Tojiro Santoku DP Damascus 170mm (6.7") definitely ranks the highest among high-quality Japanese kitchen blades in a lower price range.
Santoku is the most widespread shape of Japanese kitchen knives as it makes working with it very simple. San means “three” in Japanese and santoku literally translates to “three virtues” or “three uses”. It’s perfect for preparing vegetable, fish, and meat dishes while employing various cutting techniques. The blade tends to be wider and will excel at chopping vegetables on a cutting board.
A little on the heavy side, Tojiro made sure that it is perfectly balanced and ergonomically shaped. The black Micarta handle offers a safe, firm grip and prevents your hand from slipping towards the blade, while the stainless-steel bolster provides a smooth transition between the handle and the blade.
Sharp as FUCK. These are the real thing. Not your mom's tomato "crushing" knife!