Sometimes when I select a knife for a “Best in Class” distinction, I encounter great difficulty during the selection process. That was not the case with this particular knife. Yes, I did have to spend hours researching Santoku knives, comparing their specifications and consumer reviews, but once that was all complete, it was fairly obvious to me that this knife was our “Best in Class” choice. Its incredible strength, durability, craftsmanship, appearance, and consumer reviews put it over the top. In fact, this Dalstrong received the best consumer ratings of any knife on this list.

If you have already visited the main Santoku knife page, you may have read a little bit about the Dalstrong Shogun Santoku knife. Unlike the brief description on the main page, this article will delve into each element of this knife which earned it the top spot in our “Top Three Choices” of Santoku knives.

A Slight Curve and a Sheep’s Foot

Some Santoku knives feature a perfectly straight blade that resembles a cleaver; some feature a considerably curved blade which resembles a chef’s knife. This santoku blade features a slight curve which resembles what my imagination pictures as some sort of combination between the two options.

The slight curve near the blade of this knife allows you to utilize some of the same techniques you would use with a chef’s knife. The rest of the blade is nearly flat, allowing you to perform the chopping motions you should expect from most Santoku knives.

Unlike the pointed tip of a chef’s knife, the sheep’s foot tip of this blade will allow you to place your hand on the blade’s spine as you work at fine chopping and mincing tasks.

High-Carbon Strength

A strong blade is very important to a Santoku knife. As you may have read in our Santoku Knife Buying Guide, the perfect Santoku blade is strong, sturdy, and in no way flexible. You want to know exactly where and how the blade will make its way through the food you are slicing to ensure that your slices are even. This is especially important if you are creating paper-thin slices, since a flexible blade may result in you only managing to shave a portion of a slice at a time.

In addition to being strong because its blade has been forged from high-carbon stainless steel, this knife is also strong in terms of its construction. The blade is full tang, which means it extends the length of the composite handle. It has been triple riveted inside of that handle to ensure that, no matter how much pressure you put on it with your bare hands, you will not be able break the blade away from the handle during the course of regular kitchen tasks.

Hollow Edges

If you are not familiar with hollow edges, they are blades which have dimples cut or hammered into them. These dimples create air pockets which, somehow, keep food form sticking to the blade. This means less time wiping bits of garlic and peppers from you blade and more time actually preparing your meal. Since the majority of the work you will be doing with your Santoku knife will revolve around juicy and sticky fruits, vegetables, and herbs, it is very good to know that the blade features a hollow edge.

Sharp Angle

As you may know from reading our buying guide, Santoku knives should feature extremely sharp blades. In fact, the sharper the better. Since creating paper-thin slices is one of the major purposes of a Santoku knife, you will want a sharp, thin blade to ensure that you need the least amount of space possible to create that cut. The more closely your blade resembles a razor blade, the better the cut will be.


This Dalstrong Santoku knife should meet the needs of any intermediate or advanced restaurant or home chef. I believe that its superior construction is worthy of praise and, therefore, awarded it the “Best in Class” distinction in our Santoku Knives category.

If you haven’t visited our main Santoku knives page, you may want to do so now that you have finished reading this article. The main page includes a list of other popular, top-selling Santoku knives which may meet your needs if this particular knife does not.