Plus one on the decoy idea.
Plus one on the decoy idea.
You didn't mention who gave it, but obviously someone tried very hard to get you a thoughtful gift. They obviously knew you well enough to know that you are a knife aficionado, and spent a significant amount of money ($230 is a lot for most people to spend on a knife) on what they consider a top grade knife. If you get rid of it, and they find out, it may be a bit of a slap in the face. It would be a shame to ruin a friendship or start a family feud over this.
Why all the shun-hating on this forum? Is it this knife in particular, or Shuns in general? Is it just the serrations? Have you tried it out? Why not take it for a spin and see what it can do?
I'd sell and buy something you want. Less of a hassle than grinding out the serrations.
He typically asks me what knife I'd like before buying anything since he knows that I'm very particular about my knives. This one was a surprise--he didn't ask first.
I really don't think he'd get angry or annoyed over it, he'd probably just laugh and roll his eyes and remember to ask what I want next time. In my family, I am notorious for being difficult to buy presents for since I almost never actually "need" anything and almost anything I "want" I end up purchasing myself.
Hold on to it and use it. I keep a serrated Mundial petty/utility with me and it's surprising how many times that knife becomes useful.
Oh, and in my experience with VG-10 Shuns (specifically the Classic line) is that they chip out easily. Several people in my family have one or more, and my first "real" knife was a Shun Classic Santoku (sp?). I still have it and mainly use it as a beater knife. With an edge that is more obtuse than pretty much every other knife I own, they chip out readily even cutting things like lettuce and peppers. I bought my Dad a VG-10 Al Mar chef's knife that holds a better edge, is better ground, uses better materials (cocobolo handle), is better constructed, and is more aesthetically pleasing than an equivalent Shun knife and all for about $10 less.
While I wouldn't call a Shun a "bad" knife, I also wouldn't call it a good value or a knife aficionado's dream knife. With the money that this thing cost (which looks to be around $230-240ish) one could buy a number of fairly interesting knives.
I also have no worries about the gf/in-laws/my own mother using my knives. I've pretty much bought all of them "pretty" looking stainless damascus knives of their own.
Nice knife! I believe this knife got its steel from the Takefu Specialty Steel company, the same company that provides steel for the SG2 ZKramer knives. I think you should keep it.
C'mon man, I highly doubt that.Quote:
they chip out readily even cutting things like lettuce and peppers.
Shuns, especially the newer lines can be overpriced, come in odd designs and are obviously not the greatest brand. I do have a classic 10 inch from when I was in school years ago (a great step up from the school issued Mercer) that did chip when I clumsily broke down a chicken with it, but I fixed it, used it til I moved on to more serious blades and it still sits in the bottom of my drawer and comes out occasionally as a beater or for a friend/employee to use, and it works fine and keeps a decent edge. I would return it for a Shun that you would use sometimes, I dont think that would offend your pops.