View Full Version : zhen fruit carving knife

06-11-2012, 05:25 PM
Several months ago Crothcipt sent me a new 90mm zhen fruit carving knife http://www.chefknifedirect.com/Zhen-Japanese-Fruit-Carving-Knife/dp/B004RJ3IVS if I promised to do a review. It replaced a Shun sheep's foot paring knife that was used only for deveining shrimp and that's all I use the zhen for.

This is a tiny VG-10 knife with a extremely thin spine and rubber handle. HRC is 60-62.

I've used the zhen on several pounds of shrimp and while the Shun is a far superior parer overall, this little thing is perfect for deviening. More nimble than the Shun, the sharply tapered blade makes it easier to take out the vein. It takes a sharp edge which should last quite a while since it's never coming in contact with a cutting board.

Quick review for a simple knife. Thanks Crothcipt!

Eamon Burke
06-11-2012, 06:09 PM
So it's a shard of VG10 on a handle? Not a bad idea.

06-11-2012, 06:22 PM
Glad you like it. Sounds like it came in handy. I knew I would never use it, and he asked.

I see the website is selling them for 14$. Wow that seems expensive exp since I got it for free.


This is the pic I took before I sent it off.:thumbsup:

06-11-2012, 06:36 PM
Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a bargain for a nice pointy little shard of hard vg-10 with a simple over-molded plastic handle. I really like the blade shape, and over the years of use, sharpening and thinning, my Shun classic parer is looking more and more like that (which I like better than the original shape).

How does the handle feel? is it long enough?

06-11-2012, 06:44 PM
It had a nice feel. It was just to small for my hands. Kinda a plastic coated with rubber. It was made to be in water all the time.

06-26-2012, 08:51 AM
I own the slightly longer 5" and shorter 3.5" version of this knife. It's my go-to cheap knife when I want to vandyke a lemon. Light, flexible, sharp, and cheap.

El Pescador
06-26-2012, 09:19 AM
$16? Count me in. Amazon can be a beautiful thing....

06-26-2012, 01:13 PM
$16? Count me in. Amazon can be a beautiful thing....

For VG-10 and that wicked profile?
Yep, ridiculous bargain.

And hey, if that cheesey handle were to ever come/break off... ?

A guy could always go to the nearest state prison yard, toss the business end of it into the compound, and film the ensuing stampede for light entertainment.

07-07-2012, 12:56 AM
$16? Count me in. Amazon can be a beautiful thing....

And then?