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Santoku knives - Shun or Mac

jj5154 | | Dec 21, 2011 07:25 PM

Over the past year I have been doing lots of reading on these message boards to outfit my kitchen with some basic, quality items. I'm the type that likes to buy nice, quality things, but buy them once and have them forever. Much thanks to all of you that have provided all the useful information. I'm starting to acquire some nice stuff. =)

I'm in the process of purchasing a new knife. With my research I had settled on the MAC Professional Santoku (6.5") as the knife I would get once I found a good deal on it. It seemed like a solid knife, not crazy expensive, with good reviews to back it up. I think the Shun's were out of my price range, so did not give them too much consideration. As I've been browsing the on-line sites recently, trying to take advantage of the holiday season deals, I have happened upon the Shun Premier Santoku (7") on sale for $99.95 (free shipping), which seems like a really good deal to me. The MAC Pro is currently selling for $109.95.

Since I had already made up my mind long ago on the MAC, I'm not quite prepared to re-evaluate the benefits of the Shun over the Mac. Is the Shun premier santoku a better knife? It's awfully pretty and flashy (which I both like and dislike), and it seems like a better deal. Does it live up to the WS and SLT mass-market hype? For the price, is it the obvious choice?

So my question is there a difference in quality between the Shun Premier and the Mac Professional santokus? At $99.95, the Shun is very tempting, but are there other things to consider that says the Mac is the one to get? (durability, ease of sharpening, etc). I know handle is a key factor, I tried the Shun Classic at WS and liked it. Didn't try the Premier line since it was out of my price range at the time. I'm actually a little worried that the Shun is a bit of overkill for me, but maybe it just looks like it is overkill for me.

I'm at the point where I feel like I am over-analyzing my knife purchase so could use some external thoughts to sway me one way or the other. Thanks!

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