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.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.