Giveaway: Cutco Five Inch Petite Santoku

April 8, 2014

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 thoughts on "Giveaway: Cutco Five Inch Petite Santoku"

  • I use my inexpensive Victorianox chefs knife for about everything, keeping it sharp is my main task. Would be great to have a little diversity!

  • A good sharp knife of the right size for the task is a joy. My favorite is an old carbon steel one because it keeps a finer, sharper edge than the stainless ones. Still I like to have choices. And this Cutco one looks like it would be terrific to add to my collection. Then I can throw out the duds.

  • When it comes to knives my mother and I have never agreed. I tend to buy the cheapest i can find and sharpen constantly while she has her favorite few that have lasted decades. It’s currently the only thing we fight about. She’s right (as usual) but I doubt I will ever actually bring myself to purchase a knife that will last long enough to become a favorite.

  • I was a college student studying abroad in the UK, and I met a man who worked as a sous chef in a restaurant. I remember a story that he told about giving one of his buddies a cheese knife as a wedding present. At the time, I wasn’t impressed by his present because I didn’t know that good knives could cost much more than the cheap paring knives I had purchased for $1.99 at the local box store. He just said it looked really cool. Since then, I have looked at really nice knife sets and yes, those cheese knives are pretty cool.
    Unfortunately, my knives at home are either from Ikea or from the Asian market. They are definitely not wedding present worthy.

  • Many years ago my brother sold cutco knives and somehow I wound up with *one* serrated steak knife that I adore to this day. It is a total workhorse and a great knife — I want more cutco, but haven’t yet mustered up talking w/ a rep to make it happen. Perhaps I should.

  • Well made sharp knives that are lightweight and easy to use are also the safest knives there can be.

    The older I get the more ‘knife skills’ elude me and the more I reach for one with a shorter blade. This one looks great and can hang right next to the small cleaver that has recently become one of the first to grab. ;>

  • My current cutlery situation is a bit haphazard. We still have most of the mid-level set that came with the knife block we got over a decade ago, but they’re… well, they’re not great knives. (Also, for the life of me I cannot get my husband to recognize the difference between a bread knife and a carving knife. They’re both long and serrated, so he thinks they’re interchangeable.) My best knife is a ceramic blade–but while I love it, ceramic has the disadvantage of chipping…

  • When I first started cooking in the kitchen, I didn’t use a professional knife — needless to say it took a long time to chop…I decided to invest in a Wustoff Santoku knife. It revolutionized the way I cook. I have since purchased others. There is magic in owning a great knife or several great knives in the kitchen, especially for those of us who cook up a storm.


  • I have used many knives over the years, and I still favor my Gerber knife now going on over 40 years. The handle that was clad with wood has cracked, but it has been a workhorse and a steady friend!

  • I have one “good” knife, a J.A. Henckels International 8″ chef’s knife. I use it for almost everything. Well, that knife and my kitchen shears. And a cheapo bread knife. I also have a lower-end J.A. Henckels 8-piece knife block set, but I rarely use any of the knives in it.

    My good knife lives in the dish drainer. Every time I use it, I wash it and put it in the drainer, and there it sits until I need it again, which is pretty much every day.

    I’ve been really curious about how a Santoku knife would work, and this little Cutco gem is a beauty! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  • I love Cutco knives. I sold them one summer while in college. That was back in 1981, so my knives are 33 years old. I still use my demo set from those selling days.They were sharpened once in 2002 which Cutco made super easy and pleasant. They stay sharp a long , long time, you can’t break them with full tang blades, they are very comfortable to hold with their uniquely molded handles. The handles are made out of bowling ball material, so they’re virtually indestructible. I have never seen the petite santuko knife but can relate to your new found love of this little Cutco gem. They are a great company with a great line of products! Go Cutco!

    My best regards,


  • I just got a new knife set for Christmas from my mom, but still use my stainless one I have had for years because it works so much better. My hubby and I fight over it when we cook together, lol.

