Knives are very personal things so it is very important to test a range of best knives to own before making a choice. Some people may prefer durability while others opt for the weight and the balance, so the test is important to figure out which ones fit your personal preferences. However cheaper knife sets may provide value for money and could suit people who are just starting out. But, generally speaking, knives used by professionals tend to be more expensive because of the higher quality. It is also important to remember that there are many boutique brands offered by specialists in addition to the well-known and established brands.
Shun is a manufacturer based in America, which specializes in Japanese style knives, which tend to be lighter and sharper than their competitors. Having said this, they also have a tendency to lose their edge more quickly than the competition. They are sharpened at an angle of 16 compared to an angle of 22 for many other knives and this handle makes for better sharpness. They are also made from a special steel called VG10, which allows for the retention of sharper edges for a longer period. This is blended with another type of steel, allowing for the introduction of an attractive pattern on the blade.
I believe that the name comes from the season in Japan when fruits are at their ripest and best and Shun is the moment at which the fruits are at their freshest and readiness and achieve a state of perfection. These qualities are embodied in the knives produced under that brand. Every knife is created with high quality craftsmanship and I have found that each one is an excellent all-purpose knife for vegetables, meat, and so on. I also noticed that the design of the edge makes it extremely convenient for transferring cut food from the cutting board to a cooking pan. They are definitely a kitchen must- have.
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