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"

  • My partner has a nice chef knife, but I tend to avoid it because it is not “mine” and it’s been with him for so long! I have been wanting something a bit smaller that can tackle everything, other than my cheap little paring knife! This little guy seems just right!

  • I am a knife junkie. I have some favulous ones special-made from Taiwan and a couple of ancient ones bought from a good1ole-boy on a road n Kentucky. This petite santoku would fit right I with my eclectic collection.

  • I have 1 single CutCo knife and it is my sharpest, best knife I own! Except when I cut myself with it because it makes me cry harder than any other knife! My brother was very generous and bought my husband and I part of a knife set for our wedding gift –but I would love to continue adding to it! This knife looks spectacular..thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Great give away! I bought an entire set of Cutco (knives, block, cooking utensils, peeler, icecream scoop, etc….) from a gal putting herself through college….around 16 years ago. These knives LAST. I do not, however, have a Petite Santoku knife in my collection and would love one! I’ve had them sharpened by Cutco themselves but, for non-serated knives I sharpen just before I use them–every time.

  • i dont own a set of knives, although i seem to have alot of them
    they have all come from back yard sales.
    so a good set would be wonderful!

  • I have two Cutco knives that I have had for years and years, and I use them often. This petite knife, however, looks like a perfect size for so many things. Thanks for sharing them!

  • I love CUTCO knives! We bought a set when our children were toddlers.
    We purchased a few for our daughter that is a freshman in college now!
    I’ve not seen this knife though. It’d be a fabulous addition to our set.

  • These knives look awesome! We got transferred for half a year from Europe (job) and we live now in a small little house with just the basics, which includes dull knives. I could sure use one of those cutcos to lighten up my day! 🙂

  • I inherited a set of Cutco knives and I truly love them. I had no idea they would come to my home and sharpen them once a year but I have mailed them back to be sharpened. I would love the small sudoku knife for all of my canning needs. Here’ hoping I win.
    Thanks for helping keep canning alive!

  • Too bad Canadians can’t enter-I’ve heard about these knives. I bet that wee santoku would blast through most anything you threw at it. Good luck everyone!

  • Personally, I am a bit fanatic about knife safety – cut away from your body, and all that jazz.
    But my mom isn’t. And whenever I see her cutting a piece of stale baguette with a big sharp bread knife, cutting towards her palm… I always correct her.
    Also, I have only gotten cut twice from a knife, and those were both from plastic knives cutting apples.
    I find that amusing.

  • I purchased a set of Cutco knives prior to being married in 1968, unfortunately he got custody of the knives in the divorce. When I remarried my husband had a few Cutco knives which are now over 40 years old and still in wonderful condition. I love these knives Except for the Chefs knife….it is way too large for my small hands. I would dearly love to have a small knife with which I could chop my veggies and meats.

  • I’ve always had knives that were dull and ineffective. Then my husband takes them out to his grinder and grinds away at the blade trying to sharpen it! I’m left with a stubby, thin bladed knife that is still ineffective. Suffice it to say, I need a decent knife and would love to win one!

  • I use the kitchen knives that were in my house growing up. I remember seeing my Dad sharpen the knives using a sharpening stick. He’d go so fast too, as a kid that amazed me.

    I’ve never mastered the sharpening stick, but I do use the knives to this day. I’ve added a few but I really need sharper knives.

    I hope I win this giveaway .

    Thank you for your Blog and all the valuable information.

  • I’ve had one Cutco knife for 20 years. I love it, use it every day. I’d love to have more.

  • I have wanted new knives forever but have somehow just limped by with my mishmash of old knives. I take care of them and sharpen them but I dream of really good knives. I know that this one knife would motivate me to make my dream a reality! My fingers are crossed!!!!!!

  • Mom had cutco knives for 60 years before she needed to replace them.
    Dad kept them sharp. Great tools.

