Damaso


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Shun actually no longer offers free lifetime sharpening - even on the products purchased while this service was intact. Since I bought my first shun set with this in mind, I feel a little bit bitter about the brand, in general.

On the other hand, when taken care of, these knives are fantastic.

billthegunowner


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Looks similar to the $80.00 knife set I bought 2 or 3 years ago, except mine came with a lot more knives.

Bill

mandyr


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vineaux wrote:yup, made in china? yes?



Nope. Wusthof knives are still forged in Germany, where the company started.

As far as Shun v. Wusthof (Classic, not Groumet), my opinion on the Shun is "meh". I own a couple of Shuns and a lot of Wusthof Classic knives. I like the shape and feel of the Wusthof handles much better, which is important when you're handling knives that could literally chop your fingers off with ease. I'd stick to Wusthof Classic: same quality, same warranty (free sharpening for life, except postage), less expensive (although by no means "cheap"). To each their own, though!

comma


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bleepbloop wrote:I have a Shun 8 inch chef's knife, it was a lovely gift. I have this knife: Victorinox Chef’s Knife the one recommend by America's Test Kitchen year after year after year...I reach for it more than any other knife. I love it, I could replace it every year for nearly 20 years for the price of these knives. Oh, I also have a block set of Wusthof's ...still reach for the Victorinox the most.


I was going to make almost the exact same comment. I own a wonderful block set of Shuns, as well as the same exact Victorinox knife. I also use the Victorinox more than I use the Shuns. The Shuns are excellent, high-quality knives. I have nothing bad to say about them. However, the Victorinox is also a very nice knife for a fraction of the price. It, and a small utility or tomato knife, will do most everything the average person needs to do in the kitchen.

comma


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Damaso wrote:Shun actually no longer offers free lifetime sharpening...


Yes, they do.

http://shun.kaiusaltd.com/warranty

Ayeffkay


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billthegunowner wrote:Looks similar to the $80.00 knife set I bought 2 or 3 years ago, except mine came with a lot more knives.



I know, right? I once bought a set of 300 plastic butter knives for $6.99. They're just as good as the 500$ ones.

SkwerlKC


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Shun cutlery is the best I've ever used. I saw another user compare Ginsu favorably to Shun, which is really funny. If you cook (and I don't mean out of a box), you will absolutely enjoy these knives. There's a big difference between Shun and Henckels and Wusthof. When friends come over and we cook, I love it when they first use my Shuns. There's often a small gasp when someone first cuts through a vegetable with the chef's knife. You'll be surprised what a difference good cutlery will make in daily cooking. Remember, this isn't a TV- it's a $500 set of tools that will probably last 20 years or more.

SkwerlKC


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billthegunowner wrote:Looks similar to the $80.00 knife set I bought 2 or 3 years ago, except mine came with a lot more knives.



There's no way to evaluate the utility and quality of a knife by looking at a picture. You really need to USE these blades to understand the difference between them and other cutlery. Go to a Sur La Table and try cutting with a Shun. I bet you will be really surprised by the difference between cutting with one of them and commodity cutlery.

evilg


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SkwerlKC wrote:There's no way to evaluate the utility and quality of a knife by looking at a picture. You really need to USE these blades to understand the difference between them and other cutlery. Go to a Sur La Table and try cutting with a Shun. I bet you will be really surprised by the difference between cutting with one of them and commodity cutlery.



My commodity cutlery works well with my commodity cheese!!

malachiarrow


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Just you you guys know, this is the exact same set on amazon but for 65 dollars more and out of stock... Click here!

SDNick484


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Shun does make excellent knives, and this is a decent set as it's for one of their nice lines, but personally I'd recommend against this deal because the types of knives included. For the same price, I'd recommend picking up either a chefs knife or santoku knife (for general purpose), a pairing knife, kitchen shears (OXO makes great ones for cheap), a bread knife, and maybe a boning knife. If you want a great way to store them, grab a magnetic knife strip (looks way cooler than a block). Also, keep in mind that the knives in this set (and Japanese knives in general) tend to be harder than German knives which is good but means they're more brittle (so be sure to use a wooden cutting board).

mrichm


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jjkenobi wrote:Woot is a site I visit to find steals and spend some spare money. I'm just going to give up visiting pretty soon. Between this and the TV's and the Dyson vacuum cleaners I can't afford anything here.



Exactly! A couple months ago they had $4,000-$10,000 watches... Like I'm just randomly going to spend 10k on a watch. What the heck happened to Woot!?

Wooters wooting wootfully wootlessly, woot.

