The Santoku knife is a Japanese chef's all-purpose knife, the equivalent of a European chef's knife. "San" means three and "toku" means good things. It cuts everything: onions, vegetables, cabbage, fruit, herbs and meat. And because of the blade's shape (which facilitates "rocking"), it's also ideal for mincing and dicing. About Wusthof and Culinar???Introduced in 1999, the Culinar series features an elegant satin finish throughout. The blade, bolster and tang seamlessly blend into the 18/10 stainless steel handle. Precision forged in Solingen, Germany since 1814, Wusthof knives are designed for maximum strength, safety, balance and heft. Precision forging and single piece construction mean no stamping, welding or shortcuts - only solid quality you can feel.