  • I have had the same set of knives since my college days. I bought a set of Chicago Cutlery carbon steel knives from the now defunct Vermont Bowl Mill and they have survived roommates and hard use. In Philadlephia I have taken them to Fosters when they have someone in to sharpen knives. In between uses I keep each of them in their own knife case. This little Cutco knife looks like a great little knife for cutting fruit for canning/jamming. Would love one of those babies! All of mine are big guys. Looking forward to buying your new book, soon. I enjoy your blog and started reading it in GRID magazine.

  • I could use something new knife wise, been using the same set for years and its getting rathur dull.
    I have one fliet knife i use all the time and it never goes dull on me. Need a new chopping cutting knife for sure. Would be a blessing.
    Linda Finn

  • My mother used Cutco knives since the 1960s and I still use hers today. I added the kitchen shears, spreaders, and table knives to my collection. i have used other brands and have found the weight and heft of the Cutco knives superior to others. The company has excellent customer service and I have never been disappointed in a purchase. A fine company with wonderful products!

  • Many years ago I bought a set of 3 knives from a local cutlery shop. It is a true joy to have good knives. We are lucky enough to have a knife sharpener at our local farmers market so I can get my knives sharpened while buying delicious fruit for jam. I do not have a santoku knife in my toolbox yet and I think I may have found my “missing piece”.

  • I would love to have this Cutco Petite Santoku knife! I bought a pink coated Komachi knife a few years back that is now chipping. It is also hard to sharpen with that coating.

  • I have the mac daddy set of Cutco knives… unfortunately they are about to go the way of the divorce. My favorite cutco knife is the cheese knife, which I use mostly for avacados. Other than all of the knives which I love – I also will give a shout out for their gardening tools which are fabulous. I asked for the cutco pruner for my 40th birthday present!

  • I don’t believe I have ever tried a Cutco knife, to my knowledge. I basically have three knives on my strip that I do everything with. Two are Japanese knives I bought years ago and between those two they do most everything I need. The third is small knife I got from my mother that she got some years back as a Christmas thank you from a local business…so not terribly expensive. But it is small and has a curve outward on the end of the blade. It sharpens readily and I use it for quite a lot. I would be interested in testing a Cutco and finding uses for a blade that size.

  • Our parents got a couple of Cutco knives each for my sister and I one Christmas – they’re my go-to knives for everything. Note that though I’m the “little” sister, I’m not the one to immediately trim the tip of a finger with the brand-new-sharp knife. My older, more “responsible” sister has the honor of being that person!

  • I’m new to canning so I don’t have a specific knife yet. The knives I use are Wusthof Dreizack for my everyday cooking knives.

    I hope I can win one of these little knives I love working with a really sharp knife as it makes the work so much easier.


  • My husband has a cousin who NEVER sharpens her knives. I’m surprised she hasn’t cut a finger off yet. We bought her a knife sharpener so they at least get sharpened when we’re visiting her.

  • I have a favorite knife-it’s an paring knife that is new-but made to look worn–like my grandmother used to have. It makes me think of her everytime I use it.

  • I have a couple of knives that need to be ditched…they just don’t hold an edge, and I want knives that will do the job. I have a couple of good ones I treasure that were made by a friend years ago, and my husband has a set of old Sabatiers from the ’70s. I use an antique sharpening steel to keep them sharp, and this one looks like it could be a lovely addition to the collection.

  • my only comment about knives these days is that my husband and his hunting buddies had to have a knife strip and new knives to put up in their hunting cabin in the wilds of alaska because they didn’t like opening the drawer to get their knives out…..poor guys

  • My husband & I moved to Costa Rica in 2007. We sold or gave almost everything away taking only 6 bags with us. In one of those bags was a carefully wrapped package containing our Cutco. We lived there for almost 5 years, it was a wonderful experience. Returning home to Missouri, we packed a lot more than 6 bags, but still had our precious Cutco. Next month we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary, & our Cutco will celebrate will be 22 years old. Cutco rocks!

  • I confess I am a knifehead. I don’t have a small santoku like this one, though, and it would be a great addition to my collection.

