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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
So a little while back i bought a 10" Shun classic chef's for work. I picked it because of all the knives i could actually get my hands on it felt the most comfortable in terms of handle, weight distribution etc. I love using the knife but it has disappointed in terms of durabilty. Im looking for a knife with a similar feel but more robust build. Not an expert on knives by any means but i know some here are. Any suggestions? Budget is about $200, any suggestions?
post #2 of 18
What do you mean by durability in this case? Is it about edge retention, the need of more or less frequent sharpening?
post #3 of 18
I would check out the wustof ikon classic series check the handles are different from the classic wustof its more rounded and feels alot like the shun, I have a few shuns and I really like my wustof. The blade and edge are alot more durable then I have found the shuns to be. I love my shuns but they can't stand up to the day to day abuse that a chefs knife can. The price is about $200
post #4 of 18
I wouldn't go German, unless you really need the fat belly and high tip. Their steel is soft and contains large carbides.

The Shuns do look very well, but they don't treat their steel as they should.

A few great stainless performers within your budget:

JCK Kagayaki VG-10
Hiromoto G3

Above your budget but with a much better F&F
Hattori FH
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
what i mean by durability is that i use this knife every day and although i am very careful in how i use and maintain it it already has developed a couple of dings and dents, which i think.will eeventually chip off, there have also been some edge retention issues. Seems the amount of prep i do dulls it a lot faster should. I dont want s german.profile, i prefer japanese or french. Tthwnk you for the recommendations, will definitely check them out.
post #6 of 18

Give Jon Broida at Japanese Knife Importers a call on Monday. He'll take the time to learn what is best for you. Jon doesn't upsell -he's talked me out of more knives I thought I needed, than knives I actually bought. If he doesn't have what you need, he'll direct you to another merchant.


FWIW, he's a former chef and sells to a lot of people in the restaurant business.

post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 

Emailed briefly with Jon and out of the knives he recommended the most appealing to me are the Uraku and Gonbeu hammered damascus. I have read a lot on the Uraku but almost nothing on the Gonbei. I do need somewhat of a workhorse gyuto as I cover a couple of stations with different prep needed for all, covering everything from brunoise of mirepoix to carving salumi. Hoping to have time to call Jon this week but Im on for 8 days straight...

post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 

Looks like my Shun knew it was about to be replaced and in a fit left me with a last "F U!" I took it out of my roll today to discover a chip, wasn't there last night after I got home so it must have happened in my roll on the way to work. Bummer.

post #9 of 18

some of this can be fixed through sharpening... you can adjust the edge to be more durable if you want.

post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
thanks Jon, im not very proficient with a stone yet so this might be a good learning experience. I had read thst shuns were probe to chipping but i akso assumed that was due to the alloy is it just the way theyre profiled?
post #11 of 18
I think it has to do with the way they treat the steel - with some other VG-10 knives you won't experience the same. Their geometry is not exceptional, but you may strengthen the edge somewhat to compensate for the steel and make the edge less fragile.
post #12 of 18

yeah... quite a bit can be adjusted in sharpening... even if the steel and/or HT isnt perfect for what you want.

post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by JBroida View Post

yeah... quite a bit can be adjusted in sharpening... even if the steel and/or HT isnt perfect for what you want.

So what youre saying is I shouldn't give you my money?! ;)

post #14 of 18

lol... maybe.  I'm all about practical solutions.

post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

A pragmatist is a man after my own heart. Ultimately, I am a bit disappointed with Shun. The knife does not hold an edge, it has already chipped and the ergonomics, particularly the sharp edges on the spine. Also, the more I use it the more German than Japanese it feels in terms pf performance. Granted, these are all problems that may be fixed taking it to a sharpener. However, I feel I paid good money, money I work hard to earn, for this knife to already be chipping and losing edge. I feel there are more options out there that would offer better value in quality. Jon, could you please pm me with what you have in stock for the Uraku and the Gonbei?

post #16 of 18

There are many good options for you on a wide price range.

The Uraku is a good one, as is the Masamoto's and Misono's (both carbon and stainless). If you are open to carbon check the Misono Swedish and the Masamoto HC.

As you like french profile, check the Richmond Ultimatum. This is American, Japanese construction and Sabatier profile. There are some steel opitions for both carbon and stainless. I have the 52100 (Carbon) and I love it. Still doesn´t beat my Konosukes but still amazing and more robust. some minor asthetically issues but nothing one can´t really cope with.




post #17 of 18



A good all round Japanese knife that is touted a lot and see a few of too Are the Tojiro

They have the r Gold 10 inner core and outer wraps. also do Damascus. metal handles (I don't like) and single layer steel too.

VERY good pricing.


I have a couple (almost) and have a few mates with them.   Nobody with any complaints apart from the usual  "Shit.. That's sharp".

They do the "classic" handles ( Mine) and metal, plus others in different grades of blade and handle.

Another one I like is MAC too. But I don't know how they would stand up to commercial   Tojiro do.

post #18 of 18
Shuns heat treatment is problematic at best....leading to excessive chipping and general edge failure. It also comes down to technique, boards, etc....

High durability? Mac Pro in stainless...masamoto HC in carbon..... Those are real world pro workhorses..... If you're chipping's technique or down right abuse. Tojiro DP is another...

J Broida's service and knives are solid....listen to what he says...I have one of his carbon wa-gyutos and I still feel it's better than some of my knives costing 2x as much.
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