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    zhen fruit carving knife

    Several months ago Crothcipt sent me a new 90mm zhen fruit carving knife http://www.chefknifedirect.com/Zhen-.../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!
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    So it's a shard of VG10 on a handle? Not a bad idea.

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    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.

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    Cool!
    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    $16? Count me in. Amazon can be a beautiful thing....

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Pescador View Post
    $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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Pescador View Post
    $16? Count me in. Amazon can be a beautiful thing....
    And then?
    -Enjoy the ride. *** All statements made herein are my personal opinion and nothing more, regardless of tone or context. ***

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