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 Post subject: Re: Shun or something else?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:36 pm 
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pjwoolw wrote:If your set on Shun go with the SG2 steel line. But certainly for the money you could do much better cost vs performance going another direction.



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 Post subject: Re: Shun or something else?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:12 pm 
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The problem I always have with high hardness, powdered steels is that they chip easier than others. With someone new to that type of knife, we often have issues. The TKC is hard enough to perform very, very well....but not as easily chipped.



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 Post subject: Re: Shun or something else?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:46 pm 

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+1 on the TKC

I got the TKC (based on Adam's frequent recommendation) and can say it is a special knife with fantastic performance.


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 Post subject: Re: Shun or something else?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:28 am 
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TKC will own the Shun. It has a flatter profile though. If you want all that belly, there is only one way to get it, a Shun.

For me, I have never used a Shun that I would happily own. Sometimes when we are all around the block prepping or plating, if it is sharp, I use whatever is there, many of my compatriots use Shun knives. That said, I find myself going out of my way to use my TKC when there is time. AND my coworkers go out of their way to use it too.



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 Post subject: Re: Shun or something else?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:37 am 

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A couple more to look at on your budget between $150-200

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/masamoto- ... 210mm.html

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tagrch21gy.html

and one in damascus

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/hachkn8.html

All seem to get good reviews both here and on KFF.


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 Post subject: Re: Shun or something else?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:39 am 
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Shun or something else? Something else.



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 Post subject: Re: Shun or something else?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:47 am 

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Never a Shun. I would certainly suggest a Mac Pro over a Shun if you want a belly in your knife. It's not nearly as fancy looking, but it's a better knife with better steel and top notch fit and finish. I use mine pretty often.

With Shun you buy the name and marketing. The Goko certainly. or even a Tojiro, would trump it.


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 Post subject: Re: Shun or something else?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:53 am 
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Ive never understood why people buy shuns. Who drops that much money on something without doing a cursory google search first? There are a variety of knives of a similar price that would blow it out of the water.


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 Post subject: Re: Shun or something else?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:53 am 
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Do not buy Shun, overpriced, overhyped, blah blah blah
You can do much better for the same $, see above.
I have seen that Kikuichi recommended about a zillion times in these forums.
Damascus knives are nice to look at, but since this is your first J knife, you should get yourself a good cutter.
The Goko is a great value if you must have Damascus.
If you decide to spend up to $200, that would open up a lot more possibilities.
The Richmond Laser in AEB-L stainless steel comes to mind.
I have the 210MM Laser, it is a great blade.


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 Post subject: Re: Shun or something else?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:36 am 
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I read this thread and I feel like I may be to Shun what Mel is to Global. Maybe with a little less rabid, outright hate. I do hate outright Global knives though. Shun may be a little better than those. Both are ridiculously expensive for what you get in return. Every time someone in my kitchen threatens to get a Shun I always say "Get a Tojiro" 1/2 the price or less. VG-10, more skillfully done than Kai. They look at me and say "never heard of it" and get a Shun. They pay for the marketing like the donkeys they are.

Certainly never pay more than around $50.00 USD for a SHUN knife.



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