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How Should we Evaluate a Shun dual core Santoku?

drrayeye | Aug 11, 202105:18 PM     140

My collaborator/partner just got one for his birthday:

https://www.amazon.com/Shun-VG0021-Sa...

I have quite a few patterned steel knives often called “damascus” that are somewhat different from each other and from a dual core. If we accept the definition of Walter Sorrells:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISSGL...

only the Shun dual core is fully “damascus” in that the entire blade is made up of two different steels—layered, fused, and folded. The patterned steel knives that I have may use some sort of damascus process to provide a bimetal cover laminated to a harder steel core on both sides.

Here’s a pretty good informal description of some of the possibilities by Nico Nicolaides, a young American bladesmith/designer (begin at about 5:30):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJaEX...

Here’s the kind of knife Nicolaides has made:

https://www.nicolaidesknives.com/

So far, I’ve thought of comparing the Shun dual core with two sg-2 damascus knives—my Shun Kaji 7” hollow ground santoku and my Miyabi 8” birchwood Chef’s knife.

Any suggestions?

Ray

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