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Initial post: Feb 6, 2009 9:28:23 AM PST
L. Spencer says:
I am in the market for some good knives. I have been reading reviews on shun and global. Does anyone have a comment on these knives??

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 3:53:09 AM PST
D. McGrath says:
My knives are Wusthof Grand Prix Two and they are excellent and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.

But if I was to choose between shun and global, I would personally opt for the Shun. I have read many good reviews on both global and shun but Shun seems to be the stand out.

Posted on Feb 8, 2009 5:57:40 PM PST
You really ought not to buy a good knife through Amazon, because you have to feel how these will feel in YOUR hands. They're both EXCELLENT knives. So are the Wusthof knives that the previous poster mentioned. I use Henckels, and they're also excellent. But there is no one best knife for everyone. How you hold your hands, how strong/big your hands are, and, for me, what I learned to use first all come into play. Once you've bought one of these and like it, you can expand your set based on that experience, I suppose. Being honest, in real life, though I own a boning/filet knife and a slicer, I really only use three knives in the kitchen. My chef's knife -- I prefer 8" but must of my friends and most of the chefs in the restaurant where I used to work prefer 9" or 10" -- my paring knife (also Henckels) and a serrated bread knife. Though I have a decent one, I admit that I'm perfectly happy with a cheap serrated knife, too.

I'm sure you'll be happy with either. But unless you've used a Global and are comfortable with the grip -- the stainless steel can get slick -- I'd stick with a more "normal" grip material. Either way, enjoy. I'm sure you'll cook great things with either one.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2009 12:18:15 PM PST
D. Ahrens says:
That is a good review. Also "America's Test Kitchen" review lots of products after testing them. They do not use advertisement due to the fact that they are for consumers only and not for the people who sell the product so you know that it is true blue. A great show and on-line resource.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 7:33:18 PM PST
Holly Guber says:
I am a chef and I use Global knives exclusively. I love the balance, weight and handgrip. I have not used shun. But remember, knives are like shoes and what fits me may not fit you. If you do opt for Global, buy at Bed and Bath...they have a great selection and you can use a 20% off coupon, unlike many other brands of knives.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 7:06:34 PM PST
I have the Chikara series fully forged knife set with bamboo block. Had Henckels and Wusthoff before, too damned expensive, these are equally as good.

Posted on Feb 14, 2009 9:53:57 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
My favorite knife is an American-made carbon steel Case brand 8-inch chef's knife made about forty years ago, and reasonably priced at the time. It is light, perfectly formed, easily steeled and holds a keen edge. American craftsmen profitably made truly great tools in ages past. American politicians put a stop to that.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2009 7:38:40 PM PST
I bought Cutco knives when my daughter was in college....yes, she was selling them to make extra money. I used them and at that time wasn't really into knives. I never sharpened them.....she is now 40. I went to the state fair in NY and they had a booth. Their rep came to my house to "sharpen" the knives....sent them back to the company and guess what???? Their lifetime warranty is actually good!! They replaced 2 knives because they couldn't be effectively sharpened....brand new!! So I obviously ordered more and I can say I am VERY satisfied with both the service and the company. I would never hesitate to recommend CUTCO!

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 1:36:47 PM PDT
J. Betts says:
Clearline Cutlery is a great line of knives. Clearline Cutlery Carving Set- In Gift Box

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2010 1:26:19 AM PDT
hlew says:
I was kind of a knife snob and I shocked myself when I purchased Cutco, to help a friends daughter. Yes, they are quite nice and good to hear that the lifetime warranty is good. The handles have a nice feel to them and the varieties offered are good.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 3:46:26 AM PDT
DC13 says:
Rada Knives are the best I've ever used! My largest butcher knife was used by my brother about 15 years ( and they weren't new then...) ago to cut through a steak bone...and it's still good as new! Get the little Rada sharpener that goes with them and you'll wonder how you ever lived without them!

