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Shun knife
Traveling from the east coast to the west coast on a regular basis not just implies that you’ve got a pretty long commute, but also results in usually being on the wrong side for the fun events all the time… So coming back to the bay area for an extended time (granted a week is not usually considered extended but for me it is) required some serious indemnification cooking from my side to keep the crowd pleased…

So, make a list, check it twice, head out to the ferry building, fresh produce, great meat, wonderful bread - sorry no Ciao Bella today (still had some phenomenal dolcé from e-creamery, see below) and why not buy some little kichen utensils? You know, they can be considered gadgets…

I was entertaining the thought of having my Wüsthoff go head to head in ‘THE BATTLE OF THE BLADES’ with a japanese knife for a while now, but never got around buying one, so today was the day: Shun Pro Deba, VG10 Stainless steel, Pekka wood grip was the weapon of choice. And what a weapon it is…

German precision vs. Japanese tradition - let’s go to the leaderboard:

Looks: as much as I love my Wüsthoffs, sorry but you just can’t compete against a centuries old tradition…
Weight/feel: much closer score. The Wüsthoff has more of a ‘molded’ grip, so it feels better - or it feels like you have more control - so with a very slight margin, precision prevails…
Sharpness: Tie. The Wüsthoffs were just sharpened by a master, so they are crisp… but no matter what I put them through: slightly soft Tomatoes, Cucumber and Ginger julienne, classic brunoise, deboning Lamb, Sage chiffonade, paper thin Yellowfin, they both performed flawlessly.
Care: Yes I know, I shouldn’t, but I do throw my knives into the dishwasher, but if I’d plan doing that with my Shun, I was told to rather give money to charity than to buy this knife, as it won’t make me happy. So precision outscores tradition again…

Overall result: I feel a little bit like a samurai with the Shun and an engineer with the Wüsthoff, so depending on how you feel like, get either one. Oh - and get a box of water resistant Band Aids as well…

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