AVOID this knife like the plague! It's *not* a true Santoku knife. I have a number of other Shun knives (including 3 other Ken Onions - a cleaver, a paring knife, and a chef's knife), and this one....this one does not measure up. At all.
I bought it on an Amazon Gold Box deal some time back. The thing shows up and, true to Shun form, it's sharp as a razor. True to Ken Onion form, it fits in my hand like a glove....
....so here I am, thrilled to death with it. Then a couple weeks later, I'm cutting a boneless lamb leg that I had in the freezer for a little bit to firm it up. Not frozen, just firm. The damn thing chips. Blew my mind. I've never had a knife chip, not even my ceramics.
So I call Shun and explain it to them so they can warranty a replacement for me, and they refuse. Why? They claim that you aren't allowed to use their santoku knives to cut anything that at one point had a bone.
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
I argue with them for quite a while on this, asking them how it is they are selling a knife that you can't even fully use in the kitchen. There are nothing in the instructions saying "vegetables only". But they won't budge.
So I return it to Amazon, get my money back, and end the whole thing. This knife is ridiculously sharp, but it has zero durability, and Shun no longer stands behind their products the way they used to. Any knife so fragile that you can't even cut meat with it (keep in mind, no bone in the meat for it to catch), is not a knife worth having, especially not for 100 bucks.
Shun used to stand for the highest level of quality, but apparently those days are over (reading reviews on Amazon reveals a LOT of other people who have had a similar experience). If you want a top-flight Japanese knife, go with Mac or Kasumi.