12-20-2014, 01:19 PM
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This is a Shun Classic 8" Chefs knife
So when I realized that this knife was made by KAI, the same manufacturer as my favorite razor the Kai Standard, I had to give it a go.


It arrived nice and sharp and has a comfortable handle. It also has a nice blade geometry that makes quick work of dicing and mincing.


In short I am impressed. It won't replace my 50 year old Sheffield steel knives for everything because it doesn't have the same thickness and heft but for anything that doesn't involve going through bone or requiring a longer blade it may just become a favorite.

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 12-20-2014, 01:37 PM
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Very nice. Thumbsup

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 12-20-2014, 01:58 PM
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(12-20-2014, 01:37 PM)freddy Wrote: Very nice.
Thank you Freddy !

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 12-20-2014, 02:16 PM
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(12-20-2014, 01:19 PM)Nickadermis Wrote: [Image: 551e6f23efffef69c1673d231eb9940d.jpg]

This is a Shun Classic 8" Chefs knife
So when I realized that this knife was made by KAI, the same manufacturer as my favorite razor the Kai Standard, I had to give it a go.


It arrived nice and sharp and has a comfortable handle. It also has a nice blade geometry that makes quick work of dicing and mincing


In short I am impressed. It won't replace my 50 year old Sheffield steel knives for everything because it doesn't have the same thickness and heft but for anything that doesn't involve going through bone or requiring a longer blade it may just become a favorite.


Does it give a good BBS shave?

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 12-20-2014, 02:25 PM
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(12-20-2014, 02:16 PM)mickeyobe Wrote:
(12-20-2014, 01:19 PM)Nickadermis Wrote: [Image: 551e6f23efffef69c1673d231eb9940d.jpg]

This is a Shun Classic 8" Chefs knife
So when I realized that this knife was made by KAI, the same manufacturer as my favorite razor the Kai Standard, I had to give it a go.


It arrived nice and sharp and has a comfortable handle. It also has a nice blade geometry that makes quick work of dicing and mincing


In short I am impressed. It won't replace my 50 year old Sheffield steel knives for everything because it doesn't have the same thickness and heft but for anything that doesn't involve going through bone or requiring a longer blade it may just become a favorite.


Does it give a good BBS shave?
Arm hair easily. Not sure I would risk my nose near it Wink

All joking aside, it is veeeery sharp out of the box. My German blades have never been anywhere near this sharp out of the box. Though they easily sharpen to this stage.

The real test will be how it holds up to my mothers abuse. And how easily it takes to the hones.

This one is to replace the Wustof she lost last week. How do you lose a knife of this size ? Oh I know use it to to prune some rose bushes Sad

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 12-20-2014, 03:51 PM
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They don't give those away! Nice.

FWIW, European knives can be sharpened to the same angle. But there are tradeoffs, nothing is free.

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 12-20-2014, 05:39 PM
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(12-20-2014, 03:51 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: They don't give those away! Nice.

FWIW, European knives can be sharpened to the same angle. But there are tradeoffs, nothing is free.
Thank you Brian !

The last Wustof I bought for the RV was sharpened at the lower Japanese style angle. 15 or 16 degrees or there about. I was more than a little surprised.

I handled a few lighter Japanese blades as well but I just couldn't feel comfortable with anything less hefty than this one.
Time will tell.

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 12-20-2014, 05:50 PM
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Looks like a very nice knife! I just two days ago received a work sharp knife sharpening system. I hope I can get them half as sharp as those may be.

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 12-20-2014, 06:16 PM
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(12-20-2014, 05:50 PM)Bowhnter Wrote: Looks like a very nice knife! I just two days ago received a work sharp knife sharpening system. I hope I can get them half as sharp as those may be.

Let me know how you get on with the new sharpening system. I'm afraid I still use hones. As a matter of fact my finishing hones were my grandfathers Surgical Arkansas stones. Though I never bother with such a fine stone for a kitchen knife. 1000 grit max for me on food prep knives.

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 12-20-2014, 06:33 PM
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I so far am quite impressed. It has a 240 grit shaping then 1600 grit honing. I am not sure I have the degree jig required that looks like it would sharpen your knife. (I did not get the Ken Onion version, but probably should have). Still, it get my knives sharper than I can any other way. Unfortunatley I am not an expert on a hone.

I have often thought of buying good knives like that, but was afraid that I would not be able to keep them sharp therefore wasting some good money.

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 12-20-2014, 06:53 PM
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(12-20-2014, 06:33 PM)Bowhnter Wrote: I so far am quite impressed. It has a 240 grit shaping then 1600 grit honing. I am not sure I have the degree jig required that looks like it would sharpen your knife. (I did not get the Ken Onion version, but probably should have). Still, it get my knives sharper than I can any other way. Unfortunatley I am not an expert on a hone.

I have often thought of buying good knives like that, but was afraid that I would not be able to keep them sharp therefore wasting some good money.

i think you would have no problem honing a blade. muscle memory and a keen eye.

this particular knife can be sent to Washingto or Oregon , I forget which. For resharpening as long as you own the knife. Just send it in with the warranty card and request a resharpening. I would never do that but it is ideal for the folks who don't sharpen.

The main kitchen knife is one of the areas I will spend money for better steel. For me it is the most used tool in the kitchen. That and a great bread knife. I hate cutting bread with a substandard knife too.

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 12-20-2014, 07:11 PM
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(12-20-2014, 06:53 PM)Nickadermis Wrote: That and a great bread knife. I hate cutting bread with a substandard knife too.

Lol... I decide my bread cutting knife by whether I want to wash it or not!!!

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 12-20-2014, 09:26 PM
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Eric, I had this model in my cart at Amazon for over year...still haven't pulled the trigger. It's because I keep buying shaving stuffWink

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 12-21-2014, 06:58 AM
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(12-20-2014, 09:26 PM)DoctorShaveGood Wrote: Eric, I had this model in my cart at Amazon for over year...still haven't pulled the trigger. It's because I keep buying shaving stuffWink
Smile just consider it an extension of the shaving gear. Makes it easier to pull the trigger.

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 01-03-2015, 02:22 PM
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(12-21-2014, 06:58 AM)Nickadermis Wrote:
(12-20-2014, 09:26 PM)DoctorShaveGood Wrote: Eric, I had this model in my cart at Amazon for over year...still haven't pulled the trigger. It's because I keep buying shaving stuffWink
Smile just consider it an extension of the shaving gear. Makes it easier to pull the trigger.
ordered this knife the day after you post. still waiting for it. shows it has shipped should be here soon. what a prize. bought my bread knife two years ago and this will complement it greatly.

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 01-03-2015, 03:40 PM
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I hope you are as happy with it as I am !!!

It's holding up very well indeed Smile

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 01-03-2015, 08:24 PM
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I just sharpened all my Wustoffs on my Japanese stone today. Thats just wrong. I couldn't help imagining they were all Japanese.

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 01-03-2015, 08:31 PM
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Isn't Shun made by Kershaw? Is kai grouped in there too? I know zero tolerance is. I've been on a kershaw/zero tolerance pocket knife ordering spree lately. It's funny, as soon as I read the title I thought to myself if it's Shun I'm going to be jealous. Congrats, they're beautiful. I've had my eye on this for a while: http://www.warriorsandwonders.com/Shun_C..._Block_Set


This is a poor quality video but worth a watch. They cover what makes a Shun so strong and well at holding and edge.


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 01-03-2015, 11:11 PM
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According to wiki, kai makes kershaw. I thought kershaw was the parent company. Interesting.

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 01-04-2015, 06:45 AM
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I don't know that Kai "makes" Kershaw. But they do own them.

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