on December 7, 2010
This is not your average knife.
The most comfortable way to hold this knife is to wrap three fingers around the handle and then pinch the glade in front of the guard between your thumb and index finger. This moves the balance of the blade so that it is more neutrally weighted and so you have more precise control of the knife. Because of this, even though the knife is large, you can use this knife for surprisingly precise tasks.
This blade is made from VG-10, laminated between an even more stain resistant steel. It looks nice, sharpens readily, and both takes and holds a great edge.
I've heard people claim that the slight wavy surface created on the sides of the knife blade caused by the laminate construction helps keep foods from sticking to the blade. Personally, I haven't noticed much difference.
It's ok... While not constructed to the standards of the knife, it doesn't look out of place on my counter, it protects the edge, and it helps ensure that the knife dries fully after washing. It's a little bit clumsy to mount or deploy the knife to and from this stand, so you will probably still prefer a more conventional knife block. I'd recommend the Messermeister Magnablock (I use one but I'm not affiliated) or similar.
8" vs. 7" Chef's knife?
If you're looking at this knife, you may also be considering the Shun 7" chefs knife as well. I much prefer this 8" model to the 7" because the 8" model features more belly / curvature of the blade, and this allows you to more easily rock the blade when quickly chopping.
Its a great knife! There are other knives which are just as good, but for me this model does everything right!
on February 25, 2010
I have to say that I have owned a variety of European knives but this Shun is simply the best. The edge is incredibly sharp and in fact you have to be very careful or else you could lose a digit before you knew it. The weight, heft and feel of the knife in the hand is solid. The aesthetics of the steel and the particular design of the Ken Onion line is strong and highly noticeable. I just love this Japanese steel and am now gradually acquiring the whole Onion set. If you love to cook, then you need an 'edge' in the kitchen with quality knives and I know of none better than Onion. Pricey yes but definitely worth it.