Santoku means "the 3 virtues" (slicing, dicing, mincing) and stands for this knife's high versatility. It is the perfect multi-purpose knife for vegetables, meat and fish. This great universal tool isn't as intimidating as a large chef knife and therefore perfectly suited to initiate you to the great world of Japanese knives. The hammered blade acts as a non-stick surface. It has a very resilient VG-1 core, and it is surrounded by soft iron. The Western style handle provides a good grip and is made of rosewood.