Although the Mac Superior Santoku appears in only a few of the reviews we found, ratings for this knife are generally positive. Plus, the brand is endorsed by famed chef Thomas Keller, which several reviewers say gives the lesser-known brand cache. Reviewers and users alike say the Mac Superior Santoku is exceedingly sharp out of the box and great for precision tasks, such as trimming the skin from bell peppers. One professional tester says the blade isn't likely to maintain its sharpness well, but users generally disagree, saying it needs only occasional sharpening. However, both professionals and users caution against using the Mac Superior Santoku for heavy-duty work, pointing out that the blade is very thin and potentially fragile. On the plus side, reviewers say this knife is more easily controlled, and therefore more versatile, than other santoku knives. Another highly rated santoku is the Shun Classic (*Est. $170) . Some experts say it is the best santoku overall, but it is nearly twice as expensive as the Mac.
The Mac Superior Santoku is included in two professional comparison reviews, one at Cook's Illustrated magazine and one in New York magazine. Owner reviews at Amazon.com are positive and include advice about home-sharpening this knife.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
The editors of Cook's Illustrated test 10 santoku knives at a variety of kitchen tasks, from thinly slicing vegetables to butterflying boneless chicken breasts. Each knife is rated on its performance in tests, as well as on the quality of its handle and blade and how well it retains an edge. Although this article is dated, it is the most detailed review of santoku knives we found.
Review: Santoku Knives, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, July 2004
2. New York Magazine
Chef Masayoshi "Masa" Takayama tests and rates 10 santoku knives in this article. Although he considers the Mac Superior Santoku "good for slicing onions," he finds it "too light, and difficult to grip." He also warns that it will not hold its sharp edge well and that its delicate blade could chip easily.
Review: The Subtle Knife, Gillian Duffy, May 14, 2006
Nearly 20 owners review the Mac Superior Santoku at Amazon.com, giving it a perfect 5-star rating. Although the reviews are positive, some users mention that the knife requires regular sharpening, and one user warns that the knife's blade is so thin that cutting hard cheeses may damage it.
Review: MAC Brand Santoku Knife #SK65, Contributors to Amazon.com