Giveaway: Cutco Five Inch Petite Santoku

Cutco small santoku 2

While in Chicago a few weeks ago, I attended a fancy lunch that included hibiscus cocktails, lots of happy networking, and a most generous gift bag. Included in the tote of goodness was a Cutco Petite Santoku knife that I was very excited to take home with me (I even checked my previously carried on bag in order to hang on to it).

It’s rapidly become an oft-used knife in our kitchen for small tasks. I make scrambled eggs for Scott with some sort of chopped deli meat every morning and it’s the perfect for cubing up the ham or pastrami. I also like it for quartering apples, cutting carrot sticks, and splitting grapefruits into quarters.

holding the small Cutco

I’ve been using a handful of Cutco knives since 2010 when I first encountered them at a food show in New York. Four years on, those knives have proven to be sturdy, reliable and continue to earn their place on our knife strip (and I am ruthless about ditching knives that don’t pull their weight).

Because I’ve been so pleased with them, I’m delighted to host a Cutco giveaway in the hopes that some of you might find yourself equally smitten. This week, I have five of these Cutco Petite Santoku knife to share with five winners. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a knife story. What’s your current cutlery situation? How do you get your knives ready for canning season? What’s happening on your knife strip these days?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
  3. Giveaway open to US residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

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Disclosure: As mentioned above, the nice folks at Cutco gave me the knife you see pictured above at a blogger event in Chicago a couple weeks ago and are providing the knives for this giveaway. They did not pay to be mentioned here and my opinions are entirely my own. 

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756 Responses to Giveaway: Cutco Five Inch Petite Santoku

  1. 251
    Heather says:

    My knife story is that when my parents were first married and totally broke (seriously, they’d eat hot dog pizza because it was the only meat they could afford) they somehow were convinced to buy a complete set of Cutco. They still have it 39 years later. They love them, they’ve had a few break and have had them replaced. What was a huge issue when they were 21 and 23 is still going strong 4 decades later! It would be fun to have my own little piece of cutco.

  2. 252
    Angela walters says:

    I had my husband’s set of Henckles sharpened for Christmas several years ago. I took them home and promptly used the newly sharpened scissors to cut wrapping paper for presents. A few days later, I’m searching high and low for the scissors. After a few weeks, I give up and buy a replacement pair. What do I find the following year when I pull out the wrapping supplies? Yup! The original pair of scissors! Haha!

  3. 253
    ANN Shirley Dixon says:

    Well this will be my 1st year canning,my knives were just cheap,my husband got some from t.v. while i was away seeing my daughter,did not tell me until they came,they are showtime fivestar stainless and he keeps them sharp for me,this knife you are giving away looks like i would use it alot. thank you shirl

  4. 254
    Pete says:

    Ooooh! This looks perfect for all those in between jobs a bit too big for the paring knife and not quite enough for the chef’s knife. My favorite knife usually gets all those jobs, but it really is more of a fileting knife. Or something.

    Don’t really have any good knife stories, except that I still have no knife strip. Why? I really don’t know.

  5. 255

    when I’m watching the chefs on TV…I’m always trying to see the brand name of the knives they are using , to no avail. i am so looking forward to a proper knife, and would like to start a collection. Possibly this will be the beginning for me.

  6. 256

    “Knife strip.” Oh, man, I wish! I do have a great Henckels 8″ chef’s knife that I adore, but it’s a little big for my tiny hands, so I’d love a smaller option!

  7. 257
    Dianne in GA says:

    This looks like a good knife to begin a knife make over in my kitchen!

  8. 258
    Cece says:

    Oh, the knives! I have old ones from college that desperately need to be replaced, mixed with two actually nice ones that see all the use 🙂 I need to get on replacements!

  9. 259
    amy says:

    Love Cutco knives. My husband sold them back in college.

  10. 260
    Chris says:

    Our knifes are rather pitiful. I think only a couple are really sharp. The others I only use if the two sharp ones are dull. I do have a great french knife that is great for the big things. I don’t have a knife strip. Sounds like a good idea.

  11. 261
    Carol says:

    Funny you mentioned “knife strip”. I got one from IKEA and love it. Would love to stock it w/ some great knives.

  12. 262
    Kris says:

    My mother doesn’t like sharp knives. I don’t think she has ever had a knife sharpened. A few years ago, I realized that she was still using the same set of knives that she purchased in the ’80s. They are dull and the wooden handles are loose. So, I started buying her knives for her birthday or Christmas. She claims to like them. I had thought she’d gotten rid of the older knives. But she hasn’t. I find them in the sink every now and then when I visit. She just can’t part with what she believes are perfectly fine knives.

  13. 263
    DebrafromMD says:

    I bought a set of Cutco knives just before I married my husband (of almost 40 years). They didn’t offer this Santoku then, and it would be a lovely addition to my kitchen.

  14. 264
    Heather S says:

    My current knife situation is bad, they’re dull and useless so this would be fabulous to win!

  15. 265
    Jen Y says:

    I’ve been looking for a good working knife & a set of steak knives.