  • Once upon a time, my boyfriend sold Cutco knives! He only stuck with the company for a few short weeks, but my family and I bought a few of their knives and, 4 years later, we still love them! I don’t have this particular knife, so I would love to add it to my collection!

  • I have a set of Cutco knives and I use one or more daily. However, I do not have the Petite Santoku knife. The trimmer is one of my all-time favorites!! I also really like the spreader for cutting sandwiches.

  • I had our knives professionally sharpened for the first time recently. What a difference! We’ve got lots of different kinds–Global, Wusthof, etc.

  • I do not have a knife story to share, This summer will be my fist year canning, so to start I CAN use any helpful information and tools for new beginners to canning.


  • Most of my knives are 1944 hand me downs from my mother. I don’t have the heart to get rid of them. I do have a few Henkels. I use my father’s knife sharpener, also from 1944. When my slicing becomes dangerous for me, I get out the sharpener for an afternoon of grinding. I would much rather be prepping for a new recipe. I’m sure my kitchen time would be more productive with a good set of knives, but I love thinking about my parents when I pull out their old utensils.

  • My knives are my mother’s, which are tried and true from the 50s – a Santoku knife was not in her repertoire (nor was teaching me how to can!) but the shape and size of it looks like a very handy knife to be using.

  • I love knives. I have a nice assortment of different brands. This would be a welcome addition! thank you for the offer.

  • I hosted a party for my son’s friend who was a new salesman for Cutco and needed the practice. The knife I purchased was a big serrated bread knife which I have been using almost every day since that party fifteen years ago and it’s still sharp. Not sure why I never purchased another Cutco knife because it was the best one in my drawer. Would love to add this one though

  • I currently have a set of Cutco knives and I love them! Even though we have them, my husband really wanted a Santoku knife as he like to cook so for our 1st anniversary I got him a Wustof 7″ Santoku and it is the go to knife that we use when preparing our meals. The petite santoku would make a great addition to our set.

  • I have a sharpening stone and a chef’s knife, but have yet to bring the two together. I’ve been relying on a steel, but have learned recently that a steel is not enough. I’ll be looking carefully into the task of sharpening this vital knife on my stone.
    At a local restaurant, I recently saw a chef sharpening an all-purpose knife on a bread knife taking the place of a steel. I asked about this and was told it’s a viable method when a steel is not available.

  • I use Chicago Cutlery that I have had for almost 26 years. They don’t show their age for I have taken good care of them. I sharpen them with a knife sharpener quite often.

  • What is happening on my knife strip is dismal these days. I have a number of knives that REALLY need to be sharpened, and I know a place that sharpens them, but it’s not even close to my path to and from work so I never get there. They’re good knives, though, so even in their current neglected state I enjoy them.

  • I inherited some fabulous german stainless knives from my grandmother from the 1960’s… with a little sharpening here and there they work better than some of the expensive knives I have purchased in recent years!

  • My husband does all the cooking and he is definitely a one knife man! He likes a large knife for everything, but I love a smaller knife and use them quite often. Mostly while he stands by and scoffs at my “baby” knife..LOL

  • I use my Anolon chef’s knife that I love and it cost me under $30! In fact, I gave my son my “big name” chef’s knife and kept this one when he needed a knife for his new apartment lol. I would love to have a smaller knife to use as I just use the big one for everything.

  • I gradually have been added Wustoff knives to our set — we keep trying to find a good holder — the typically wooden one is hard to clean.

  • I love my full-sized Santoku knife. It is my go to knife along with our Victorinox serated knife which gets used for bread and meats. Shopping for a handsome magnetic knife rack to keep them handy.

  • As an avid canner of everything in sizes from half pints to quarts, I’m using my knives often. I keep buying new sets hoping that *this* time, I won’t have to sharpen one every time I need to slice a tomato without squishing it. (I’ve gone through 2 sharpeners so far). If this Cutco knife will keep it’s blade more than a few uses, than I am the girl for it!

