Created with the oriental influence of Japanese Santoku knives,but with German precision and attention to detail,the Wusthof Classic Ikon Santoku knife with 17cm blade successfully mixes elements of east and west into one of the most impressive knives of its kind. The Santoku derives its name from the Japanese word 'san' meaning 'three'; this name was given to this particular type of blade because it is suited to three tasks - chopping,slicing and mincing. The Wusthof Classic Ikon Santoku knife has an extra sharp edge that makes it ideal for finely slicing meat,fish and vegetables. ,With its hollow edged blade,this knife allows for an extremely fine cut as the air pockets prevent food from becoming stuck on the blade. With this design feature added by Wüsthof the German influence shines through. However it is important to acknowledge what the Germans refer to as gestalt; meaning 'to look at the whole over the sum of its parts',this knife has a collection of impressive features that collectively creates a truly beautiful knife. ,Its blade it forged from one piece of solid steel giving the Wusthof Classic Santoku a sturdy and carefully weighted feel. The handle is moulded to match the contours of your knife making it extremely easy to handle and with its blade slightly shorter than that of a chef's knife,the Santoku is a more suitable for multi purpose use especially in a smaller kitchen. ,With a 58 Rockwell blade,the Wusthof Classic Ikon Santoku knife with 17cm blade will retain its sharpness for longer than many of its peers,thereby making it safer to use and more efficient.