Customer reviews for Oliva Elite 7" Santoku Knife

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Oliva Elite 7" Santoku Knife

Oliva Elite 7" Santoku Knife : Performing with Asian-style quickness and release, the Oliva Elite hollow-edge santoku knife is enhanced with the natural grip of richly-grained olive wood. This ergonomic, beautifully-crafted olive wood handle feels exceptionally comfortable in the hand. Messermeister truly revives the traditional art and science of knife making with this santoku. Expertly-forged from a solid blank of high-carbon steel and handcrafted by 3rd-generation Old World artisans, this traditional hot-drop hammer forging method produces one precision knife at a time. Each blade undergoes 45 intricate steps to completion to create a hollow-ground, 15 degree hand-polished, thinly-ground edge that is extremely sharp. Chops, dices, minces and slices with the smooth contact and easy-release performance. Wide spine allows the precision to slice paper thin, julienne or create wide cuts with swift downward strokes. This santoku knife blade is resistant to stains, rust and discoloration. The Asian-style wide blade serves as a spatula to transfer ingredients or herbs from cutting board to pan stockpot. Hand wash. Lifetime manufacturer warranty. Product Features Expertly-forged blade from German high-carbon stainless-steel and the natural grip and rich grain of an olive wood handle Quick-release blade indentations ensure smooth, precise performance Beautifully-crafted handle provides a glove-fitting grip Messermeister utilizes the skills of 3rd-generation Old World artisans to produce blades using the traditional hot-drop hammer forging method Each blade undergoes 45 intricate steps to create a superior, razor-sharp knife 15 degree hand-polished, thinly-ground edge is extremely sharp to chop, dice, mince or slice Wide spine ideal to slice paper thin, julienne or create wide cuts and transfer ingredients or herbs from cutting board to pan Resistant to stains, rust and discoloration The ergonomic contoured handle offers a glove-fitting grip Messermeister is world reknown by chefs and culinary artists as the masters in handcrafting German knives
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2 out of 2(100%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Oliva Elite 7" Santoku Knife
Review 1 for Oliva Elite 7" Santoku Knife
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4 / 5
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Gorgeous, but a bit too thick for sharpness

PostedJuly 6, 2012
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Hypersensitive
fromSan Francisco, CA
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Expert
This is a gorgeous knife. But the knife is a bit too thick to match other great japanese style knives for slicing easily through most foods. The Kulens help, but I have other knives that slice better through carrots, celery, onions and such staples. Even some other Messermeister knives. But if you don't mind exerting a bit of pressure, it is super comfortable and easy to use.
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Review 2 for Oliva Elite 7" Santoku Knife
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5 / 5

My Best All-Around Knife and a Beauty

PostedJanuary 30, 2012
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Solomagundi
fromBourbon, KY, USA
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Expert
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
My two favorite knife makers are Wusthoff and Messermeister - so much so that I gave my son and daughter Messermeister Meridian Elite Chefs knives as Christmas presents. Thus, it was with great anticipation that I saw and ordered the Messermeister Oliva Santoku Knife. I have been pleased with it, but not 100%. The quality is excellent, and it has a fine/sharp cutting edge. The olive wood handle is nice, but will require frequent oiling for best maintenance. The blade is about 7 1/4", slightly longer than my Wusthoff Classic Santoku, 4181, at 6 3/4." Since I have recently been using Santokus much more often than my 9" Messermeister Meridian Elite Chefs, 3689-9, I welcome the slight extra length. Two subjective negatives. The handle does not have a full tang with scales, rather an enclosed tang, a la' Samurai Swords and Japanese Santokus. I prefer a full tang. This is probably related to my second nit-pick, the center of balance is just at the front of the bolster. I would prefer it slightly further back in my hand, just behind my index finger, since I do mostly semi-light slicing and chopping, not so much heavy duty cutting and chopping. Although it's not perfect, it's a beauty, and has replaced my Wusthoff Santoku and Messermeister Chef''s as my all-around use knife. And a great deal at $100!
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