As Auzzie man reviews would say “Here’s me santoku knife critical analysis” It’s all well and good me sitting here behind my keyboard telling you what great value for money these products are, so in order to do a better level of service to you all, I propose that I just show you.
I collected the data surrounding a few brands of Santoku knives and put them into my a python DataFrame so I could perform some great statistical analysis.
Shut Up Already, Show Me A Graph!
You can see from the image above, you can see that Dalstrong has a really long line. Thats due to the cost of the product based on its physical size. As it’s a standard 7 inches, it costs over £100 which makes the line so long. The Economy score is a measure of how much the blades cost per inch.
So technically, Shan Zu is the most cost effective purchase standing in at £1.71 per inch. heres the rest of the knives and their respective values:
- Shan Zu – £1.71 per inch
- Mercer Culinary – £2.27 per inch
- Master Class – £2.34
- Sabatier – £2.85 per inch
- Joseph Joseph – £2.91 per inch
- Rustler – £3 per inch
- Mosfiata – £3.50 per inch
- Euna – £3.86 per inch
- Nanfang Brothers – £4.28 per inch
- Sunnecko – £4.28 per inch
- Orient – £5.57 per inch
- Victorinox – £6.17 per inch
- Zelite Infinity – £6.85 per inch
- Koi Artisan – £7 per inch
- Wusthof – £11.94 per inch
- Dalstrong – £17.14 per inch
Deeper Dive Into The Results
Does this mean that Shan Zu is the best knife? If you’re on a shoestring budget and you need something to stand in and do the work then of course it’ll do the job.
Continuing on with the analysis, i decided to take the average star rating into account to see if that affects the order of the santoku knives I’ve listed.
In order to work that out I’ve used this calculation:
(Knife Size * Knife Price) / Average Stars.
The idea behind this calculation is that we already have found the cost per inch of each knife. The lower the star rating, the lower the score will be, it should give a better idea as to which knife the customers really prefer.
Average Star Rating Calculation
There doesn’t seem to be much change at the expensive end of the results.
The cheaper end of the results has changed though. The first graph shows that the order of the best value for money knives went as follows:
- Shan Zu
- Mercer Culinary
- Master Class
- Joseph Joseph
These 6 are the cheapest and best value for money only based on the physical properties.
Including the average star rating the order changes to:
- Master Class
- Shan Zu
- Joseph Joseph
- Mercer Culinary
Why has the order changed? What does it mean in terms of affordability?
The order has changed because the trust level of the product, as rated by in average of 5 stars, changes the value. The higher the cost per inch, the lower down the table it moves.
Having something that is slightly more expensive but is trusted better means that you get a better purchase. It seems counter intuitive to buy something cheap for the sake of being cheap.
Maybe if you were to spend and extra £5 then the life span of the santoku knife would expand by more than double.
The Best Value For Money Santoku Knife As It Stands
Using the latest table of 6 santoku knives, I’ll take a break from the analysis and introduce the top 3 santoku knives to show you why you should buy them.
Masterclass Santoku Knife
Sitting in on at the top spot for value for money santoku knives is the Masterclass 4.7 inch santoku.
Masterclass is a brand serving in all things culinary. They provide a huge range of equipment for cutting, slicing, dicing, grating. The list goes on.
I’m here to talk to you today about the santoku knife in particular though so onwards we go…
At 4.7 inches and its cheap price tag, it’s the blade that topped the ranking when I made the calculation for price per inch. Being a relatively short kitchen knife and the shortest on the list, it’s one of the deciding factors in it coming out on top.
Interestingly enough it also comes with an edge keeper sheath so you can store it in your drawers without the edge of the blade getting nicked or damaged. Some of the relatively more expensive ones don’t have this option as standard.
The blade itself is a hollow-edged, which is usually popular in busy kitchens so that food does not stick to the side when slicing.
As standard it comes with a 25 year guarantee, so if there are any problems you run into construction wise you’re covered!
Also comes in Paring and Chefs knife too.
Shan Zu Santoku Knife
Next up at number 2 is Shan Zu.
With a name like Shan Zu it might sound odd that these are actually a German manufacturer. To be fair, this should only lend itself even further to your trust levels given the Germanic nature of engineering and making sure that everything they do is perfect.
The handle is triple riveted for maximum balance and precision. Another Santoku knife to feature a hollow wedged blade, not like the one before it though, this one comes in at 7 inches long at 48% more knife.
This knife came in at the top of the affordability before the star rating was added and even came in second place afterwards so this knife itself is going to be one of my top picks.
This is a great knife for a first time buyer erring on the side of caution when it comes to stocking up on the proper utensils you’d need when it comes to making up some pretty tasty grun.
With it’s relatively cheap price tag it means it’s also pretty good as a present too so you’ve got options. Especially if you’ve got a twin.
Shan Zu also sells a few different variations, check these out below.
Joseph Joseph Santoku Knife
At £2.91 the Joseph Joseph elevate santoku knife sits in third place. Not a bad choice for a bronze medal winner.
The elevate technology Joseph Joseph has implemented means that the handle is weighted so the blade wont touch the surface when rested. A nice design in this day and age of health and safety.
Hollow edged blade adds an extra factor to the overall design of the knife so your food doesn’t stick to the edge surface of the blade when cutting.
The handle is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort, providing an extra layer of comfort around the index finger grip so you can apply precise amounts of pressure for whatever you’re knocking up.
Joseph Joseph is a household name in the UK, they are another company that doesn’t just specifically make knives but have a huge array of products that work very well in a kitchen.
This knife also comes with a plastic sheath to keep the edge safe during storage.
User Ratings – Why Are They Important?
If we step back into the analysis, we can start to take a look at real life reviews. The last step of the affordability calculation did include the average ratings, I did this to include a level of trust that other people have put in place. Lets take a look at how the table would look if we went of the ratings alone.
From the graph above you can see a clear winner based on votes alone.
The Mercer Culinary knife is miles ahead by a factor of over 20. To have an average of 4.5 stars for something that has been rated so many times is actually quite impressive.
User rating are important when considering which product to purchase. If it came down to two things you liked priced the same and one product had a one star rating while the other had a five star rating, i think everyone would be opting to buy the five star rating product.
Thats because real people have taken the time to show their joy/dismay at it.
In this instance the Mercer Culinary Santoku knife is the most voted knife in the list.
Mercer Culinary Santoku Knife
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