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Wusthof Santoku Knife – 5 inch Review

This knife features a 5-inch Japanese hollow-edged blade made of hand-forged high-carbon steel with a stain-resistant alloy, attached to a weighted bolster and a comfortable traditional-style handle.

Due to the blade’s size and shape, the Wusthof Santoku Knife is perfect for three of the most common kitchen knife tasks: slicing, dicing, and mincing. The handle fits comfortably in your hand, and a thinner blade prevents the knife from becoming overly heavy or unwieldy. Don’t let the lighter weight of this knife fool you, though: the sharp blade makes quick work of everything from onions to potatoes, and even easily cuts through tomatoes – a task that usually requires a serrated knife.

While the 5-inch blade is perfect for breaking down most vegetables, the smaller blade does prevent this knife from being useful for bigger jobs, such as halving melons or squash. Regardless, the 5-inch Wusthof Santoku Knife is likely to become the first knife you reach for in the kitchen, as it takes chopping vegetables from being a tedious task to an absolute breeze.

Try this multipurpose knife in a recipe with lots of fun chopping, like Jen’s Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup Recipe.


  • Lightweight, easy to handle
  • Comfortable, easy-to-grip handle
  • Sharp, perfectly-sized blade
  • Can handle big jobs (dicing potatoes) as well as small (mincing garlic)


  • Not quite large enough for the biggest jobs (ex: cutting melons or winter squash)