A santoku is a Japanese-style kitchen knife perfect for handling any task that a chef's knife can. The santoku's blade is slightly shorter than comparable chef's knives, making it light and easy to handle. The downturned tip gives it an extra measure of safety. The blade edge is not as curved as most chef's knives, so the santoku is ideal for use with an easy push cut. Kai Housewares santokus also have just enough belly curve to make them great for rocking cuts, too.