This hollow-cut 7-inch Santoku knife resembles a traditional chef's knife, but with scalloped blade sides that resist sticking. The unique design is ideal for paper-thin slicing of onions, garlic, and other vegetables, while also handling a host of other cutting tasks. The knife hails from Wüsthof's Gourmet series, a less-expensive alternative to the company's Classic line, but with the same attractive design and attention to detail. The blade is made of high-carbon steel with a stain-resistant alloy, but with a thinner metal than Classic knives. In addition, the blade is cut by a precision laser rather than by hand. The result is a well-shaped blade that holds up to heavy use, with a computer-polished surface that tapers smoothly from tip to bolster. A full tang extends through the synthetic triple-riveted handle, which also pays tribute to Wüsthof's Classic design. The knife is dishwasher-safe, though hand washing is recommended to preserve the blade edge. Every element of this renowned cutlery contributes to its precision and ease of use. The high-carbon stainless steel blade is hardened to maintain a sharp edge and full tangs provide perfect balance with riveted, high-impact composition handles. The blade and shape on this Santoku knife resemble the Japanese Cook's Knife. It's just right for preparing sushi and sashimi - or anything else you want to slice paper-thin. The hollow indents in the blade allow food to slide right off without sticking. Also works well when dicing onions or other vegetables. Prized possessions of professional chefs, Wusthof knives are an invaluable asset in any kitchen, made in Solingen, Germany by skilled craftsmen.