  • I have just the bare basics–a chef’s knife and a paring. I don’t do anything to get them ready for canning season, but I guess that’s my reminder that should! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Love great knives! I have a good knife set that could use sharpening–but i’d love to find that perfect knife for me that I know is out there. Hope I get a chance to try this one!

  • I have a 20+ year old Wusthof parer that I use for just about everything, but it’s not practical at times. The rest aren’t worth mentioning. 🙂

  • I’m still using the same basic chef’s knife I’ve had for the last 10 years, but I do like to get it professionally sharpened once or twice a year. I’m a wuss, and those knife guys do it fast and cheap. They do like to lecture me about not putting my knives in the dishwasher, and every time I’m all, “I’m not, I SWEAR!” I’m sure they think I’m an idiot…it’s a little like going to the dentist in that way.

  • I have been searching for a knife for the smaller jobs. I’ve gone through a great many knives that promise longevity only to be disappointed and trash them. This knife looks of solid quality and workmanship. I would really like this knife so I can toss everything else.

  • I am 5′ 2″ tall, so I like using small silverware, small glasses, smaller plates, small spatulas, small scrapers, etc. It would be lovely to have a small yet sharp knife to use and it looks like this one would be perfect.

    The knife I have used the longest is a Mac knife that I bought in the 1980’s.

  • I have a lovely chef knife and a santoku – would love something smaller though. Would be my first CUTCO, am ready to be converted!

  • My current knife situation is abysmal. I need to have them professionally sharpened, and the logistics of that process have just not worked out. Yet.

  • My favorite knife was my great-grandfather’s knife. He was a chef, and carved his initials into the wooden handle.

  • I have a mishmash of different knives but the santoku is not in my collection.
    My father just gave me an old knife that he used in the 60’s. Love it!!

  • I have some of my mother and grandmother’s knives. They have lost their sharpness and I am in the process of getting them sharpened. They are rare and I love them. They remind me of them when they were cooking, canning, and all the others. Brings back good memories.

  • When we go away on vacation and stay at a place with a kitchen, the one thing I will not leave behind is at least one good knife. I can’t bear to cut with dull knives. I only have one Cutco knife, but it’s the one we use everytime I cut a large piece of meat. Excellent knives!

    1. I really don’t have a favorite knife set of one single knife. I never had the funds to get just one good knife.

  • A few years ago I had been shopping around for a sushi knife. I finally found one but wanted my husband to stop by the store and check it out before purchasing because he was the one to be using the knife more than I was. He stopped and and purchased the knife and we decided to have friends over for sushi. We had been telling our friends about this amazing knife and how long it was. As we were all standing around the counter watching my husband make the sushi he opens the box with the knife and were all shocked to see a tiny little knife! The shop had given us the wrong knife. We laugh about this knife everytime we make sushi!

  • My knives are sad, I am sad! They are all broken, dull, and some are a little rusty. I need to get some of these kinds of knives, after reading how you and others feel about these!

  • I am slowly building a collection of good knives, I have discovered how much easier and more enjoyable it makes cooking,

  • I have at least 3 really great knives, one of which is my favorite, since it belonged to my grandmother. I remember watching her use it to cut apples and she always peeled my apples but left just a little peel on it because she said it was “good for me”. I miss those days but her paring knife brings fond memories. Having good knives makes all the difference and I too take my best knives if I am going somewhere to cook. Having to cook at someone’s home that has cheap plastic knives is no fun!

  • I can’t live without a Santoku knife in the kitchen, and I can only imagine how great a petite Santoku would be for coring and cutting fruits and veggies for canning!

  • We are looking at quality knives to fit our cooking needs. We have several Cutco knives, a boning knife and a cleaver. We do a lot of cooking with fresh vegetables and fruit, so a paring knife would be very beneficial.

  • My dad died a little over a year ago, and I inherited his wet stone. That man was a fanatic about sharp knives, and when I was a kid I used to watch him work with his stone and his oil. He always let me test the knives by slicing through a sheet of paper. I wish i had knives that were worthy of that stone.

