This Victorinox Ceramic Santoku Knife, 7-Inch is lovely to look at. While packaging doesn't make the product, I had to admire its bone-white blade pressed into the red flocked package insert. Very striking! I read the package insert since this is my first ceramic knife. It's made of zirconium oxide nearly as hard as diamonds; don't twist and pry with it or hold it in an open flame, unsuitable for "hitting," don't drop it on hard surfaces, wash and dry it and store it in its plastic sleeve, keep out of the reach of children. O-kay! Nothing unexpected there.
It's a very light knife, almost disconcertingly light. You'd probably agree that "light" is a good thing in a kitchen knife, but since my usual blade is a Chinese cleaver, I expected a little more weight. It's a very thin blade with a shallow blade bevel and no scallops, with only a very slight curve from tip to heel. The Santoku blade comes into its own for slicing, dicing and chopping.
My new knife cuts effortlessly through cheese and vegetables (broccoli, sweet potatoes, onions, peppers). I haven't used it on meat yet. The blade is ultra-sharp so it doesn't need weight or pressure to do the job, just hold the comfortable handle and let it slide on through. Very nice! It washes up well, the white blade doesn't seem to stain, and I've got it in its protective sleeve tucked safely away for tomorrow's cooking chores.
The Victorinox Ceramic Santoku carries a hefty price tag and may possibly be in a class of its own. It's a very nice knife, and I recommend it if it's in your price range.
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 … more