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Shun Sora

Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:06 pm

Since I have been spending time on the forums, Mark has spoke of the Shun Sora Chef as being one of the best buys on the site. Upon further research, there is very little review online for this particular shun line. It seems intriguing but looks completely different and out of the box in terms of its technology and manufacturing.

Mark, can you share some details on why you feel this represents a great value?

Others, do any of you have experience with this line or with the chef knife?

I love this forum, -I am an info junkie before I make a purchase. There is a lot of great info on the site.

Re: Shun Sora

Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:00 pm

TSD <> There is very little online review of the series because it's a brand new line for Shun... no one's used it, yet.

From the looks of it, it's everything you expect from a Shun... impeccable fit & finish with above average materials. For $80 I'm sure it's a really nice little toy as a 200mm yo-gyuto, but that polymer handle screams "cheap" amid the overall package. Yes, you pinch around it mostly, but I hate how they feel. At $80 it is a great deal, I'm sure, but it's an $80 deal knife, you know.?

Re: Shun Sora

Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:23 am

The technology/technique they're using to weld those two steels together to make that pattern are not at all new to Kai (the parent corp of Shun, Kershaw, and Zero Tolerance). Kershaw and ZT are pocket knife/camp knife brands....btw. Anywho, they've been using that technique of two different steels welded together to make that funky pattern for years now in the pocket knife world. I had one for a while and it really didn't perform any differently than any other knife with the same cutting edge steel.

It's just all about the looks.

Re: Shun Sora

Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:11 am

Let me see if I can do a quick video on the knife when I go home for lunch.

So at that price point this knife competes against 3 other stainless knives on our site, Fujiwara, Richmond Artifex and Tojiro DP. All are big sellers. Each one has it's strengths:

Here is a quick run down of the strengths of each:

Shun Sora: Good steel and great blade aesthetics (best of the group) and good blade profile (much better than the Shun Classic).
Tojiro DP: Good steel, nice grinds behind the edge
Fujiwara FKM: Best blade grinds of the group and best handle of the group (all handles are wanting but this one is the best)
Richmond: Best steel and heat treat of the group and best name (kidding)

Re: Shun Sora

Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:59 pm

Regarding profile, it almost looks like two bridged flat spots; similar to the Takeda, Mr.Magnus, just designed <link>...



Re: Shun Sora

Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:19 pm

The handle is very similar to the Wusthof Grand Prix 2. It seems like their design team is very influenced by the German knife makers. Not sure why. At least there is no finger guard on the knife. :)

Re: Shun Sora

Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:29 pm

chefknivestogo wrote:"..It seems like their design team is very influenced by the German knife makers. Not sure why."

Ostensibly, because everyone buys Wusthofs...

Re: Shun Sora

Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:37 pm

That Miyabi Evolution that I looked at was basically a thin bladed 8" German chef profile with a too-skinny handle and no heel bolster. Seemed oddly very German for a "Japanese" knife. Lot's of rock-a-belly.

Re: Shun Sora

Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:43 pm

Miyabi is a Henkels...

Re: Shun Sora

Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:15 pm

Thanks for the clarification - I should have noticed that earlier. The Evo line probably meets it's design goals perfectly. I'm sure they'll sell a ton of them, just not to me :-).
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