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Shun Knives
Date January 25, 2011
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Shun Knives

Shun Knives

Shun Knives

My knives are important to me. I use them every day; they are the tools of my trade. I care for them as if they are my children, wiping them clean after every cut, polishing them clean with my special cloths, and storing them in containers so that they can be safe until I need to use them again.

I am loyal to certain German brands because of their proven resiliency; I have had several of them for 15 years. These knives continue to serve me well with unblemished steel, free from chips or defects.

From time to time I will experiment with new brands of knives; I’m always looking for the perfect cut… that perfect balance in my hand.
I recently purchased two Shun knives from a well- known distributor. I must admit, I was taken with the beautiful design; visible folds of shiny metal and the polished wood handle.

“Two Shun Chef’s knives for me please.”

I plunked down my credit card, and $300.00 later, I had my new cutting instruments in hand.

The next day I removed the new knives from their protective sheaths, and made my first cuts. The perfectly sharpened steel easily cut through fruit, vegetables and poultry. Both knives were making short work of even the most difficult culinary tasks. Unfortunately, after a few days of work, I began to notice small chips in the blades. These flaws were disappointing to say the least. I thought back on the work I had done with these knives… had I cut something other than food? Surely not; I never use my cutlery for tasks other than what they are intended for.

I promptly returned my Shun knives to the store that I had purchased them from. The clerk was surprised to see large chunks of steel missing from both of my knives.

“Would you like your money back?”

No. I would, however like two new knives. Maybe that particular batch of steel wasn’t formulated correctly; maybe there was a flaw in the process somewhere.

My new Shun knives are still waiting in my bag. I will use them again soon. Hopefully, they will perform better this time.

To be continued.

Chef Chuck Kerber

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4 Responses to Shun Knives

  1. Laura Kerber says:

    I can’t wait to see what the new knives are like. I’m looking forward to reading about how this turns out, because as you know I saw the knife you are talking about. I hope the new knives work out for the better.

  2. Nicole says:

    Interesting. We received a set of Shun knives as a wedding gift and love them. Now that I have ‘real’ knives, I actually enjoy slicing fruits and veggies! After reading this, I zipped out to the kitchen to examine our knives, and they don’t seem to have any chips in the blades – but I’m going to keep an eye on them! We ‘baby’ them by washing as soon as we are done using them and immediately drying them and putting them away. Hope your replacement knives stay chip-free.

  3. Frank Boland says:

    I hope you do better with the second set Chef! If you are looking for a great knife I would suggest Kikuichi. The family has been making knives for hundreds of years. They actually were one of the 5 families that made samurai swords for the Emperor of Japan! I have several of their knives and use them professionally. They hold an edge forever and never let me down.

    • Chef Chuck says:

      Thanks for the recommendation…. I did get a new set of Shun, and unfortunately, had a similar experience. I think that the steel is too brittle and thin. I’ve spoken to many people that actually love the Shun brand, soit may just be a personal preference. I will look into Kikuichi!
      Thanks again for reading!

      Chef Chuck

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