  • I’ve been eyeballing and researching purchasing new high quality knives (vs my current thrift store finds). Wish I would have purchased some Japanese knives when I was stationed there!

  • We have a collection of Henkle and Wustoff knives on our strip and block. But on of our favorite big knives is a really affordable chefs knife. On the look out for a smaller knife for daily and canning use.
    Thanks for hosting the give a way!

  • I don’t have any really good knives, but would love to start getting some. The knife I use the most right now is a ceramic knife that is chipped. That petite blade looks like it would be wonderful to have!

  • We have a couple of Cutco knives, as well as one small ceramic knife.
    But, a few years ago, my husband took my favorite small Cutco knife to the garage (!) and I never saw it again. I really miss that knife!

  • My knife journey is at least getting better. I just learned about the advantages of having a really sharp knife (duh, I know!) and bought a knife sharpener to frequently sharpen my knives. I still use my Ikea knives for now, but some day I hope to be able to get better knives. They are better than what I used to use! I am really enjoying your blog and hope to learn a lot more from you!

  • One of the most important things to have are good knifes, I do not have a small one like this
    and it looks like it would be very useful, I do use my chefs knife a lot but this would be great to have thanks for having this give away. Good luck to all.

  • i must admit i would love a good knife that fit my hand size. shoes come in sizes, so why not a good chief knife?

  • I met a man in Vermont while attending a residency who designed and forged his own knives from raw materials. He even carved his own handles. He is very large, gentle soul but brandishes many knives so many are afraid of him. I purchased one for my husband as a gift and think of the maker each day we use it.

  • My grandson and I love to bake and make jam together. He loves a small Santuko knife that I have had but alas it is reaching the end of its life…too much chipping of its coating! How he would love a new small knife that fits his hand. He is becoming quite well known for his jam and needs some good tools of the trade. 🙂

  • A sharp knife is the safest item in the kitchen. More accidents happen with a dull knife. Let the knife work for you. Should be an easy job if it’s sharp. We all reach for that favorite knife!! And we know which one it is don’t we….

  • good knives are the most critical kitchen tool – we have some beautiful chef knives from new west knife works that are favorites and I love my smaller petty knives – Cutco looks like a wonderful candidate!

  • I must hide my good knife – the best have disappeared. I have bought knives at tag sales,swap meets in Arizona only to have to mail them to myself because I was afraid airport security would take them out of checked bags. I covet a good knife and could really use a small chef knife. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Since handling the Cutco knives, everything else is just a dull knife. I do a lot of salsa and with a regular knife after a 25 box of tomatoes and 10 pounds of onions its dull. With a cutco knife it just keeps cutting and cutting and cutting.. I have gotten rid of all my other knives. I like the was it feels, its effortless. Would love to have this knife. Pick me, pick me!

  • We have an old butcher knife that is both of our favorites. My husband keeps leaving it in the dishwater while he is soaking the other dishes and this causes a lot of stress in our life. I noted the wood starting to separate from the knife and yet……………..

  • We have been using a Cutco knife set since 1982 and I probably need to send them back for sharpening, but they still work great! The set was sold to us by a high school friend of our son’s that was on his soccer team. I have meant to go back to their site and see what is new, but this set is still working great. I could use this addition for all of the reasons that you give too. Thanks.

  • Knife strip? I’m lucky I have a knife block. All of our knives are hand me downs wxcept 1serrated bread knife I bought 30+ years ago. How sad this…over 50 and no good knives…

  • I have a pair of Cutco scizzors and love them! I would love a knife. I’m afraid most of my knives are old and dull. A good knife makes food prep so much easier.

  • Love Cutco knives! Lucky enough to have a few of them but my favorite is the 7 inch serrated one – enen after I knocked it off the counter and it impaled my bare foot!

  • I am particular about the knives I put in my kitchen, a bit of a minimalist if you will. My favorite is a Cutco bread knife, it actually travels (locally only of course) with my family!! It is so nice to find a good loaf of bread while traveling and having the bread knife allows us to share the bread in the moment and have plenty for another time. It has stayed sharp for so many years!!!

