This Henckels Twin Select Santoku with a granton blade shows the company’s idea of what a good knife should be, and does not exactly copy the familiar Japanese design. Some of the good ideas from both cultures are expressed in this high quality knife.
With a heavier forged blade than many versions of the popular Japanese slicer, the Henckels design does away with the heavy forged bolster that extends to the cutting edge of a European cook’s knife, and the shape of the blade is santoku style. It’s still easy to spot the Western opinions of what’s right, though — this knife aims as much for strength as for finesse.
The multiple hollow grinds on both sides of the blade break up contact with sliced food, reducing friction during the cut and allowing food to fall away without so much stacking on the blade. With no bolster on the back edge, the entire blade can be kept sharp, and the cutting action slides completely through the work. Those two features by themselves are a big improvement over the cook’s knife pattern, if you only consider slicing applications.
The all-metal, one-piece build extends through the brushed stainless steel handle. Although it does look as though it could be slick, the ergonomic shape makes it secure in the hand. Sharpening the blade is as simple as with any Henckels plain edged knife –regular maintenance requires no more than a few strokes of a sharpening steel.