Global Santoku is the best Japanese kitchen knife

Global Santoku

Global Santoku is the best Japanese kitchen knife, I think.  I tell you Global Santoku Japanese kitchen knives are the best Japanese kitchen knife for daily use in the ordinary kitchen both cooking Japanese or non-Japanese.  If you buy one knife that fits all for cooking, what would you need to buy? I really recommend Global Santoku kitchen knife. I tell you why you should buy Global Santoku and especially for Japanese cooking.

I volunteer a lot at my friends’ kitchen. They know I can cook and they enjoy my food so I cook for them. But I have problem (most of the time, if my friends are not Japanese) because they don’t have good knives to cut food. They usually have a Chef’s knife, also known as a French knife. Those non Japanese kitchen knives are not suitable to use for Japanese cooking. Well, some Japanese person would say it is perfectly fine but I don’t like to use it for my Japanese cooking.  Simply, those are difficult to use.

What is Santoku knife?
If you want a great knife for ordinary use, I recommend Global Santoku kitchen knife. This is not only for Japanese cooking but also any kind of your cooking!  You may have heard of this name. Santoku translates from Japanese to – “developed knife”. San means three the number and Toku means benevolence. That means you can have three times benevolence. Because this knife is good benevolent for meat, fish and vegetables (three). Also these are very popular knives in a Japanese household.
And I found it is not heavier than a Chef’s knife and it is usually shorter. So especially for women, I think it is easy to handle this Japanese-knife than Chef’s knife. You can even peel the vegetables or fruits skins with it. Chef’s knife is too difficult to do so.

The best Knife for Japanese cooking
Vegetables are big ingredients for Japanese cooking because Japanese people eat so many vegetables. Also, they cut them very small or thin. Cutting small is important for Japanese cooking.
Japanese use chopsticks, not knives and forks. You can not really cut anything using chopsticks. I think Japanese cooking is prepared to eat in a one bite size so you don’t need to cut on the plate (actually you can not cut it). So if you were a chef, you have to prepare to cut a certain way for people who can eat the food easily.

Japanese or German brand
I usually recommend my friends Japanese or German brand knives. Those two countries are very famous for knives. Both have very good knives traditionally. Also Gloval Santoku knife is coming from Japan but German company makes this Santoku type.
You can choose whatever you like, but I will put my two recommendation here.

My favorite Japanese kitchen knife
I tell you my favorite Japanese knife name. Global knife is Japanese brand and I have this one for my own Global Global G48 7-Inch Hollow-Ground Santoku. You may also like Global 5-1/4Inch Hollow Ground Santokuor Global G-46 7-Inch Santoku Knife.
I like Global brand because it is light weight and is made from one piece of metal. No wooden handles to worry about. It is very easy to clean and stylish also.  Most of all, very sharp and very good quality.

The second best Japanese kitchen knife

If you would buy a second knife, I recommend Global Petty knife. Petty knives are the Japanese version of a paring knife. Actually, this is my favorite. I use this knife for almost everything! They typically are thin without a bolster on the blade and are very light. This is very good for pastry cooking or fruits. It is great as a peeling, paring, boning and carving knife for vegetables, fruits, herbs and other delicate work. It will also take on some of the slicing and dicing jobs of a large chef knife. Also, it is small and light – very handy! Actually, I like this size knife so very much and I am usually use this knife most of the time. Time to time, I need to have bigger knife so I use santoku. If you have Chef knive you already satisfy, but looking for next one, I strongly recommend this one!
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Global G48338 3-Piece Hollow Ground Santoku Knife Set

However, I prefer having Global Santoku and Petty knives when you start cooking Japanese. If you try it, you maybe surprised that you are enjoying cutting many things on the board!
You may think, all knives are the same. I just need to cut food. Well, the way you can makes your end result which food taste different (believe me!). Also looks better (presentation) like art. Plus, it is easy and make enjoyable when you cook food!

When I bought this Global Petty knife and cut Chinese scallion first time, I was very surprised the way I cut them. I am telling you, probably it was my first time I cut them like a professional very skilled person. I cut them for Yakumi (small cut vegetables for flavor) for Soba (Japanese buck wheat noodle) and it was a very fine cut. I used the same technique, so it was obviously that my new tool, which is Global knife, is the difference. So I really recommend this product for your happy Japanese cooking.

