Santoku means "three virtues," and refers to the wide array of ingredients it can handle: meat, fish, and vegetables. It can also refer to the three techniques it is adept at: dicing, chopping, and slicing. The edge profile is flatter than that of a gyuto, and is much flatter than a western chef's knife. Shorter than the gyuto, it comes in sizes from 130mm and 200mm, though the preferred sizes are between 150mm and 180mm. Its length and versatility makes it the preferred knife for home cooks.