  16. 266
    Fawn says:

    My favorite knife is from Chicago Cutlery, love it <3

  17. 267
    Cassandra says:

    My current situation is that I am stuck with 6 different knife sets. And that they don’t even make a complete set if you put the miss-matched handles together. I have to keep sharpening them every few months and I make sure to sharpen them again just before canning, just to make sure.

  18. 268
    Patricia says:

    My knife situation is DISMAL. They are all old and “cheap” but do cut (somewhat). I would give my eye teeth for a good, really good knife. As a senior citizen on a fixed income, there just doesn’t seem to be money in the budget for a knife of this quality. So I sit here, looking at it and thinking, I hope the person who gets it loves it as much as I would.

  19. 269
    Alex says:

    I’ve got two chef’s knives, a smaller chef’s knife, two paring knives, a random steak knife that must be leftover from a former roommate (but comes in handy for small/soft tasks), and a great new super-sharp breadknife. I’m in need of a sharpening stone, but my usual protocol is to take the team to Fante’s every few months/as needed for sharpenings.

  20. 270
    keapdx says:

    I have a very odd assortment. A couple of Wusthof knives that I use quite a bit. A couple of serrated blades and some miscellaneous others including an entirely undistinguished steak knife that gets the most use of any of them. And a trip to the knife sharpener is in order here pretty quick.

  21. 271
    Paige says:

    I have three knives. One small Ginsu santoku, one paring knife, one bread knife. I manage all my cooking and canning with them, and they’re currently in need of sharpening.

  22. 272
    Nancy Lowell says:

    I am still using my knives from Culinary School circa 1992, I am not familiar with Cutco, but I had a great little knife like yours and it disappeared. I’m afraid it was thrown out, which is, of course tragic. I would rather have someone steal something than throw it away, at least if someone takes it, someone gets to use it!

  23. 273
    Deb Smith says:

    My mother has notoriously dull knives. So when I married my husband
    made sure we had good sharp knives for the kitchen. A few years ago
    I added a santoku knife, and I always wished I had bought more. –djs

  24. 274
    Zim says:

    My current knife situation is driving me a little crazy. I live in a house with 4 other 30-and-unders (used to be 5, but we got rid of 2 and added my boyfriend), and I haven’t dared to get nice knives because I’ve seen how badly mistreated my just-ok ones have been. My boyfriend (a chef) and I are currently planning an elaborate subterfuge whereby I FINALLY get good knives, but we pretend they’re part of his kit, and therefore off-limits to the rest of the house. Until that time, I’m going to have to make do with my poor abused knives. Anyone know how to get a huge ding (really, a bending of the metal like someone tried to cut something WAAAAAY too hard) out of a cleaver?

  25. 275
    Emily says:

    I recently inherited a set of Zwilling J.A. Henckels 250th commemorative knives. My dad purchased them on a trip to Germany just before I was born and gave the set to my grandparents. When my grandmother passed away this fall and my mom was cleaning out the kitchen, she decided the set should come to me. The smallest knife was missing but we use the larger two all the time now. They probably need a good sharpening.

    We also love our cutco pairing knife we bought with wedding gift money.

  26. 276
    Kathy Dreher says:

    I first started using Cutco when my son sold them one summer as a summer job. That’s when I got hooked on them. My daughter says that when I die they are hers. Lol. That’s how good they are!

  27. 277
    Sarah says:

    For our wedding we received a cheap set of knifes. I have been slowly replacing them with Wusthof knives one at a time. I would love to throw a Cutco knife into the mix!

  28. 278
    Cheryl Pugh says:

    Good Knives are essential is all cooking preparation, including canning. I have my favorite knife and get my husband to sharpen it with a new electric knife sharpener we bought. I would love to have a new knife to use on all my fruits I am currently using to make jams. When I was a lot younger I tried to be a salesperson for CUTCO knives but had to bail, I am not a good sales person, I want to give it all away. Can’t make any money that way. Thank you for your consideration. Cheryl

  29. 279
    Shari says:

    Because of my Essential Tremor, most of my family insists that sharp knives will only be dangerous, however, I am constantly sneaking them into the house so I can illustrate that a sharp knife makes cutting easier for me not harder. I have a respectable bar knife because stabbing and slicing is important. And I have a semi-respectable paring knife. That’s it.

  30. 280
    Jodi Frederick says:

    28 years ago, I met the man who would become my husband. He came with a set of Cutco knives. I had never heard of Cutco. But I still have the knives…and the man. I wouldn’t give up any of them.

  31. 281
    Tif C says:

    Love cutco…I have a pair of their shears that I can’t live without!
    I’m dying to get some knives…currently I have 3 wustofs and an old no name giant I inherited from my parents 20 years ago!

  32. 282
    Krystal says:

    I’m getting a knife strip to de-clutter and get rid of the knife block. The paring knife, bread knife, chef’s knife, etc will go up!

  33. 283
    Angela says:

    My cutlery situation is abysmal, I have been purchasing the “disposal” knifes from Costco for longer than I care to admit. I keep telling myself that I should get a nice set but then I get overwhelmed by the decision and head back to Costco for canning season.


