Is there any need for 5" Santoku knife?
I am slowly building my knife block. I currently have an 8 inch Chefs Knife, 4 inch paring, 5 inch utility knife (all Henckels Twin Cuisine), and I am thinking of adding more:
I know that I want to get a 5 inch utility serrated knife, and 8 inch bread knife, and a 10 inch slicer. The only real question I have was with the idea of getting a 5 inch Santoku and I just don’t know if I'll ever use it. Any have experience with this and can comment on their usefulness?
santokus are good vegetable knives. I would tend to go a little larger since when using a pinch grip you effectively shorten the lenght. Here is one that is a little larger. http://www.korin.com/product.php?pid=304&cat=54&subcat=62&subsubcat=&df=knife&catname=Western%20Style&subcatname=Tojiro&subsubcatname=&mnum=HFU-F503&PHPSESSID=eeb3aaec2ad9137dfb4dd2d7f91c6400 The only knife in your list I personally would question is the 5 " serrated utility. What do you plan on using it for? For the slicer I have a 10.5" Sujihiki slicer http://www.korin.com/product.php?pid=... that cuts through fish for sushi like butter. I've also used it to slice a large brisket as well. Very hard and sharp and Tojiros are one of the best bang for the buck Japanese knives out there.