RWoodward


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garyoa1 wrote:If you go thru a few dozen cheaper knives you'll still have only paid a fraction of this price. And you wouldn't have had to sharpen them even once.



You could buy a few dozen used Ford Escorts for the price of a new Ferrari. But in the end, you were driving an Escort.

RWoodward


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rebelclown wrote:It saddens me to see a Woot like this. Alas, the Woot I once knew is gone. Lost in the sea of corporate ingorance. Such great potential wasted. Stated another way. "Who in their right mind do you invision staying up until late night just to see this crap!" You have no clue as to what Woot is or why it gathered such a following. You're running this ship straight into the ground. Get a clue and buy a vowel. Return Woot to its previous glory, or at the very least change the name. To call this Woot is sickening.



Woot was selling Shun knives long before "the corporation" ever got involved.

yayobama


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6% bought 3 sets, for real? Who are these people!? Impressive food industry bigwigs, scary knife collectors or what?

lakerkobe


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yayobama wrote:6% bought 3 sets, for real? Who are these people!? Impressive food industry bigwigs, scary knife collectors or what?



Two wooters already have their 3 sets up on eBay. Pretty much no profit after eBay and Paypal fees and shipping.

badhabit12


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yayobama wrote:6% bought 3 sets, for real? Who are these people!? Impressive food industry bigwigs, scary knife collectors or what?



This is the market Woot is trying to focus on now. Not the .99 Cent store crowd (me). The margins are much higher, that translates into much better profits.

Who buys 3 knife sets? Business owners, High End Real Estate Agents,,,,,,, You get the picture.

Myself, I'm waiting for the plastic knife, fork and spoon picnic sets to come out. 135 sets for $1.99. :-)

SkwerlKC


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SDNick484 wrote:Shun does make excellent knives, and this is a decent set as it's for one of their nice lines, but personally I'd recommend against this deal because the types of knives included. For the same price, I'd recommend picking up either a chefs knife or santoku knife (for general purpose), a pairing knife, kitchen shears (OXO makes great ones for cheap), a bread knife, and maybe a boning knife. If you want a great way to store them, grab a magnetic knife strip (looks way cooler than a block). Also, keep in mind that the knives in this set (and Japanese knives in general) tend to be harder than German knives which is good but means they're more brittle (so be sure to use a wooden cutting board).



Or in the end, if you can only buy ONE good knife, just get a single 8" Shun chef's knife. It's right for the job about 85% of the time. The rest are more specialized.

mjamesk


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All you gotta do is slap a Japanese or Chinese squiggle-letter-thingy on a cheap set of knives and sell it for 5 hundy. New business idea for someone...

dookie1949


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Anybody remember when Woot was for geeks that had 50 bux in their pocket and had to decide between groceries or a really cool gizmo that was an absurd deal?

jcdinkins


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But the real question is...can you cut a shoe with it?

testudoaubreii


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jcdinkins wrote:But the real question is...can you cut a shoe with it?



What kind of shoe are we talking about?

agushgar


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I love the Shun knives, but personally I find the cutco brand a bit better. You're going to find some differences in the blade design, and the handle design - one major difference I see is the use of resonated pakkawood, which I'm not 100% sure what it is, but I would question as to if these knives are dishwasher safe. I think it is a safe assumption that the knives all have a full tang (as opposed to half). The real question here is the warranty and replacement that Shun offers. I know a link was posted above, so I would check the warranty.

To those who say $500 is too much for a set of knives, you must remember that this will most likely be the last set of knives you will ever have to buy. My Cutco set has lasted me far longer than I thought it would, and has certainly been worth the $800 I initially paid for them.

Bobbb


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You'd have to me an imbecile to spend $500 on some dumbass kitchen knives!

testudoaubreii


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agushgar wrote:I love the Shun knives, but personally I find the cutco brand a bit better. You're going to find some differences in the blade design, and the handle design - one major difference I see is the use of resonated pakkawood, which I'm not 100% sure what it is, but I would question as to if these knives are dishwasher safe. I think it is a safe assumption that the knives all have a full tang (as opposed to half). The real question here is the warranty and replacement that Shun offers. I know a link was posted above, so I would check the warranty.

To those who say $500 is too much for a set of knives, you must remember that this will most likely be the last set of knives you will ever have to buy. My Cutco set has lasted me far longer than I thought it would, and has certainly been worth the $800 I initially paid for them.



Since the handles are wood, they aren't really safe in the dishwasher. It's recommended you wash them with a non-citrus dish soap shortly after using them, and then drying them fairly shortly thereafter. Letting them soak in water for prolonged periods does the wood and metal no good at all.

