Sterling Home Elite collection offers quality at an affordable price. The santoku is a Japanese cook's (or chef's) knife, featuring a low-tip style with a broad blade. The cutting edge is minimally curved, so it provides less rocking action than a European-style cook's knife. A cross between a cook's knife and a vegetable chopper, each knife features an exceptionally sharp cutting edge that slices through vegetables and meats with more ease than the thicker cook's knife. Alternating hollows on each side of the blade create air pockets and minimizes the food's ability to stick to the edge, which makes for easier, more efficient slicing. Crafted from a single, seamless piece of the finest stainless-steel alloys, the knives are then hardened and tempered for maximum edge retention, ease of sharpening, and long-lasting durability. They also offer forged solid bolsters and full tangs for enhanced strength. The knives are covered by a limited lifetime warranty and should be washed by hand for best results.