thinner, hardened steel easily takes and holds a razor sharp edge fully from tip to heel. And the thin blade means less force required to push a thinner wedge of steel through the food you are preparing. This increases the perception of the knife's sharpness as it takes very little effort to cut through even the thickest of root vegetables. We are very pleased with this knife and very happy that our search for a perfect Chef's knife for my wife is finally over. We highly recommend this one!
At 4 inches, this Oxo model is just about the smallest Santoku you will find on Amazon. But size certainly hasn't come at the disadvantage of strength and quality. This knife blade is a thick as they come full tang design that holds a fine shaving worthy edge easily and quickly with just a hand held sharpener. And at a full 7/8 of an inch diameter, its handle is as big, round and solid as any I have ever felt. It gives the user of this knife absolute command over any job of slicing or chopping that you may require of it. The quality of this knife is so fine that you may find yourself using it for every job in the kitchen that you would need a knife for. I particularly like its 4 inch blade that is much more versatile than a 6 inch, or even the 5 inch model. If you do a lot of cooking with fresh ingredients that need slicing and dicing, than you already know the advantages of a knife that is just right in its design, length, and balance. This knife is superior in all three of those categories. The only thing I may mention as to recommending this knife is that if you are someone with very small hands, you may find the handle a little hard to grip, or comfy. It really is a very solid handle that most people with average to large hands will find a pleasure to use.
In conclusion, although their are many Santoku style knives being offered on Amazon in sets, this is the best one that I own that came alone. I have three other Santokus of different sizes, and this one is not only my favorite but most versatile as well. I highly recommend it for your very own gourmet kitchen...
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