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CIA Masters Collection 7-Inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
Manufacturer: Robinson Home Products, Inc.
List price: $100
Warranty: Lifetime
Dimensions: 12" x 1-3/4" x 5/8" (7" blade)
Weight: 6.6 oz
Composition: Stainless steel, fiberglass-reinforced poly-resin handle
Other versions: CIA Masters Collection 7-Inch Santoku Knife
Made In: Taiwan
Type: Knife: Forged, Santoku  
Color: Silver/black
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not green neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: A sharp knife is a wonderful thing. A wonderful, sharp knife is almost beyond description.

This is a wonderful, sharp knife.

A few may scoff that this is made of high-carbon, no-stain German steel – but in Taiwan. We don’t care. It is forged, with a full tang. The balance is wonderful. The handle feels great (sensuous, even) in your hand (we can't believe we just said that). We don't know what paper-thin means (even though it's used constantly to refer to things cut in the kitchen), but you can cut thin, beautifully consistent slices with this knife. The indentations on each side of the blade work well to cut surface tension, so your slices don't stick as assiduously to the knife.

Is a Santoku better than a chef's knife? Clearly it is a matter of personal preference. A Santoku is still very trendy on these shores. Many of the more conservative will stick with chef's knives. A few brave souls will wield both.

Philosophical and political issues aside, this knife is as good as or better than any totally German knife we have.


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