  • As much as I have always been a foodie, it was during my macrobiotic days (35 years ago) that I learned my knife skills. It was with my trusty Mac knife that I learned the best techniques for the preparation of vegetables and fruits. I still have my Mac knife although it doesn’t have quite the same straight edge after many years of use and repeated sharpening. I love the look of the Cutco and it reminds me of the hand feel of my Mac knife. In 2011, I became certified as a Master Food Preserver which greatly rekindled my interest in canning, dehydrating and fermenting. For all of these purposes, I would be delighted to have a Petite Santoku to join me in my food adventures. By the way, I love your fermented radish recipe.

  • I love Cutco! Though I only have a few pieces. At this point I use old knives we inherited from family. My husband sharpens them for me each time I start a canning session. He’s the best!

  • I’m late to the game of fine cooking and kitchen utensils. Now that my kids are college-age, I am able to take the time to enjoy cooking and canning so much because it’s both relaxing and fun, not to mention better for you and less expensive. That said, I would love to add to my very small collection of knives. Cutco knives have a great reputation where I live!

  • I have one Cutco knife and it is truly my favorite.It is so sharp. The rest of my knives are in awful condition but I do not know what to buy!

  • Well, I lost my Cutcos in a divorce (I was able to sneak the potato peeler). Since then, I’ve gotten happily re-married and we have a good set of knives. But, I sure would love to have that Cutco Petite Chef back in my hands!

  • I have had a serrated slicing Cutco knife that I have had for thirty years and just love it. I would love to have a smaller one for smaller jobs. Would recommend these knives to anyone. I hope you pick me.

  • My knives are Farberware and old. They don’t do a very good job anymore, so you can see I would LOVE a Cutco knife! Thanks for the give-a-way!

  • I have a few ceramic knives, but the ones we have relied on and have used since 1976, repeat 1976, are Cutco knives. I have added a couple of knives to it over the years, once I realized they were still in business. My original collection would cost a couple of thousand dollars today, amazing! More amazing is that they work great and I haven’t even had them sharpened through them. I didn’t realize they did that until the last knife purchase when the guy told me.

    I don’t have this type of knife that is being given away. I have looked for it and didn’t realize Cutco is selling it. I would love it!

  • I have never owned a cutco knife/scissor /etc. While on vacation with a few girlfriends, they were all talking about their cutco knives. I have Henkels, like them a lot but have had a few problems. Would love to win a cutco knife to see what they were all raving about!(who wouldn’t)

  • I currently have two cutco knives and that pretty much sums up what I count as knives. I have a 9″ carver and a trimmer. I typically use the trimmer for all my food prep needs. Both are in bad need of a sharpening. I have told my husband that whenever he needs ideas on what to get me for birthdays or anniversaries, etc., cutco is a great option! Incidentally, I saw your food in jars book in cost plus yesterday. Congratulations!

  • what a nice offer, thank you… knife magnet has a bread knife, a chef’s knife and a paring knife…..all are quite aged and in need of attention……….cutco has such a great reputation for sharp knives and I have never used one and would love to try this little fellow out………especially for cutting down all the littles one needs for canning……X0

  • I have several knives….but my favorite is a mid range chef’s knife I bought at restaurant depot last year. I just ordered a knife sharpener for my classroom (one that was suggested in Cooks Illustrated) and will be sharpening all my knives before canning season starts!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • I would love to try a cutco knife, I have never used one but have heard so many people say how wonderful they are that it would be a real treat to get a chance to see for myself 🙂

  • I LOVE my Cutcos! My favorite perk is that they will come to your home and sharpen them once a year! You will be amazed at how dull your knives get in a year. Just be careful after they are restored to their former glory.

