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OT: Shun Ken Onion 3pc Knife Set - Amazon Sale

bryansjbryansj Posts: 79
edited 1:12AM in EggHead Forum
Though this is off topic I'm sure someone here might be interested.

Amazon's Gold Box deal of the day is a Shun Ken Onion 3 piece knife set for $199.99.

"Designed by Ken Onion, one of the world's top knife designers, and manufactured in Seki City, Japan, the home of Shun knives, this 3-piece set includes a 3-inch paring knife, 4-inch chef's knife, and 7-inch hollow-ground santoku. The set is made of VG-10 Japanese super steel, known for edge retention, and has a Rockwell hardness rating of 60-61. The VG-10 core has 16 layers of high-carbon stainless steel on each side."

I'm fighting the urge to buy this set since what I really want is an 8 to 10 inch chef's knife instead of the 4 incher.


  • I am sure the quality of these knives is good. Especially for the price.

    I don't know too much about these but I do need some good knives.

    Does anyone have any specific comment about the usefulness of these particular sizes? Are all of these useful?

    Are these actually Shun knives?

  • Yes, they are Shun. Compare here:
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,464
    Wow, That's a great price for the set. I know a fellow who was allowed to use a Ken Onion Santoku for a few meals, and said despite the odd shape, it felt really good in his hand.

    The VG-10 steel is really nice. It will take a very low angle bevel, and hold it well.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,280
    Go for it.
    I have 2 of the 3 and paid more than that.
    Very good knives, first ones to reach for.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 11,344
    Excellent point... it felt really good in HIS hand. I checked out the Ken Onions a while back and they just didn't feel right in MINE. Admittedly, I was in a store and not in my kitchen, but I didn't care for the feel at all. I hear they are nice knives though.

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  • It WAS a great deal- they're sold out. :(
  • deepsouthdeepsouth Posts: 1,796
    the 8" alone cost me $189 last year and i got the 4" this year and paid $89 for it.

    this was a steal. i'd have bought a set had i not missed it.
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