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Shun knives - A set or buy separately?

Posted by labeille (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 25, 06 at 15:32

Those who have the [Kershaw] Shun knives: Do you recommend buying a set or buying separately? You know, it seems easiest to buy a set, but I have never used a boning knife in my life. Heavens, I am too old to learn how to cut up a whole chicken. Sooo...what are your favorite and most often utilized Shun knives? And, who do you think has the best pricing on Shun sets or individual pieces? Thank you!!

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RE: Shun knives - A set or buy separately?

I don't have Shun knives, but I think I would choose a set of what's considered the basics. If you have not had great knives before, you may find that cutting things up is such a pleasure with a good knife that you'll want to cut up a chicken after all.


RE: Shun knives - A set or buy separately?

I have always heard that it's best to buy seperately. You might save some money buying a set, but rarely do they have exactly what you would want, in which case you end up spending money on things you don't want.

And for the record, I have never used my boning knife on a chicken. I have used it one lots of pineapples though! It's great for cutting the outer part off, because it follows the curve easily. :)

RE: Shun knives - A set or buy separately?

I see the "don't buy a set" recommendation for cookware, too, but I'm not sure that I buy into it as a blanket recommendation. It really depends on the set. I've purchased cookware sets several times and received a knive set once. I can't think of any pieces of either that I wouldn't use regularly. Well, maybe there is one: a small stainless steel fry pan which I used sometimes but not often because if I had something small to fry, it was usually better just to use a non-stick pan (I've got four kids, so if I was searing something, it usually needed on of my bigger pans).

I would suggest looking at the knife set to see what it comes with. A common set comes with only 3 or 4 of the most used knives in (almost) anyone's kitchen (usually some mix of chef's 10", chef's 8", boning, paring, bread, straight 8"). I think you'd be safe with something like that.


RE: Shun knives - A set or buy separately?

I agree with cike. I also see the "don't buy a set" recommendation for both knives and cookware and I think sets can be a great deal for both knives and cookware, especially if you're starting from scratch.

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