  • Years ago my husband presented me with a new knife block full of Chicago knives. I was sooo excited as they were definitely better than what I had. So, here I am…40 years later and those Chicago knives (I still have them) just don’t seem to keep their edge like they used to. The only knife I have that I wouldn’t trade for anything is my little Victorinox 3″ parer.

  • I love when food makes memories and there is not better memories than with my Opinel knife from France which I take with me on hikes and trips. Love!

  • Current knife situation, all thrift shop knives that I’ve had to rehabilitate. Sure could use a quality santoku!

  • My parents had Cutco knives.They used them for years and they are still being used. I can still picture our dog running out to the kitchen for his little scarp of meat when he heard the knife sharpener! I’m trying to keep my assorted knives sharp by having my husband sharpen them in his shop every once in a while.

  • I’m a college student, and so far all the knives I have are ones old roommates left behind, which work in a pinch. I’m definitely hoping I can get my own knife set soon though, since I don’t have anywehre to store my knives at the moment.

  • Oh gosh, my knife situation is embarrassing. My favorite Henckels knife lost its tip many Halloweens ago while my ex was carving a pumpkin. Since then I’ve substituted with a hand-me-down Ikea knife. It gets the job done, but is no work of art. Smaller knives are also Henckels., which I get sharpened periodically at the local fabric store when the Knife Sharpener Guy comes through. I’d love to try a cutco knife, and I sorely need to upgrade my tools!

  • I could use a new knife for sure! I have been through so many! right now i am using pampered chef knifes and while they are “ok”, i need something more reliable and sturdy! If Cutco works out i will be buying more to round out a decent set!

  • I have such a hodge podge set of knives that it would be lovely to have some quality ones. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Looks like an outstanding knife !! Our knives are so old… i don’t even know what they are ! I’m hoping I can get one of these …. just in time for gardening and canning season to begin !

  • Every day I am using a sharp knife to cut up fruits and veg for the kids, and at night we’re often cutting apples and cheese for us adults. I’d love to add another fabulous knife to our collection!

  • When I was in high school a friend of mine sold Cutco knives as a summer job. He came over to our house one evening when my grandmother was visiting from Arizona, and did his best to convince my mother. Grandma really liked the kitchen shears on her arthritic hands, but declined to purchase them. So my mother purchased two pairs and gave one to Grandma. But she wouldn’t take them until she had given my mother a penny to “pay” for them. “You must never give a sharp object as a present or it will sever the friendship,” she told me very seriously. “You must pay for it, even a penny.”

  • My current cutlery situation is just a few Rachael Ray knives. They are ‘just’ ok. I have a real nice sharpener to get my knives ready for canning season.I really do need some “GOOD” knives.
    Cool giveaway,

  • I have had Cutco knives since the early 1970’s. I love, love, love them! They are the best knives I’ve ever used and I, too, love that I can call and someone will come to my home to sharpen them once a year. My husband keeps a good edge on the straight edge blades, but we leave it to the professionals to sharpen the serrated edges. They have become a bit pricey, but I purchased a set for my oldest son when he got married, and will also purchase a set for my youngest son when he gets married. They are a very worthwhile investment.

    My husband had one time taken the smallest knife and used it to poke at something in a blender. Needless to say, he broke the very tip off of the knife because the blender blade caught the tip and hacked it off. I contacted Cutco, sent the knife back to them, and they were going to replace it with the newer model, which was longer. I told them I didn’t want the longer knife that I wanted the original knife. They filed the tip down, sharpened it, and mailed it back to me. Love that little knife! So you can also get your knives repaired and/or replaced if need be. Very good company!

  • I have umpteen knives that are mostly useless because they did not stay sharp as advertised (you know when it says never needs sharpening). I have one knife that stores in its own sharpener. When you remove it or insert it, it supposedly runs over a sharpener. To a degree, it does that. The problem is it only does it to a very small are of the blade. I would love to win this knife.

  • My parents have used Cutco for years. Initially it was to help a friend of mine who was selling them to earn $ for college, but it turned out that they love these knives!

