A new toy: Shun Santoku Knife

I have a lot of knives. From no-name knives I’ve had forever to Henkels and Global knives, mine run the gamut from inexpensive to premium. But I think it’s safe to say that I like my newest knife, a 6 1/2 inch Shun Santoku, the best. I love everything about it, from the look, to the feel, to the impossibly sharp blade.

Knives are a vital part of the kitchen and, unfortunately, too many people “make do” with sub-par knives. If you think about how much you need knives in cooking, it only makes sense to get one that performs well and will last a long time. Of course, you should always choose a knife based on its size, and how comfortable it feels in your hand, not just based on someone’s recommendation (though I highly recommend a knife like this one or another high quality knife). By the way, Williams-Sonoma is a great place to check out knives because, unlike some retailers, they will let you test out all the knives in-store. They wil actually bring out a cutting board with a few things (potatoes, onions, etc), for you to chop up to get a feel for the knife.

In other news, posting will be a little bit slow over the next several days because I’m going to be going to the BlogHer conference this weekend. Anyone else going?


  1. I love my Shun Elite too!

    I think Kalyn and ELise are going to be there at the Blogher conference. Oh, and maybe Megnut too. Have fun!


  2. Janet (fondofsnape@gmail.com)

    I wish I was; some of my favorite bloggers (you, zoot, grace, megan) will be there!

  3. I won’t but my friend danielle(foodmomiac) will be.

    have fun.

  4. I did not know Williams-Sonoma did that. Thank you for the tip. More retailers should take a lesson from W-S, especially the high end ones.

  5. Beautiful knife!
    We don’t have W&S in Canada, so I had to pick my latest knife purchase based on just feel. Turns out it was a great choice for me but it sure would have been nice to chop up a few things to be sure!

  6. I never knew W&S did that, but I should have know. When I bought my last knife there the clerk was so helpful I never thought to actually have a test drive.

    Did you get the sharpening stone? I’m looking to buy one of those for a Japanese knife I’ve acquired.

    Happy conferencing.

  7. hi nic, what a beautiful, beautiful knife! i’ll probably get stoned for saying this, but the japanese really do make the best knifes

  8. Hi Nic, i have been reading a lot about those knives recently – Neil Perry recommends them. I wish there was a WS store in the UK.Shame!

  9. I’m soooooooooooo jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good for you!!!

  10. i love snatoku’s. i have heard alot about the shun. glad to see you love it!! i want one now

  11. Thank you for the tip on W-S I love the entire feel of that store. How’dja like that handle on this one? Seems like it would feel very nice in hand with no sharp edges.

  12. It was really great! thanks for sharing this great information.

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