The Physicist loves his Santoku knife. He even has a slicer that has the same scalloping in the sides, because his chef knife cut so nice. He cuts everything with that knife. But . . it's HUGE. I'd need to chop a clove of garlic, and he'd hand me that thing, and I'd look at him like he was crazy or at least not a fan of my fingers.
So, last year, I asked Santa to leave me a smaller sized one. Christmas morning, there it was in my stocking: my very own Baby Santoku. Now, *I* use it for everything. It's the perfect size for me, and it really is one of the greatest knives I've ever used.