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If I can only afford *one* fancy knife; what should it be? Santoku? Chef's?

Hi folks

Not a chef here, just a home cook who enjoys trying new things. I do alot of grilling and traditional BBQ in the summer time, and am looking for a very sharp knife, for every day tasks.

I have been looking at the Hattori HD-5 Santoku; but am curious -- will this be a sufficiently sized knife for every day tasks?

Slicing steaks? Carving a turkey? Dicing an onion? Slicing garlic?

I keep seeing differing opinions; Anthony Bourdain claims in his shows "If you are going to buy one good knife, it should be a GLOBAL Chef's Knife".. Chef's knife is longer and shaped differently than a Santoku. Should I go with this instead?

Thanks for the advice; looking forward to your responses

PS: Throw your 2 cents in even if someone else has responded.. I'm curious about the opinions of many :)

Cheers!

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  1. I LOVE my 30 yr. old Wustoph 10" chef's knife. It's the most important thing in my kitchen.

    1. With only one choice, I would go with an 8" or 10" chef's. WIthin limits, the brand is less important than keeping it sharp and finding one that fits your hand.

      1. I have both - but if you can only have one go for the chef's knife. It is the work horse of the kitchen. Just go to a store where you can try them & see what feels right for your body.

        1. I would definitely recommend a Global Chef knife. It is very lightweight and comfortable. It is great for doing all kinds of tasks. I would recommend going to a cutlery store around you and trying out the knives to see what you prefer.

          1. i have a global heavyweight 8 inch chef's knife. i'm really happy with it. i went through the same debate as well. i thought that being able to rock the knife properly was important, which was not possible as easily w/ the santoku. i'd def recommend like everyone else that you feel them in your hands. its an incredibly personal decision