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Anybody use Shun? I used one this weekend and WOW its unreal. Anyone have any other recommendations for a WOW knife? I have to find some higher quality ones for the block. Lets hear the knife stories...

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here's a thread on Shuns from a week or so ago - some good info in there....

 

http://www.stripersonline.com/t/887420/shun-knives

 

I'm sure we could throw you all sorts of recommendations if you can tell me what sort of price points you're talking about when you say "higher quality" - as you can imagine, there's a hell of a range, especially when it comes to japanese stuff, both in terms of blade quality and aesthetic appeal, functionality and 'bling-factor'.

 

if someone's purely concerned with how well a knife actually works a set of victorinox fibrox is about as good as it gets - fantastic steel, durable, hard as balls, 100% utilitarian, inexpensive, and what a very large percetnage of chefs in high-volume kitchens use.

 

on the other end of the spectrum you have those silly knives they sell in catalogs like williams-sonoma with ridiculous nonsensical marketing taglines like 'genuine hamon edge' that describes a fake hamon-looking etching pattern or 'hollow ground' to describe a scalloped blade instead of a hollow grind. the stuff with a famous name slapped on them like bob kramer's, yet mass-produced in the korin factory with a hundred other brands. some of those sorts of knives are probably very nice, functional, and undoubtably very pretty, but for the money there are much, much better things out there.

 

japanese chefs knife (the website) has a nice selection that covers a good range of prices and not-so-mass-produced labels. worth looking at even just for the pics, a little knife porn.

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