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

By Emily McKenna and Emily Kaiser Thelin
Updated March 31, 2015

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

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

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

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