    We may not be gourmet cooks, but they did teach me the importance of a good knife, and how to sharpen knives on a steel. I still remember the first time my boyfriend say me sharpening knives…the look of fear on his face was priceless! But now he understands why I do it. I currently have a set of Henkels, but someday I would like to graduate to a small, core set of even better knives. A good knife can cut your work in two (pun intended)!

  • Knife 2 cutco that we haven’t had to sharpen and an assortment of other knives that I have collected over the years. I take them into the knife sharpener at the farmers market once a year to refresh their ability to chop the finest.

  • I got my addition to Cutco knives about 10 years ago. Originally very skeptical. that didn’t last long! I love them and would really like to have a chance to try this petite knife.My favorite one is the paring knife but like them all. Chicago…hope you enjoyed your visit!

  • Currently rocking a set of Henckels, which I love. However, my husband constantly hogs the Santoku, so I’d love one for me!

    Just finished my strawberry/vanilla jam from the class at the Morris Arboretum. So yummy in Greek yogurt. Now I’ll have to make some for myself. AAH!

  • My current knife situation is a “dull” topic.. I need to take them to the Farmer’s Market like I do every year and there is a booth that sharpens them. Wonderful and not expensive. My knives are old and I sure could use a new one.
    Thanks for the giveaway..

  • Currently I use Henckels and they get the job done. I used to sell cutco knives when I was in college and they are amazing! Everyone I sold them to tells me how much they love them even 10 years later.

  • Two of my favorite, everyday, use-all-the-time knives are a pair of Kuhn Rikon Non-stick Colori Paring knives. They stay sharp and are just the right size for so many things – and they are colorful, which equates to happy!

  • Oh gosh – I enjoy the knives I rec’d when I was first married, but my fav’s are the one’s I’ve picked up randomly at Homegoods! Not cool, I know – but as I learn more about the TYPES of knives I need, I do better!

  • I have a set of Cutco serrated steak knives and they are amazingly sharp. I love them and have to admit that I use them for more than just cutting steaks. Having a Santoku would be a fantastic addition to my block of knives. Thanks again for a wonderful site.

  • Nearly 40 years ago, when I was a poor, struggling student and budding cook, I had saved $150 to buy Christmas presents for my family and friends. Setting out to shop, I stopped in the old Hoffritz knife shop in downtown Chicago to admire, once again, the beautiful, unaffordable cutlery. Suddenly, impulsively, I bought a 12″ chef’s knife, 5″ utility knife and a French paring knife with $135 of my limited gift money. I was sweating. I have no memory of how I managed to pull off Christmas gifts that year on $15, but to this day I still use those 3 knives without regret. Even though my knife arsenal has grown considerably over the years, that 12″ chef’s knife is still my favorite… my go-to chopping knife. And those are the three knives I take with me when I travel and know I’ll be cooking.

  • We have Henkels and a set of old carbon steels I am not allowed to touch…belongs to the hubs! He sharpens everything for me for canning season…missing a lovely little Santoku tho…would be a welcome addition to the knives I CAN use!

  • Such a lovely set to win! They sure could have came in handy this past month. I have been busy putting up Meyer lemon curd & marmalade!

  • My favorite knife is a paring knife I bought 45 years ago. It’s still sharp and I’ve never found another knife I would trade it for. Maybe this one…….

  • The bottom fell off my knife, the weight and the part that held the weight inside. :-(. It was a from a famous Food Network TV star, too.

  • Man, I have a few good knives, but I don’t have a good santoku knife. This would make a huge difference when making marmalade!

  • I have this one knife that I use and have had it since I got married all those years ago (almost 41). I have since lost the other knives that go with it but continue to use this one and sharpen and use and sharpen. I would love to try a Cutco…….good luck to everyone!


