Calphalon Katana 7" Santoku Knife
Beautiful and sharp, but not true damascus steel
This knife's unique handle is something you will either love or hate. Because of the taper from the heel to the handle, I love being able to pinch-cut using part of the blade and part of the handle--this lets you use your wrist to apply more pressure along the length of the handle for cutting that requires more pressure.
It is a beautiful knife that appears to have the patterned effect of a damascus blade, but the pattern scratches off, which would lead me to believe it is etched, not true damascus. Take that for what it's worth.
I haven't had the knife long enough to see the kind of pitting or rusting that other users describe, but I have read enough reviews to know that this happens easily to this entire series of katana knives if not immediately washed and dried.
Overall, a beautiful knife, but perhaps shun would be a better company if you are willing to forgo the damascus-look and spend a little more.
December 18, 2012
Pricey but worth every penny. Check out their outlet mall in person to see if they are still carrying the 8 piece Katana knife block set for $249
December 25, 2010