By the way, Amazon doesn’t sell Perry knife alone, so if you are interested to buy Global knife, this is the set Global G48338 3-Piece Hollow Ground Santoku Knife Set. They have Santoku and Petty knife in the set.
I really recommend this. I think you will appreciate and be glad that you have these Japanese knives for your kitchen!

The first tools hat human being have invented were the knives, which were made of stone. Thus, cutlery is the most important tool for humans to live. After the Stone Age, in a long period of history, no matter which region in Europe, people have offered knives with wishes for prosperity at wedding and festival. Of course, cutlery is still important in our daily lives. With wishes to make a happy family life, please use the Global knife.

The design which integrates the handle and the blade into one is beautiful, not only in the kitchen, but also on the dining table. It has been receiving a high appraisal from Sweden, Germany, Italy, Holland, France, England, United States, and other countries all over the world.

Hygienic Concern
The idea of easy grip makes the handle fit firmly inside the hand. By all-in-one structure of blade and handle keeps the knife sanitary and rejects bacteria.

The all in one structure of the blade and handle is easy to wash and keep sanitary. As a matter of fact, it solved the problem of the handle slipping off from the blade, caused by rust.

The secret of the long lasting sharpness of the thin blade, it the super hand molybdenum vanadium stainless steel which contains 18% of chrome. This stainless steel is the same grade used for the medical implements, which were developed in the medical science field. Therefore, it is tougher and more durable than previous knives.

DO NOT cut the bone of fish and meat directly. The blade may chip. Please cut at the joint.
To avoid from damaging the blade, DO NOT use this knife to cut frozen food.

DO NOT use dishwasher or dish dryer. The ingredient of detergent used for the dishwasher and the use of dish dryer is uncongenial to the stainless steel. They may cause rust on the knife.
Please wash with dishwashing liquid and after washing, wipe the water completely off from the knife. The knife will not rust if properly cleaned and dried before putting away.


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  1. This is a very interesting page. There is so much good information here! Thank you.

  2. Michelle, if you think renew your knife, Global is what i recommend! It is amazing knife and so many people reviewed this products. I just love this brand! Thank you for reading.

  3. Thank you for the detailed information. I am the beginner of learning make sushi and realize the sharp knife is needed.
    Got question about does the hollow knife does trap sushi rice when you cut?
    Greatly appreciate with your thoughts.


  4. Hi, Candice thank you for your comment. I really like global and my friends who bought this brand usually said they are happy about the knife. When you cut sushi, you should wet knife every time so you can cut better. Also, each time you should clean knife so you can have a clean cut. I think hollow shouldn’t be a problem if you follow what I write here.

  5. Thank you, Yuri. I like cooking for friends and like to try different cooking styles and food preparations. I don’t have the right sharp knife to cut sushi yet. Today, at, I ordered Shun Knife set. Check it out.
    The set includes 7-inch Santoku Hllow ground. I will keep you update after I try. Your articles are very detailed and I like it very much. Thank you for the time and efforts putting those articles.

    Yesterday, my rice cooker, Zojirushi, had made one of the best white rice with umami setting. The rice is so delicious. I have the following questions:
    . Have you have any experiences to use either pressure cooker or rice cooker for multi-grain rice?
    . Have you made sushi with brown rice?

    Please sharing with your experiences. We can make the world better living. Thank you in advance.

  6. Hello, everything is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is sharing data,
    that’s genuinely good, keep up writing.

  7. Candice, Shun in a one of good knives. You did good job! (i personally think it is heavy so i like global.) 🙂 How is cutting sushi with hollow ground knife?
    by the way, Zojirushi is good rice cooker. I was going to write rice cooker but I haven’t done, yet. About your questions: I haven’t made sushi with brown rice, but why not? I see grocery store have brown rice sushi. I bought brown rice from grocery store from Atlanta recently and it is very good one. I should write about this rice. The second question: i have experienced both pressure cooker and rice cooker for multi-grain rice. I like pressure cooker because it cook quickly than rice cooker (if you have a setting for multi-grain or others) and taste great! if you want to know how to cook rice with pressure cooker, you can read at my rice page. However, i will write how to for brown rice for the short future.

  8. Raleigh, your page is good indian cooking page! thanks.

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