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    Shun or Calphalon Katana Santoku?

    looking for a recommendations on which knife to choose

    the shun non-hollow ground 7.5 " santoku
    http://www.amazon.com/Shun-DM0702-C...

    or the

    calphalon katana 7" hollow ground santoku
    http://www.cheftalk.com/products/ca...

    thanks!

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    Welcome!
    Most people would recommend getting a gyuto. I have a misono ux10 santoku I like. The hattori Hd santoku would be my recommendation in your price range if you are wanting a santoku over a gyuto.

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    Welcome Jon.

    If I had to choose between those two i would choose the shun, only because I have used other shun knives in the past and been happy with them. I dont know anything about the Calphalon.

    Some other options you might want to consider would be the mac superior, less costly and a little better steel.

    Do you mind if I ask why you narrowed down your search to those two knives?

    If you are dead set on those two, I believe Bed Bath and Beyond carries both and you could go test them and see which one feels better in your hand.

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    thanks for the replies so far

    i am looking at these two knives because i would like to try a santoku in place of my chefs knife, i like damascus,

    the calphalon i can get for $80 cad at bbb. I am watching an auction for the shen which might be $100. I want to spend under $120 at most.

    also wondering how important the hollow ground is, read it makes no difference

    thanks

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    that mac knife looks nice, would be be noticeable a better performer than these other two?

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    Hiromoto AS 190mm: $114 with JCK and $109.85 with CKTG.

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    I remember someone posting about a really awwsone, cheap santoku a few months back. It was a basic kurouchi finish w/ wa handle, very thin... I think it was like <$50. Ring a bell for anyone?

    As for the OP, I have used both and the shun is in a different league in terms of quality. The cala katana knives are designed to look cool in a BB&B display case, but are kinda crapy. I believe the "damascus" is just pattern etched mono-layer cladding designed to look like folded damascus. The handle material is cheap and just glued in place and Ive seen it warp and come loose from the metal.
    I used to think that they looked cool too, until I met someone with a few. Dont wast your money.

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    Get the Shun. Those two knives aren't even comparable.

    also wondering how important the hollow ground is, read it makes no difference
    I doubt the Calphalon is truely "hollow ground" like a straight razor, and rather they're just using that term to mean it has scalloping on the blade. If so, it doesn't make a smack of a difference at all. It's like putting a pink cardboard spoiler on your AMC Eagle and calling it a selling point. Meaningless marketing voodoo.

    Edit - And for the record, this is Damascus:



    The sloppy chicken-scratched nonsense with the Shun and the Calphalon is just more meaningless marketing voodoo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin0505 View Post
    I remember someone posting about a really awwsone, cheap santoku a few months back. It was a basic kurouchi finish w/ wa handle, very thin... I think it was like <$50. Ring a bell for anyone?

    As for the OP, I have used both and the shun is in a different league in terms of quality. The cala katana knives are designed to look cool in a BB&B display case, but are kinda crapy. I believe the "damascus" is just pattern etched mono-layer cladding designed to look like folded damascus. The handle material is cheap and just glued in place and Ive seen it warp and come loose from the metal.
    I used to think that they looked cool too, until I met someone with a few. Dont wast your money.
    Are you thinking of this? http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/...ata-bocho.html
    That's what I would get.

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    I have the Zakuri and its a bit too small to be a santoku. Its more of a snub nosed, tall petty. Its a great knife for utility work but not to replace a chefs knife.

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