  • I have a set of Cutco steak knives that I use every day at the table. I have a Santoku knife that I use for just about everything, but it doesn’t stay sharp for very long any more. I’m a pretty good dicer but always had trouble slicing bread with an even thickness until I recently got a Victorinox bread knife.

  • I truly love one knife that I’ve used for 20 years…. and it has peeled every potato to come through my kitchen. My honey is always collecting…. He is a Hickory man!

  • My husband sharpens all knives in our house. He also does all the precision cutting,he says I am not precise enough. Okay by me. We have several knives but the favorite one is a chef’s knife that he keeps very sharp. Years ago I was cutting onions for dinner, the knife was not really sharp, and all of a sudden my husband heard a noise….I had dropped the knife. “How bad is it?” he said. I had cut myself deeply. He said “let’s go to the ER.” My comment was “Can it wait til after dinner?” Needless to say we went to get stitches. My husband removed the stitches in 10 days. A sharp knife is a must, less chance of hurting yourself.

  • My knife situation currently? Baaaad! My best paring knife is one of my mother’. She had this since the 1960’s! I have 2 “chef’s” knives (using that term lightly). They are so dull I really am afraid I’ll try to cut an onion and miss. None of my knives are sharp and I don’t know how to sharpen them. Thanks for a chance to win REALLY good knives!

  • I actually have the Cutco steak knives and love them. My knife strip is full of newly sharpened knives! Ultimately, I do cut myself, but I have gotten better and never a trip to the hospital. 🙂 Thanks

  • My son… bless his heart… got me a set of plastic rainbow knives for Christmas… =) He is 7. Sure could use another one for when he isn’t looking =)

  • It’s been years since I’ve gotten or even had my knives sharpened. So would love to win this Cutco Five Inch Petite Santoku.

  • I absolutely love my Cutco knives. I bought my first one in 2005, and now have several of them. I love the way they feel in my hand (nice and balanced), and Cutco really backs them with the lifetime warranty. Right now I’ve got a chef’s knife, the veggie knife, bird’s beak peeler, cheese knife, two meat knives, and the serving set. I got them ready for canning season this year by sending them back to Cutco — two were really dull from years of use and needed to be re-sharpened, and I had dropped the bird’s beak some time ago and broken the tip off. I sent them away the day we left for vacation, and they came back the day after we got back home. Not bad service!

    I really want to get a set of their steak knives, but they are pricey.

  • I’m entering this contest because I don’t have ANY good knives to start this new canning season. 🙂 I just got my first pressure cooker, and we plan to have a large garden this year, so I’m excited to get this party started! Thank you!

  • Hi, I am new to canning… I’ve always wanted to learn and I took a cooking class last summer so I am very much the beginner. I’ve already requested a copy of your new book for Mother’s Day. I saw a demonstration of Cutco knives a few years ago and was very impressed. I have some miscellaneous knives that a friend gave me last year when I was divorced. I would love a small, sharp knife to help with the cutting of fruits and veggies for my upcoming summer canning projects. I hope you will consider me! Thank you!

  • I have a few good knives, a chef’s knife I love and a bread knife I love. I would love to win this addition to my knife collection.

  • I was once gifted with a medium size chefs knife from a chef I once knew who gave it to me out of his own personal collection and I use it for everything but this smaller knife will get plenty of use in my kitchen for the smaller things. Also I love the rich color of the handle!

  • My knives are a sorry mix of old cheap knives mostly. I got a new bread knife for Christmas a couple years ago and a chef’s knife this year. My mother-in-law has Cutco and swears by them but I’ve never been able to afford them. This would really help my collection along!

  • My dad always says, “There’s no substitute for the right tool” and this includes a good, sharp knife in the kitchen.

  • My knives are a mess! I have an old butcher-clock set I received as a wedding gift — 20 years ago. Still, I can’t bear to part with it for sentimental reasons. It sits on my counter, unused, while I use the same single knife for everything — a great instrument I bought after a knife skills class at a local cooking school.