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 7:58:09 AM PDT
wilya says:
You really should hand test the knives to see what feels best in your hand, picking the right knife is a personal thing. Some great knives I tested just didn't feel right once I held them while other people may rave about them, and same goes for the ones I've chosen. That being said shun offers a free lifetime sharpening warranty, you just have to ship it to them. Shun edge should last longer, but global I've been told it sharper but will lose its edge quicker and you will need to find the right place to sharpen them for you as the edge is at a smaller angle then the mainstream. Each of my knives are different based on the feel, shape and design I prefer which has ended up being a different brand for each type of blade in my case.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 1:19:12 PM PDT
R. Lundregan says:
One thing to keep in mind about Japanese knives, many of them are only sharpened on one side of the blade. This results in a very sharp blade, but it seems somewhat less effective in the hands of a lefty. Other than this, both Global and Shun are amazing, as is Wusthof. I had a set of Globals (now owned by my ex-wife)--I initially was skeptical about the handles, but they are very ergonomic! It is possible to buy a left-handed Shun, if that is what you want to do. I agree with the other posters, you really need to test-drive a few different lines before you buy.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2010 3:03:56 PM PDT
I believe the best knives you can buy for the money are the Forschner made in Switzerland. Made of victorinox stainless. I have all the other high dollar knives others make and dont use them. I always come back to the Forschner about 35.00 six years ago. This knife was chosen #1 buy chefs all over the place published in Cooks magazine a few years back!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2010 10:31:26 AM PDT
Carrie O. says:
I agree Terry. I asked a similar question in the cooking forum and was told that the Forschner knives were excellent. I got the 8" chef's knife a few weeks ago and I couldn't be happier with the purchase. The fibrox handle is fabulous. Helps me keep a good grip, even with wet hands.

Actually, I was so pleased that I ordered a paring knife set by Forschner. The package arrived yesterday and I'll see how well they work!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2010 12:36:34 PM PDT
I went to a online seller of these knives the other day and it looks like they have really stepped up their knife handles and overall selection. I have my eye on a couple new ones. goodbye. terry!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 1:20:53 PM PDT
Chickadee says:
If you want to buy knives on amazon go to Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma (or anywhere else that sells them and will let you play with them) and hold the knives first. I'm a chef and personally I use a combination of knives, I mainly use my Global knives but I do own a full set of Wusthof that I've had since culinary school and still use. I like the handles on Global better just because I have small hands and I can get a good grip but they do bite into your hand if you choke up on the blade like I do, so it's something to get used to and be aware of.

Posted on May 1, 2010 12:58:01 PM PDT
bobgnar says:
I have made several trips to China. I have a Chinese "chef's knife' a light weight cleaver style that cuts like a razor. I paid the equiv. US $3.50. Here on ebay it goes for 37 + shipping if sold. It stays sharp for a good while and lately (this year) the price is up to about $5 (in RMB). I do not doubt the Swiss quality but I would not recommend Wal-Mart for Chinese quality. Size of money also counts.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2010 2:05:05 PM PDT
T. Janke says:
I would seriously try ($4.95 at Grocery Outlet) the Farberware Santoku with the Westhof 2-Stage Knife Sharpener. Forschner/Voctorinox makes an excellent Santoku, as well as a superior 3-1/4" paring knife.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2010 10:35:36 AM PDT
I just purchased two of these Forschner knives thru Amazon, one an 8" breaking knife that cuts thru meat like butter and a boning knife both with Fibrox handles I buy sirloin in the big chunks and cut my own steaks, roasts and hamburger. If I need any more knives this is the brand I will get.
Shipping was prepaid and very prompt.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2010 10:39:49 AM PDT
slw says:
L: I have a Ken Onion designed Shun Santoku. I love it. It is the best knife I have ever owned. It was also very expensive and I think it's not necessary to go that high in price.

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 9:14:11 AM PDT
Mike Lane says:
Shun and Global are okay for mid-range knives. They're both mass produced and neither will hold an edge for that long. If you're looking for outstanding, hand made knives, check out the site knifewear dot com. I recently bought a Masakage Kumo 210mm wa-Guyto. That's a bit pricey but there are other, cheaper knives on that site (and others) that are far superior to both Global and Shun. If you're looking for a new knife, I recommend at least looking around at other sites. Check out chefknivestogo dot com and japanesechefsknife dot com.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 3:26:22 AM PDT
G-Money says:
Kershaw will sharpen any of it's knives for free. I own Shun (more than 20), Kershaw Speed Safe Pocket models, (again more than 20), and Zero Tolerance duty knives. Shuns are VG10 steel. Blur's are SV 30, CPM154, some are edged in ATS34. All are fantastic steels. Call Kershaw. They are friendly; back their product (have sent me spare parts) and are based here in beautiful Oregon. I have no commercial affiliation - I just recognize the real deal when I see it. Use one Shun knife to slice something challenging. All your questions will be answered. Good luck, and bon appetite! ( that's what it's all about really......) GW

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2010 10:14:47 AM PDT
slw says:
I LOVE my Ken Onion Shun knife. Best knife I have ever owned, however, it cost me a pretty penny and since reading these forums, I may have been happy with some of the other suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 9:02:46 PM PST
Papa says:
To me, Cutco is too darn expensive even if they sharpen them one a month. Chicago Cutlery makes some very good knives at a reasonable price. You could replace a knife two or three times before paying more than one Cutco.
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