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We are total gadget heads here at Umami Mart. Johnny always scoffs when I bring home a new kitchen toy, or cocktail tool -- we even tried to implement a rule of getting rid of something in order to bring in a new product. But that didn't last long.

When I brought home these two Microdent knives, Johnny yelled, "More knives?!?" But these are the best: Yoko and I visited Seki City where they are well known for their knives, and the president of Seki Kanetsugu, maker of these Microdent knives, gave us a presentation on why these knives were superior. He even had us slice carrots and everything; as avid cooks, we were convinced. They are the best!

Lightweight and sharp as hell, these are the most versatile knives I have in my kitchen. The serrated edge keeps its sharpness and the blade does not wear out as fast as my other knives. I use both sizes (7" and the shorter 5.3") nearly every time I cook.

They are indeed superior for all sorts of cutting jobs:

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Slicing vegetables -- the large knife is great to cut larger leafy-er greens like cabbage or collard greens

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Excellent bread knife!

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I actually use my smaller one to cut up meats and fish, no matter how large the job. I feel like I can control the blade better, and it cuts through the flesh like butter.

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Of course when you do feel like the blade could use a facelift, go ahead and sharpen the back side (not the serrated side).

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Another reason why the president of Seki Kanetsugu, Mr. Kawamura, was so confident in his knife was the reasonable price point. At under $40, these knives are a fantastic entry-level kitchen knife for anyone trying out Santoku (all-purpose Japanese-style) knives for the first time. I always recommend the MAC Santoku knife if you're ready to step it up a notch.

But for now, I hope you give these babies a whirl. We wouldn't import them if we didn't think they were awesome.