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*Not* a Fibrox Handle
on May 25, 2015
Here's the deal: Despite what the description says, this knife does *not* have a handle made of Victorinox' famous (and much-loved) Fibrox material. This handle is made of the same stuff as their "Swiss Classic" knives, which is not as grippy, and feels more like cheap plastic than actual Fibrox.
I know the above sounds sounds odd given the fact that this knife has the word "Fibrox" in its name and even (in some iterations) stamped on its handle and/or packaging, but trust me here; Victorinox is *not* making this knife with a *real* Fibrox handle. My wife and I determined this after ordering the knife from *two* different suppliers, and several customer support calls to Cutlery & More (a really good retailer that sells directly and here, through Amazon) AND VICTORINOX THEMSELVES.
Essentially (and this is a bit shady, in my opinion), Victorinox is apparently selling this exact knife under two different SKUs, but the only difference between the two is the packaging (and possibly) the stamping on the blade and handle... and NEITHER of the variants has a Fibrox handle.
Trust me - the truth is that this sucker is a Swiss Classic through and through, in every variation... and yes, I've used both Fibrox and Swiss Classic.
So, point being, if you're like me, and you really like Victorinox' Fibrox material and you want a Santoku, just know that *no* Santoku currently made by Victorinox / Forschner currently has a *real* Fibrox handle, and keep that in mind when making your purchase decision.
Oh... and since this is a review of a knife, and not just a knife handle, I will mention in closing that the blade is every bit as excellent as you'd expect from Victorinox / Forschner. I personally do use it for some chopping tasks - despite the handle - although my wife still prefers our trusty (and REALLY formidable) 8" Victorinox Chef's Knife with *real* Fibrox handle over the Santoku. In her estimation, the Santoku is really only on par with the Chef's Knife in terms of its chopping prowess; for slicing, the Victorinox 8" Chef's Knife is still simply unmatched for the price.