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$100 for a chef knife.

Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:14 am

You helped me choose the Shun classic set with ceramic sharpening rod about a year ago and I'm now looking for a father-in-law gift. I'm looking to spend roughly $100 for a chefs knife, and would be fine with the Shun unless you recommend a more 'romantic' blade that is smaller production and better overall. I see that Shun still has that cheap sale on which is why you recommended it to me. He is a home chef who would likely use the knife 3-5 times weekly. He is left handed though!
Thanks, Ryan

Re: $100 for a chef knife.

Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:34 am

The Tojiro DP Gyuto 210mm, close to the Shun but something a little different: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tojiro-dp-f-8081.html
The 240mm is another $20

Re: $100 for a chef knife.

Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:54 am

I can second the Tojiro DP series as being a very nice option for the money. Same steel as the Shun but it is just a simple no-nonsense kind of knife. It is a very nice cutter out of the box and if he is used to German knives he will be blown away.

Another option for a more rustic look is the Murata Buho: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/mugy21.html

It isn't stainless so it will require a little extra care (mainly washing and drying after every use), so if that is a concern stick with the Tojiro. Otherwise it looks to be an excellent knife for the price. Not sure how the blade grind is for leftys though. Someone else will have to chime in on whether or not it would be an issue.

Re: $100 for a chef knife.

Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:27 am

The Fujiwara is another great value gyuto:


as is the Suisin Inox knives:


The Shun is a good knife brand as well. Most here tend to prefer the flatter profile of a traditional gyuto pattern.....as both of the above and the Tojiro recommended earlier are.

But, profile is personal choice. :)

Re: $100 for a chef knife.

Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:39 am

This one just in, it is a special and will go fast. If you like it, order it quickly, it won't last long.

Re: $100 for a chef knife.

Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:55 am

+100 on the knife Red pointed out. You might want to buy a second one for yourself. ;)

The last one Mark had like this sold out in like a day. lol

Handmade, beautiful, nice wear resistant steel that will keep an edge, and from Goko it should be sharp out of the box. Oh, and it's only $99... lol

Re: $100 for a chef knife.

Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:41 pm

The Goko is hard to beat.

We just got the Kaneshiges back in stock today. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kastwagy210.html
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