You know, the only knives I've ever cut myself with are Cutco (when I was a kid - don't try to cut a dog bone treat in half) and a Good Cook breadknife (a whole lot frikkin' sharper than I'd expected - barely brushed a knuckle on it one morning and ended up going to a clinic because it wouldn't stop bleeding; got a tetanus booster too just for kicks). That being said, Shuns are pretty darn sharp as well, I've just been treating mine with the proverbial kid gloves since they're not cheap and they're practically surgical.

comma


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Bobbb wrote:You'd have to me an imbecile to spend $500 on some dumbass kitchen knives!


Very insightful comment. Bravo!
How are kitchen knives "dumbass"? Some people really dig knives and appreciate quality knives like these. They aren't cheap, but I know people who have spent way more on a single Japanese knife. Don't begrudge someone their Ferrari just because you choose to drive a Taurus. No one is forcing you to buy these.

sidfirewall


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Stephen Alpern wrote:The Shun knives really are top notch. Also, I believe that you can return the knives to Shun for free (except for postage) professional sharpening. I would be in on this if I didn't already have three Shun knives.



sidfirewall


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sidfirewall wrote:



Shun no longer sharpens knives for free. You have to pay to send them for sharpening to a outside vendor or buy a shun electric sharpener which does not do as good a job as a specialized knife sharpener.

mrln


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sidfirewall wrote:Shun no longer sharpens knives for free.



As someone else already pointed out earlier with a link, the free sharpening is back. Apparently they reversed course last September. Probably heard it (rightfully) from a lot of customers and maybe a lawyer or two.

http://shun.kaiusaltd.com/warranty

thira1


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I have a similiar Shun Edo set and love it. Paid hundreds of dollars more for it!
All our culinary-oriented friends fell in love with our knives despite having other well known top of the line knives. Shun will sharpen the knives free. We have purchased other Shun knives to round out our collection.
Can't imagine not having these knives so, this set goes to another location.
Beautiful to look at and incredibly sharp.

xntrickchef


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You're better off with a set by Cutco. Made in the USA and has a lifetime warranty. I've had my set for over 20 years and it is still going strong.

mdnorman


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There are very, very few people who actually operate at a skill level high enough to call for use of knives of this caliber, and those who do have that level of expertise know that they don't need knives of this caliber to actually perform with a high level of skill.

Edit: I just realized that at this price it comes out less than a hundred bucks per knife. That's not bad. I would consider getting these knives if I didn't already have a full set of German knives.

ibbleschitz


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RWoodward wrote:You could buy a few dozen used Ford Escorts for the price of a new Ferrari. But in the end, you were driving an Escort.



yeah, and the escort doesn't scream Compensation for size either... I've cooked in restaurants for years, used cheap knives to Wustoffs. my block at home has a couple of really cheap knioves I bought at JCPenney in 1988 and Henkels Twins that I bought 20 years ago. 500 bucks for a block of knives that 99% of people will never use enough to warrant that price. I see Shun knives all the time on woot and have never seen a chef I've worked with use them. so to use your anaology, it's like buying a Ferrari and turning it into a taxi. waste of cash.

coxjd


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Are you serious...
If you would even begin to think of a $500 kife set please use them on yourself and check out. Your of no use. Is fat America so bad that people would pay an assinine amount of money for a simple tool that caveman figured out with a rock.

lakerkobe


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Kind of funny how many people give a crap what other people spend their money on. If you want the knives, buy them. If not, don't. Pretty simple.

Bownse


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testudoaubreii wrote:What kind of shoe are we talking about?



Elizabeth?

testudoaubreii


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Bownse wrote:Elizabeth?



That took me way too long. Thus, I'm not sure who I should direct this ಠ_ಠ to.

gutcheck


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For $15 less I got a HP Computer which can't cut a tomato... =(

comma


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coxjd wrote:Are you serious...
If you would even begin to think of a $500 kife set please use them on yourself and check out. Your of no use. Is fat America so bad that people would pay an assinine amount of money for a simple tool that caveman figured out with a rock.


Huh!?! You care so much about what other people spend their OWN MONEY on that they should kill themselves if they buy these? And they are "of no use"? W T F does that even mean? Do YOU decide for everybody what is an "assinine amount of money"?

One of the dumbest comments I've ever seen in over 8 years on woot.

shannonpitts


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I have been using knives daily in a professional
environment for 20 plus years. Have at some point used them all for all applications. Wustoff Tridents are my favorite. Sabatier is a less known brand that is excellent. The Rosewood handles on the Sabatiers feel unreal, even though most health departments frown on wooden handles. Wustoffs's Trident line absolutely best for the buck