Combining features of a chef's knife and a cleaver, the Santoku is an all-purpose knife that's ideal for cutting meat, fish and vegetables. The word santoku means "three good things" - a reference to the three cutting tasks it performs so well: slicing, dicing and mincing. The kullens along the edge help reduce friction, which prevents food from sticking. 3 ways to use knife: cut meat, slice fish, chop vegetables. Calphalon Katana Series cutlery features thirty-two layers of stainless steel over a Japanese VG-1 steel core. This time-honored layering process not only imparts exceptional sharpness, but also allows the blade to retain its edge longer for enduring, high-performance results. The integrated bolster design allows for proper full-blade technique and smooth slicing. The ergonomic handle is contoured for comfort and balanced for control and precision.