Using those knives, I knew that I was headed towards early onset arthritis, or a finger amputation. Slicing tomatoes was usually a disaster and slicing anything harder than a tomato felt like I was trying to slice rock. And you don't even want to know about the time I tried to quarter a chicken. While wrangling with that thing all over the kitchen, I know I succeeded in flinging a light shower of salmonella over all corners of the apartment. (Don't you want to come eat at our place???)
So when we went to finish off the Macy's credit left over from our wedding, I was determined to get a knife that could slice a person in half with one stroke. I don't actually intend to slice anyone in half but you never know what manner of perils you will encounter while fixing dinner.
So, among our purchases was a Hinkle santoku knife. I don't know much about knives. I don't even really know what the defining properties of a santoku knife are. But I know that this knife was the Best. Kitchen. Purchase. Ever. It has literally improved my quality of life , like, 10% at least. Now you might think that's overstating the case. You are wrong.
Here she is. My eyes look watery because I was chopping onion. The knife, unfortunately does not remedy that problem.I chop, cut, mince, slice and dice many, many things and now instead of dreading it, I enjoy it. Or at the very least my hand is not curled into a stiffened claw when I'm done. A few weeks ago I cubed 2 pounds of potatoes in under 5 minutes. Slicing vegetables feels like I'm slicing through clouds beaming with rainbows while butterflies flutter around me and angels sing the hallelujah chorus in my ear. This knife has got me all in a swoon.
I'm not necessarily saying that you need this particular knife. But if you cook a lot, a top quality knife is really worth it. Get one. Now. Save your fingers and your sanity. I would probably give away 75% of my other kitchen gadgets and keep this knife if I had to choose. Happy chopping to you all!
Here's an up close shot. Also, you should be warned that I carry it on me at all times for safe keeping. (Totally kidding!)