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Shun Premier Chef's Knife 8" - $145 AC/FS

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Hey guys, found this deal at the Knife Merchant on a nice knife from a Shun line that doesnt usually go on sale. Its $179 on Amazon. [amazon.com]

Use coupon SAVE35 to bring the price down from $179 to $145 in cart. Free shipping and no tax (usually).

https://www.knifemerchant.com/pro...uctID=6460
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Can't find area to use coupon
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There's a discount code box at the end of where you put the shipping address, right above Remember my information.
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Any firsthand knowledge of this particular chef's knife? Worth it?
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https://shun.kaiusaltd.com/blog/w...-shun-mean

"Shun Cutlery was named for the Japanese culinary concept of "shun" (pronounced "shoon" and rhymes with "moon")...."
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Any firsthand knowledge of this particular chef's knife? Worth it?
It is a great knife! The "is it worth it" will depend greatly on you. This is a knife that does need some pampering - hand wash and dry, don't try to go through bones. This knife is very sharp edged as well as light (thinner blade profile vs German style) , which also means it's not as durable to abuse/ neglect as a Wusthof. If you l love Japanese style knives and you're willing to take proper care of this, yes, it is worth it.

If you haven't felt one in hand to see if you like it, i recommend finding a store near you that you can check it out. Much better to find out now if you're more comfortable with a German style over Japanese

One very nice bonus on Shun, lifetime free (except shipping of course) sharpening

Is this the best price right now, yes that I see. Have they been cheaper, yes - $128 earlier this year
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It is a great knife! The "is it worth it" will depend greatly on you. This is a knife that does need some pampering - hand wash and dry, don't try to go through bones. This knife is very sharp
edged as well as light, which also means it's not as durable to abuse/ neglect as a Wusthof. If you l love Japanese settle knives and you're willing to take proper care of this, yes, it is worth it.

If you haven't felt one in hand to see if you like it, i recommend finding a ship near you that you can check it out. Much better to find out now if you're more comfortable with a German style over Japanese

One very nice bonus on Shun, lifetime free (except shipping of course) sharpening
Thanks for the nice info.
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I bought this in a different knife and it is indeed excellent.
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My parents asked for nice knives one year, so I get them shun premier. They thought nice knives = super durable, strong, maintenance free knives.. so one is now missing a tip and they've all been through many many dishwasher cycles.

If you don't like the feel of a nice clean cut and are just looking to get a job done cooking the family a meal without minimal headache, then these are not the knives you're looking for. That said, these are every bit as good as any other nice knife I've used, but additionally I love the look. I feel like you're paying extra for aesthetics though, which is generally not slickdeal-safe.

I like the Saber knives at Costco for the way I use knives though (read: poorly, very very poorly). I'd never own a nice knife because I can't be trusted to take even the most basic care of something like that.
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I have owned this knife for about 7 years.

It's stupid sharp, a precision instrument that needs you to recalibrate how you treat and use knives, you could really hurt yourself with this if you are used to dull german blades. That said you can also really hurt the fine point of this knife if you treat it poorly with bad cutting boards (Glass, stone, etc), attack bones, don't hone it, use a "sharpener" tool, etc. The angle of the blade that makes it so sharp also makes it so great (You can cut a tomato so thin it's translucent, onions don't make you cry as much because you damage the cell walls less) also makes it need some care.

I love it, but for the "Slickest" deal, buy the modern cheap ceramics and throw them away, they are just as sharp (for 2 years), this is just supposedly a buy it for life product as Shun will sharpen it forever. About time to send mine in for its first sharpening.

Edit: Also I would say if you are only going to be purchasing one premium asian blade, make it a Santoku knife, as this style really shines when cutting veg, I think I prefer german blades for meat (Typical american non-sushi style cutting).
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already having a shun chef and pairing knife, is it worth $100 getting this sharpening system:

https://www.knifemerchant.com/pro...uctID=6961

I current use THIS [amazon.com]to hone (just the 2nd one) my knives

Is the one from Shun better for my knives?
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Have this knife for 2 years. at first i didnt like the balance and weight but now its my favorite. I have a global chef knife too that is super light, but i like this shun for the beefier handle now.

The balance is a little heavy on the back, so it requires a pinch grip for some cutting (one thumb on one side of the shoulder and index finger on the other side)
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It is a great knife! The "is it worth it" will depend greatly on you. This is a knife that does need some pampering - hand wash and dry, don't try to go through bones.
Yeah, my wife is banned from using ours. LOL
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I current use THIS [amazon.com]to hone (just the 2nd one) my knives

Is the one from Shun better for my knives?
First, don't use those sharpeners at all on knives of this quality, it will make the blade worse than what you paid for, if you are intent on at home sharpening (Which I don't endorse) get various grit sharpening stones, best at home method. ( I see that device claims one is honing only, but then says it uses "Diamond abrasive at both stages" so it sounds like it is "Sharpening" as well.

You don't need to spend $100 on a honing steel, Something as simple as this [amazon.com]will perform great (Youtube the technique, the steel is immaterial) Honing makes the original blade stand back upright, not cutting new ones. Obligatory Alton Brown link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRUYAgrsoLw

Since you just saved $90 save it for every 5-10 years to send it in for free sharpening (Plus shipping) from Shun to put the original real blade back on, keep it honed and your grandkids will come out ahead on the deal.
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