Global 7" Hollow-Ground Santoku Knife
Global knives have been manufactured by Yoshikin in Niigata, Japan since 1985. The two most innovative features of Global knives are their edge and the way they are balanced. The majority of the Global knives are sharpened or ground on both sides of the blade like western style knives. However, their edges are ground straight to a point rather than beveled, resulting in a dramatically sharper knife which stays sharper longer (Rockwell rating C56-58).
To balance their knives, Global uses a hollow handle which is then filled with just the right amount of sand to create the correct balance. Global uses this method rather than using a full tang and a bolster to balance their knives for two reasons. First, it is a far more precise than using a tang and a bolster. Second, Asian knives typically do not have bolsters, since they only serve as a hindrance to cutting and sharpening.