Originally Posted by Mr_Dove
I made the same decision recently. Part of my decision was based on the kind of steel used. My logic may be flawed but it worked for me and Im happy with the results.
The Santoku is a japanese blade. It was designed in japan and has been made in japan for many years (with japanese steel). The Shun knives are made in Japan by a japanese company.
The Wustoff knives are made in Germany (I think) by a german company with german steel.
That wasn't what I wanted so I went with the company with more experience making a Japanese blade and I'm VERY happy with the results.
No matter the quality of the Wustoff knife, its still a german company playing at making a japanese knife.
i love my knife. it's just what i wanted. where it was made doesn't matter to me. that's just a technicality. if you're skilled at designing knives, then where you come from isn't going to affect the product that you put on the market. if a product is of high quality, that's what matters to me.
i was thinking about a shun, but i held them and looked them over and they just weren't what i was looking for.
like i said, the wusthof was just right for me. and they've made a customer for life.