Looking for a hard to find chef knife

Trapper

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#1
I saw this knife several years ago. I should have bought it but didn't. Now I would like to have it but can't find it as its discontinued.

If anyone here knows where I can buy one, preferably new, but I would consider one used, for less than $300, let me know.

Shun DM0517 Ken Onion 7" Damascus Santoku Knife

I really like the bolster on this knife.

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Trapper

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#4
Good knife, but not inexpensive by any means. You're paying extra for the name, however, he is a knife maker of renown.
Perhaps have a look see here. I buy from them frequently and have never been disappointed.
https://www.japanny.com/
That's a great site for chef knives! I could spend a few days on it. Thanks.

I know Ken Onion did great things with Kershaw. What I really like about that Shun is the way he did the bolster because I choke up on knives and that one is perfect for that. I have one of his rain series. Its great for vegetables that tend to stick to the blade like onions or potatoes.

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Trapper

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#6
I've never thought highly of the Shun quality and I think Ken Onion is weird for weird's sake.

A knife that looks to be nearly a direct rip-off of the knife you are looking for hit my MassDrop feed today. It's available from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VC5AV3...t=&hvlocphy=9033394&hvtargid=pla-350429331065
I thought Curtis stone did cookware. I didn't know he had a knife line. Thanks.

I like various knife makers in Japan. I've got Henkel and other German knives but prefer the balance and thin blades of Japan.

I sharpen my own knives and found the Shuns easy to keep tuned with just a few swipes of a steel.

What do you like?
 

dld

Active Member
#7
I thought Curtis stone did cookware. I didn't know he had a knife line. Thanks.

I like various knife makers in Japan. I've got Henkel and other German knives but prefer the balance and thin blades of Japan.

I sharpen my own knives and found the Shuns easy to keep tuned with just a few swipes of a steel.

What do you like?
I guess I should restate that: I think Shun's are too expensive for the quality and steel they use. They were different when they first came out, but with so many options in the clad-pseudo-damascus, I've developed a distaste.

I currently have Messermeister and Viking Professional knives. German style, heavy.

If I were buying new cooking knives now, I'd be looking very hard at Al Mar. I carry an Al Mar Eagle Ultralight, it has been my favorite knife for the last three years.

BTW, I did some more looking into that Curtis Stone knife. It appears to be made in Japan by Yaxall. It seems that they are a very legit producer.
 

dld

Active Member
#14
What are those knives made of? They look like pattern welded steel, just wondering if they are stainless or high carbon steels.
The shuns, like a lot of modern knives, use a clad steel construction. The cutting edge is the core steel and is VG-MAX, a variant of VG-10, which is a high-carbon stainless steel. The layers on the outside are also stainless.
 

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