  34. 284
    Melissa says:

    Knife story: one time I was cutting bread at a friend’s house and sliced my thumb. It bled for several days because I refused to go to the doctor and I still have a scar from it. I’ve got an assortment of mediocre knives and am just waiting for the right knife set to come along before I upgrade!

  35. 285
    Pat Nelson says:

    I do not have any name brand knives, nor do I have a knife strip. I have assorted knives that have gotten me through 42 years of marriage. I would love to experience a good knife. I hone the edges of my knives as needed, whether for everyday use or canning.

  36. 286
    Lindz says:

    When we got engaged, I bought my (now) husband an awesome Santuko knife. It’s always seemed a bit big to me, so I’d love to have this small one to try out. 🙂

  37. 287
    Laura says:

    I have a basic set of knives that are about 18 years old. I finally had them sharpened last year, and they were so sharp, that I kept cutting the tips of my fingers. To me, a good knife should not only be sharp, but should feel good in your hand. Mine don’t – maybe that’s the problem ( and not my clumsiness!).

  38. 288
    Cindy G. says:

    I have a set of knives that I got as a gift. Nothing high end, just a standard set in a handy knife block. I used to work in a fish market, and while I could filet a whole salmon like nobody’s business, I couldn’t sharpen a knife worth a darn. But, when I worked in a bagel shop and cut myself on a dull knife that slipped off the bagel and into my finger, I decided it was time to find a way to sharpen them. So, tucked beside my knife block is a little sharpening gadget that works just fine. Now, I just need to refresh my knife skills!

  39. 289

    It never ceases to amaze me how long folks are willing to grapple with poor-quality knives. One of my favorite gifts to offer as an unexpected “just because” gift is a good knife. I have been the recipient of two particularly special knives in the same tradition.

    The first was given to me years ago by a former boss and mentor. It was a Leatherman multi-tool, which might seem like an odd item to mention on a canning blog. However, that set of knives has been involved with many a back country meal, more than one hunting expedition, and plenty of wild-harvesting outings. It really is a food-related knife, in my book.

    The second is a Henkles chef knife that my sisters gave me as an engagement gift. It is embossed with two of my favorite creatures (a magpie and a limber pine), which were the emblems used in my wedding stationary, etc.

    Both knives continue to remind me of how much a simple tool can accomplish, how much a basic tool can mean, and how many memories can be created by using them.

  40. 290
    Zubayda M says:

    I’m currently in the market for a new knife set. I prefer block sets to magnetic strips.and have my eye on a Wusthof set. The set I currently own has seen better days;my scissors broke a few years ago and the remaining knives have rusted after being cleaned in the dishwasher. This will be my first season canning, so I’m hoping to have my new knife set before starting. There’s nothing worse than chopping fruits and veggies with a dull knife.

  41. 291
    Gabe W says:

    Always looking for a good knife…I got a really nice ceramic one as a gift and it worked great for a while….until it chipped right in middle and became useless. Got a second one and the same thing happened! It’s only steel for me from now on, and this little one would be a great addition to my kitchen!

  42. 292
    Marie Foohey says:

    My knives are ancient,in fact I just sliced the top of my finger,ouch

  43. 293
    Linda R says:

    Knife story. Growing up we had one really sharp knife. I thought it was sharp but it really wasn’t. It was one of my parent’s wedding presents and it was never sharpened. When I finally learned that a sharp knife is your friend in the kitchen, I went out and bought a Santoku knife. Mine is bigger than this one though. It would be nice to have a little guy to do smaller jobs.

  44. 294
    Grace h says:

    I try to keep my Chicago cutlery knives sharp but…

  45. 295
    Maria says:

    I am so knife deprived!

  46. 296
    Diane says:

    Nothing happening on my knife strip – I bought one, but couldn’t find a place to hang it that I can reach. I’m still using my butcher block with the knives inserted upside down to save the edges. My funny knife story is that after years of yearning for an offset bread knife; I finally found one on sale that fit my budget. My son stopped in and it was on my kitchen table — still in its box. I could see he was very taken with it — he’s inherited my appreciation of a good knife — so I ended up giving it to him for his birthday and pretending it was intended for him all along. I’m still looking, LOL.

  47. 297
    ChristyMN says:

    Knives are in desperate need of sharpening at the moment!

  48. 298
    Jessica HZ says:

    I really need my knives sharpened. I took them to the grocery store once and they did a terrible job.

  49. 299
    adrienne says:

    I have a basic chef’s knife recommended by Cook’s Illustrated – the Victoronix one for like $20. I love the weight of it, but it is pretty dull and I’m not even sure I can get it sharpened because it has little teeth. Looking to find something that can replace it, but that isn’t outrageously expensive (poor PhD student here). I’m curious how the petite knife in this post compares size-wise…

  50. 300
    Dee says:

    I have cobbled together a bunch of knives, but none of them are really fantastic–and I’m not as skilled as need be to keep them in good shape. As I am starting to cook more, I am hoping to start over with my knife collection–and this Cutco knife would be a great beginning!