Shotoh knife: a small Japanese sword for in your kitchen
A shotoh is the practical little knife for all kinds of precision work. Any task for which your chef's knife, gyuto or santoku is just too big: you can grab your shotoh. The shotoh is the Japanese version of the European paring knife. The shotoh is pretty much identical to the petty knife, with 'petty' being the more European term, and 'shotoh' being more common in Japan. Shotoh means 'small sword' in Japanese.