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Yaxell Ran 8" Chef's Knife - $79.96 FS - Cutlery and More

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I've been shopping for a new Chef's knife with a budget ~$100-$150 and was waiting for a deal on a Mac Professional or Shun Premier. Came across this Yaxell Ran knife on Cutlery and More that's on sale for $99.95 plus another 20% off in the cart, making it $79.96.

Wasn't able to find many reviews on the Yaxell brand, but those that I did find were quite complementary. Not sure how well it would compare to the Mac/Shun, but for 40% less money, this seems like a great knife.

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Beautiful knife, thanks!
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Beautiful knife, thanks!
I'm still on the fence myself and hoping that someone with more experience with the brand can chime in on a comparison against some of the more well known manufacturers.

Any thoughts?
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Very comparable to Shun in quality. Not as well known in the states due to marketing. We recommend using only Japanese whetstone for sharpening and any damascus pattern layered steel knives are susceptible to chipping on the cutting edge, especially early on in use due to the thinness of the blade. And as always, never ever ever in the dishwasher, always hand wash. Good bang for the buck on this find.
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Very comparable to Shun in quality. Not as well known in the states due to marketing. We recommend using only Japanese whetstone for sharpening and any damascus pattern layered steel knives are susceptible to chipping on the cutting edge, especially early on in use due to the thinness of the blade. And as always, never ever ever in the dishwasher, always hand wash. Good bang for the buck on this find.
Thanks... would you say it's more like Shun Classic or Premier?
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Very comparable to Shun in quality. Not as well known in the states due to marketing. We recommend using only Japanese whetstone for sharpening and any damascus pattern layered steel knives are susceptible to chipping on the cutting edge, especially early on in use due to the thinness of the blade. And as always, never ever ever in the dishwasher, always hand wash. Good bang for the buck on this find.
Can you educate me why you should not use these knifes in the dishwasher. I'm still new and learning about high end knifes.
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WOW thank you! I've been waiting for this knife for a LONG time. I tried it at a trade show and it was way better than Shun imo. Both prices weren't justifiable and I was holding out on some BF deals for this knife. Many many thanks!
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WOW thank you! I've been waiting for this knife for a LONG time. I tried it at a trade show and it was way better than Shun imo. Both prices weren't justifiable and I was holding out on some BF deals for this knife. Many many thanks!
You're welcome! I think I'm going to go for it based on your feedback.

One more question... any idea how it compares to the Enso HD which is on sale for the same price, and also is produced by Yaxell? The Ran seems to have a higher retail price ($150 v $130), but the specs look very similar.

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/ens...fe-p134596
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Can you educate me why you should not use these knifes in the dishwasher. I'm still new and learning about high end knifes.
Knives in the dishwasher are likely to get harmed from other items around them. But more importantly the chemicals present in the detergent can harm the handles and the blades. Simple cleaning with the soft side of the sponge is best, won't scratch the blade.Smilie
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I believe the Enso is actually manufactured by Yaxell as well. From my notes, I did put Yaxell Ran as #1 with 5 stars everything. For Enso I have 4 and 5 stars, but balance was a 4. It wasn't a memorable knife to me, sorry. And for what it's worth, I did not prefer the crimped image of the knife, it is much more prevalent in person
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Thanks... would you say it's more like Shun Classic or Premier?
Both the Classic and Premier line from Shun have the same number of layers of steel as this Yaxell. This Yaxell's handle is more similar to the shape of The Premier line handle. The main difference between the Yaxell handle and the Shun handles is the material. I am close to positive that the Yaxell handle is 100% synthetic where the Classic and Premier line from Shun have a hybrid, natural resin infused hardwood handle. And of course the Classic line has the D shaped handle with most knives produced made for the right handed user, although I am a lefty and the right handed design doesn't bother me one bit when in use.
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Looks good.. Thanks
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Thanks... would you say it's more like Shun Classic or Premier?
classic and premier have the same blade characteristics, but different handle. you're paying extra for the premier's premium woodem handle
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classic and premier have the same blade characteristics, but different handle. you're paying extra for the premier's premium woodem handle
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Both the Classic and Premier line from Shun have the same number of layers of steel as this Yaxell. This Yaxell's handle is more similar to the shape of The Premier line handle. The main difference between the Yaxell handle and the Shun handles is the material. I am close to positive that the Yaxell handle is 100% synthetic where the Classic and Premier line from Shun have a hybrid, natural resin infused hardwood handle. And of course the Classic line has the D shaped handle with most knives produced made for the right handed user, although I am a lefty and the right handed design doesn't bother me one bit when in use.
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I believe the Enso is actually manufactured by Yaxell as well. From my notes, I did put Yaxell Ran as #1 with 5 stars everything. For Enso I have 4 and 5 stars, but balance was a 4. It wasn't a memorable knife to me, sorry. And for what it's worth, I did not prefer the crimped image of the knife, it is much more prevalent in person
Thank you all very much. I just ordered the Ran along with a Messermeister Ceramic Honing Rod w/ free 2-day shipping!
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