Some amazing bargain santokus come from a surprising source: Western knife makers.

Anolon, based in California, makes one with a durable, sharp edge ($30; anolon.com).

  • Arkansas-based Ginsu (of infomercial fame) produces the sturdy Chikara ($40; genuineginsu.com).

  • And Germany’s Henckels has the new, low-cost Mikado line with a graceful santoku ($35; bedbathandbeyond.com).

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