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cult score7.2

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$130
Amazon
Shun

Kanso 8" Chef's Knife

I have bought 3 of these: 1 for myself and 1 for each of my siblings. Pretty, comfortable, solid steel, easy to sharpen. Nothing game-changing, but well worth the price.

The first time I saw this knife, I was enamored with its utilitarian minimalism. The long, slender blade shape combined with the sand-blasted blade and the muted finish on the handle looked very unique compared to the gaudy, pattern-welded kitchen jewelry Shun is known for.

I think that aesthetic is still the most appealing thing about this knife. In practice, I think it's great. It's definitely user-friendly and great for people learning to cook, if a little overpriced (classic Shun).

You could do a hell of a lot worse.

    Smash
  • Really comfortable handle.
  • Lovely finish.
  • Easy to sharpen.
    Pass
  • AUS-10 steel is a bit soft for this price point.