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Old 12-08-2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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Christmas Knife - need suggestion

Hey everyone!

So Christmas and my birthday (the day after) are coming up soon, and my parents are wondering what to get me

I figure I should ask for a really good knife.

For about a year, ive been using a four-star henckels 8" chef's knife, and its good, but it's not great... I kinda want something special/unique and something that will last me a long time.

I guess I'm torn between Shun and Global... the 7" vegetable knife from Global looked really nice and I dont really know where to go with Shun. Any suggestions?

Happy Holidays!

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Old 12-09-2007, 12:14 AM   #2
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I have use a 7 inch all my pro life. Thats what I would go with
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:33 AM   #3
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If you're just considering Shun and Global only, I'd go with the Shun.

However, might I suggest looking into ceramic knives? Once you go with one, you're never gonna wanna go back.
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:44 AM   #4
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I like both of those.
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Old 12-09-2007, 03:38 AM   #5
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Being totally superstitious here, but if you do get a knife as a present, please give the giver a coin in exchange!!!
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Old 12-09-2007, 03:57 PM   #6
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Being totally superstitious here, but if you do get a knife as a present, please give the giver a coin in exchange!!!
Never heard that one before.... I may owe my dad a few coins....
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Old 12-10-2007, 03:03 AM   #7
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I try to ignore my upbringing but there are just somethings that are too well ingrained!! It applies to blades of any sort on the basis that a gift of a blade will sever the relationship without the exchange of money to preclude this happening.

For me it goes in the same bag as knocking on wood, putting a coin in a purse (as a present) or saying "wish you well to wear it" when giving clothes. I do however own two black cats!!!
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Old 12-18-2007, 04:25 PM   #8
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Actually, Nathan, I got them from you, just didn't make a big deal about it.
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:56 PM   #9
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I try to ignore my upbringing ...
Now you got me interested in your upbringing that is. Tell me all about. because that is exactly how I was brought up. You can PM me if you wish.
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Old 12-19-2007, 10:28 AM   #10
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Actually, Nathan, I got them from you, just didn't make a big deal about it.
Anyone who ever rides in my car could probably steal five or six dollars in change without me ever knowing.
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:45 AM   #11
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I'd ask for a Shun. A Hattori HD would be nice if they could find one. Shuns are about my favorite commercially available knives. Their Classic line is great, but if they're willing to spend $200 you could get an Elite. That's about as good as a home cook would ever need, IMO.

For German, traditional type knives I'm a fan of Messermeister. Their Meridian Elite line is superb. Wustof & Henckles make some good knives, too, but they have so many lines that you really have to shop carefully to be sure you get the one you want.

I advise making sure to get a bolsterless knife. Shuns, Messermeisters, most Globals, the Wustof LCB's, and virtually all Japanese knives are made without bolsters. Henckels makes some bolsterless knives, like my 7" santoku.
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:31 PM   #12
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Anybody know where the superstition about not giving a knife as a gift comes from? I heard it when I tried to give my Teacher who is Russian a gift, but don't know if it's from Russia originally. He said 'if you give someone a knife as a gift, it means you're going to stab them in the back eventually.' So, he gave me a dollar. Maybe it comes from ancient Rome, and there's some reference to Brutus stabbing Ceasar in the back with it?

As for me, I sell knives for a living, so I can't afford to believe it!!!!
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