  • I have two nice knifes that I received as wedding gifts three years ago. I totally should have put more on the registry. They’re my two go to knifes so they’re starting to get nicked, but I’m not sure who to trust to sharpen them.

  • I have some ceramic knives that I love, but they are getting pretty dull. I can’t find my sharpener since we moved, and I can’t afford a new one. Might have to start using old steak knives to cut up onions like in the olden days!

  • I am still using the little white paring knives I bought over 15 years ago from Block’s Farmhouse in Romulus to core my tomatoes for canned chili sauce, core and peel apples for the apple butter my Aunt Queen taught me how to make and dice and slice onions for pickles, chow-chow, etc. Although these knives are still serviceable, I would love to have a newer, sharper, smaller knife to continue the tradition of canning passed down through the generations!

  • I have two blocks of knives and blocks full of knives. I need just one good knife to help me with cutting up apples, pears, etc…..would love to try this knife.

  • I have some Japanese wet stones and a diamond stone that I use for sharpening my knives. The wet stones make a VERY sharp edge that slices through paper like it was butter!

  • Cutco knives are the best! I don’t know what I would do without my french chef knife. I use it for practically everything!

  • I purchased Cutco back in the 80’s when saving to move out on my own. I am still using those same knives. I tell everyone I know to stop wasting money on other brands!!!! I have to say a few of my steak knives have disappeared over the years as my husband determined they were the best for cutting sod when he’s redoing the lawn!!!!!! ( I’ve since bought a few x-tra) maybe I should buy the shears!!!!

  • I have good knives in a block, but really need to sharpen them. I have a fear of sharpening, I guess…

  • My mother had the best knife, a Cutco waverly edged knife years ago. I don’t know what ever happened to it, but would like to get one like it. My knives need replacing and I plan to buy Cutco as they just seem to fit your hand and stay nice and sharp. Great knives.

  • My husband and I cook a ton, often with friends, and they are always complaining about our knife situation. We’ve got at least one good one, and we also need to get better at sharpening!

  • I am a personal chef and I own several knives, some really good and some-not so. Whenever someone asks me my opinion about knives and what to buy, I always say to buy a good chefs knife, a serrated knife and a paring knife. Don’t buy a set and always buy a stone so that you can learn how to sharpen your knives!!! If the purchase is for a woman I tend toward the smaller chef’s knife because our hands are smaller and it just feels better to have good control over your knife. I have one the size of your give-away and the more I cook and the more my hands grow tired the more I reach for the smaller chef’s knife. I hope I win one!!

  • I am an avid jam maker and canner. I would LOVE to try one of these knives! Would someone invent a non sharpening dishwasher proof GOOD knife?

  • To this day I use the Cutco Trimmer knife my late husband brought into the relationship. For the first years it was the only real knife we owned.

  • I keep a couple super-cheap paring knives for Strawberry Day in June… it’s the only time we use them but that way all 5 of us can work on hulling the 80 pounds of strawberries we pick 🙂

  • I would love to have a set of sharp knives. I only have cheap knives that drive me nuts. I would love to win. 🙂

  • I don’t buy knife sets, just individual knives when they are on sale, mostly Zyliss and Anolon brands. My favorite knife is my Zyliss tomato knife.

  • I love myself a good knife! We have a few shun knives that I love but I feel they are a little “fragile”. I baby them but they still seem to get nicks on them. I would love to find some good knives that are more sturdy. I’ll take any suggestions!!

  • We rely on our old knives, for canning, for preparing elk, deer, or fish and general kitchen use. One thing I have learned over the years is that good sharp knives are necessary for efficient work! My husband keeps our knives sharp.

  • I have a few knives I use often that are pretty good quality, but I’d like to upgrade some. My husband is good about keeping them sharpened. My mother always had such awful knives, but she was such a great cook. I would find it very difficult to cook without my knives.