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Light and sharp, but buy your other knives first

  • Jun 17, 2010
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This knife is very inexpensive compared to other ceramic knives. Heck, just a few years ago you couldn't buy one this large at all, so it was great to see this one come it at this price point.

The handle is plastic (which is fine), but looks and feels cheap (which is not). It is a pretty big mis-step, and when combined with the white blade and the light weight, the entire knife looks and feels like a plastic picnic knife. So, it is cool, but you aren't going to want to show it off.

The ceramic blade is hard, but extremely brittle (like glass). This means that any accidental contact with a countertop edge or even a bone will chip off little bits of it. Also, this kind of knife cannot be used for any kind of prying or twisting tasks as the blade will shatter.

It is very thick, especially for a Santoku, which is supposed to have a very thin profile. This is probably because if they made it thinner it would be even more likely to break or chip.

So, on one hand it is very cool to have a ceramic knife. It will stay sharp, won't rust, and won't transfer anything to your food.

On the other hand, it is going to chip no matter how careful you are with it. It also can't be used in any situation where you might have to twist it, or might hit a bone. This limits the usefulness enough for me to recommend sticking to standard knives first, and after you have the ones you need consider buying this one just to play with. You don't need it, but if you've always wanted a ceramic knife this is a (relatively) inexpensive way to try one.

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