The Global Santoku knife is made in Japan, and they are using their stainless steel called CROMOVA 18. The entire blade is from stainless steel construction. To prevent the knife from becoming slippery during use, they have added dimples that they sprayed black.
Knife Rockwell Hardness and Core Material
The steel from the Global Santoku comes pre-stamped on a Rockwell of 56 that they heat treated to a Rockwell of 58. The edge retention should be around four-month due to the convex edge and lighter straighter blade. After that, a whetstone touch-up is needed.
Global Santoku Classic Blade profile
The Global has a Hybrid Santoku profile and is suitable for a forward chopping or cutting motion. But it steel keeps a slight curve so that you can rock on things like herbs.
Knife balance point
The knife balance point is at the bolster, which makes the knife slightly back heavy to accommodate the western cuisine. Because of the balance point and the slightly curved handle behind the blade. The pinch grip is my recommended gripping style. If you pinch grip at the blade then the knife will become back heavy. A fingertip grip will make the knife front heavy.
The knife handle is welded to the blade. To balance the knife correctly, they have added sand in the handle. The entire blade is from stainless steel, and the added dimples prevent the knife from becoming slippery.
Weight, Spine taper and finish
The knife weight at 175 grams is considered a Japanese fusion knife in terms of weight. The spine has a distal taper which means that the thickness at the bolster will become narrower towards the front. It will help with the forward and rocking motion because the food wedges better. The overall knife finish could have been better because Global partially polished the spine for small to medium hand sizes.
Compared to the VG-Max from the Shun, the Global knife is a lot more durable and can handle heavier tasks than a Shun. The Shun, however, has longer edge retention than the global. Despite having a very thin blade, there is no noticeable flex during use. The Global Santoku knife also has enough knuckle clearance, so no problems there.
The Global Santoku knife is ideal for the home cook that wants a Japanese knife that is more durable than most Japanese made knives. You can rest assured that you won’t chip the knife during use and that the Global will handle most tasks without any problems. Since the blade is thin, it is not suitable for heavy-duty work like going trough chicken bones. The knife is ideal for vegetables, boneless meat, and still suitable to fillet a fish.
A Santoku, in general, is not recommended for the professional cooks but ideal for home cooks that like the forward chopping style over the rocking motion of the chef’s knife. The main reason is the length that is mostly too short for professional use. But only you can decide if it will suit your prep work or not at the restaurant.
Larger hand sizes?
If you have medium to large hands, then this knife is not suitable for you. Since the handle is so small it can cause discomfort if you use the knife for a more extended period. If your hand size is between medium to large, then I highly recommend you test the Global Classic series at a store. You may want to look at the ”Ni series” from Global since that is more suitable for medium to large hand sizes.
My Conclusion & Recommendation
The Global Classic series is more suitable for people with small to medium hands. If you have larger hands, you need to look at the Global Ni series, which has a longer and bigger handle. The Ni series is for larger hands while keeping the same similarities as their Classic series. The spine polish is exactly polished for pinch grippers. It means that the front part of the spine is sharp, and the heel is sharp too and not polished at all.
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Besides the Ni series the Ukon series Global Classic
Global Santoku with Hollows
Small to medium hand sizes Global Ni:
Longer handle and thicker but very similar to the Classic series Global SAI: Hammer finish, Cladding heavier with a fixed thumb rest.
Bigger, longer handle, thicker blade, thumb rest.
Global Classic G46 specifications:
Handle: Stainless steel
Handle length: 125mm
Blade length: 180mm
Blade width: 47mm
(measurements might be off by 0.1mm)
Material: Cromova 18
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