Wow. Just … WOW!Me. Unboxing the Wallop Santoku knife.
Those were my first words when I opened the box on my shiny new “WALLOP Santoku Knife – Japanese Damascus 67 Layers High Carbon Stainless Steel Kitchen Knife, Full Tang Blade & Ergonomic G10 Handle – 7.5”.” That’s what the title on Amazon is anyway. I just call it purrrrrrrrrrrdy.
Sure, I’m a big fan of the Damascus pattern (I believe this one is called a ladder Damascus.) and little details like the mosaic pin in the handle.
I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I don’t really have any ‘quality’ knives, outside of some Henckels Five Star to compare to.
But after my first uses, I have to say my impressions with the Wallop match my first words. From the sharpness of the blade to the fit and finish to the packaging to the sheer HEFT of the VG10 steel, the Wallop packs a … uh … wallop. Yeah, I see where I went with that.
For starters, it comes double boxed. Triple if you include the Amazon shipping box. Open the brown logo’d box and you find a nice presentation box with a cardboard sleeve around it.
Open that up, and there’s a little thank you card, a velvety layer of foam showing off the handle (and the pin), followed by another velvety layer of foam over the blade, which is inside a plastic/vinyl bag with a little tip protector on the end. The packaging makes a fine impression all on its own!
But then you pick it up and feel it. The Damascus pattern offers a very slight texture to the side of the blades. The handle is solid, and has some girth to it. If you have small hands, this may not be a great knife for you. I have big mitts, so it’s a great fit for me.
Yes, it will effortlessly slice paper, almost under its own weight, without assistance. A pointless test, but yes, I had to do it anyway. The real joy was when I started meal prep. Hard pepperoni … effortless. Dicing onions? You can shave them paper thin … effortless. The weight of the knife DOES mean you can put very little effort into your cuts. I did forget to pull the little PLU sticker off a bell pepper before dicing it up for soup. It was diced with the pepper before I noticed. My old knives would have let me know it was there.
Now, I don’t know the quality of the VG10 steel. The description claims, ” The knife core is made of durable Japanese 67 layers super Damascus steel,contents 1.1% carbon, Rockwell hardness (HRC) 60 ± 2.” I don’t know how it will hold that razor edge over time. But I DO know that right now it’s the best edge I have in my kitchen, and if it holds up to time as well as my Five Star Santoku has … I’ll be ordering more Wallop knives in the future!
Their first impressions with me are AMAZING! The company itself though … I don’t know what to say. Outside of storefronts on Amazon, Aliexpress, Banggood, and the like, there is no corporate website, no social media presence, nothing. And I guess I’d rather they focus on making more knives like these than tweeting about it.
If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, I suggest putting it on a watch list for a future price drop. I’d say it’s worth every penny of its regular price, but I KNOW that you can get an unreal deal if you’re willing to wait. Check it out over on Amazon. (NOT an affiliate link.)
Oh. One last thing. I wasn’t ready for the WEIGHT of this knife. It is NOT a light knife. It hits my scale at 339 grams (a full 3/4lb!) – compared to my Henckels Five Star at 160g. Literally over twice the weight I’m used to from my “really good” knife! If you manage to drop it, the best thing you can do is jump backwards QUICKLY, or your toes are done for. I’m sure it would cut into wood floors. Not sure how it would react with something like ceramic tile. But I’d be more worried about it cracking the tile than hurting the blade!