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 heigh means good clearance for big hands, while the relatively short blade can be wielded by anyone.
About Tojiro Narihira - Tojiro Narihira is the ultimate budget-friendly Japanese knife, perfect for your first apartment with roommates or folks living on a tight budget who still want to enjoy cooking. The Molybdenum Vanadium steel is stainless, affordable, and far more durable than most other Japanese knives. There's no fancy blacksmithing or laminated steel here, just quality materials at a super-affordable price!
Tojiro is a knife-making giant in Japan., and their true specialty is factory-made knives. While the blades are rolled and stamped, much of the work is done by hand including the grinding and finishing steps.