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Feb 14, 2008 04:04 PM

Any need to buy a 5" Santoku?

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?

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  1. I don't have one, but it seems unnecessary--you have plenty of good knives already, and if you're happy with them, shouldn't need another.

    1. I have an inexpensive one, and rather like it. In fact I have two, another in the camping gear. I use it interchangeably with a 7" Santoku, and often instead of a paring knife. It is small enough to use for paring, but wide enough to chop small onions.

      I wouldn't describe it as necessary, but it is handy.


      1. This'll probably get deleted, 'cause it doesn't answer your question, but I want to add that I use my Wusthof 5" utility knife way more than anything else in my knife block.

        1. necessary? probably not. Handy? certainly. If i were you I'd get one if you saw one for a good price. you can probably pick one up on ebay for not a lot of money. I got a low end henckels (made in spain) and i use it in the morning mostly to slice up fruit for breakfast and it works great. I think you're on the right track. Your chefs should be all purpose and a paring knife will come in handy. a slicer will be good too. Utility knife I don't know, I'd get the shorter santoku first, it's probably more versatile. I hardly use my utility knife anymore.think forschner for a slicer, they're inexpensive and really nice.

          1. My wife and my mom both like the 5 inch santoku knives they each have. They both like the weight and size for most jobs. Both of theirs are Calphalon models.