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Amateur home cook seeking guidance on new knife

topaz921 | Nov 2, 201107:15 PM

Hi there,
I have been reading many forums on knives and looking to get a good all-around knife for home use. I am not an experienced chef or anything, just want too have a good quality tool.

I currently use a Henckels 8" utility knife and a paring knife as my main knives. I have a chef knife but rarely use it due to the size and weight. I am looking for a 7" Santoku knife and set up these parameters:
1. I'm left-handed so no right-handed knives
2. Want to spend about $100-150 max
3. It must be available locally for me to demo first

I have been to Williams Sonoma and Sur la Table and tried a few with these observations:
Global looks nice but not sure if I would get used to the feel of it
Shun Classic is nice but would need the left-handed version and felt a little heavy
Wusthof Ikon feels good too
I tried 2 Miyabis and they felt ok but not as good as the others

Based on aesthetics I like the Wusthof Ikon or Shun Classic. From what I've read, many say Wusthof and Henckels are not as good a bang for the buck as other brands, And the Shun Premier is now on sale for $100 which seems like a steal but I like its aesthetics the least.

There is also a Shun Kaji made exclusively for Williams Sonoma which I did not try. Does anyone have feedback on it? I could not find much info on it. I also read some complaints about the Shuun Premier quality, not sure if that is a common problem.

So do you have any other recommendations or suggestions?

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