About the Shape - Santoku means 'Three Virtues' or 'To solve Three Problems'. The three virtues are meat, fish and vegetables, or slicing, dicing and mincing depending on your interpretation. This means that the Santoku is an all-around knife, suitable for the amateur home cook and the professional chef alike. The height means good clearance for big hands, while the relatively short blade can be wielded by anyone.
About Tantakatan - These knives look great, have a familiar feel because of the western style handle and the performance of the steel will blow you away. The hammered surface will break up surface tension, allowing the knife to glide easily through the food as you slice and dice.
Aogami Super is the king of knife steel - super easy to sharpen, gets a laser beam edge, cuts like silk and is very rugged for its hardness. An outer layer of stainless steel helps to prevent rust from occurring on the blade. The handle is made from Pakka wood, a durable material made of wood that has been heat-treated with resin. It looks like wood but is way more durable.