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Username Post: miyabi series vs shun        (Topic#922702)
chefnitup07
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05-13-12 15:50.52 - Post#2470003    



Hi everybody,
Im a seasoned chef looking to purchase a new chef knife. i own a few different kind( global, mercer, heinkels, mac) i am interested in the miyabi or shun. 9.5 inch. is there a huge difference in the lines of miyabi 700mc, kaizen, and other series. besides price. considering shun as well. any info would help. thanks
 


chefcomesback
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05-13-12 18:58.03 - Post#2470013    


    In response to chefnitup07

Hi chefnitup07,

i have been using shun 10 inch chefs knife for 6 years ,it was my first Japanese chef's knife. It has more like a German profile with belly , finish and fit is good , little on the heavier side but it is a good knife. Lot of people will tell you there are better knives within the same price range. And they are right.
when i wanted to buy a buy new Chefs knife i have read many reviews and ended up buying 7000MC 9.5 inch chefs knife. It is good value for the ZDP-189 steel , finish and fit are perfect , little lighter than shun and it has definetely Japanese profile(Gyuto) I have been using it for 6 months and i am really satisfied with my purchase. Cons of this knife are because of its hardness it will chip more , and even i have been cleaning after each use it has some spots on it now(looks like rust , definetely not patina)
Right after i have bought my 7000mc , Kaizen series were launched. I have recommend it to one of my apprentices in the kitchen and he bought 9.5 inch chefs knife. Compared to Shun it is lot lighter , lot thinner , has better fit and finish and price tag. I would choose it over a Shun classic . If you compare to Miyabis , i would keep my more pricy MC but it requires more attention (you will spend hours to sharpen it but it will keep the edge longer )and it is more brittle .I dont know if you read the features of the 7000 MC but it is 60/40 bevel.
There is a website selling discontinued Shun Elite Series Chefs knife SG-2 steel , HRC 63(frontgate.com) i would suggest you consider it as well
Good luck
 
no chop
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05-14-12 00:12.09 - Post#2470029    


    In response to chefcomesback

I think the MC lines are discontinued as well....

The Kaizen is a flashy, entry level vg10 knife at a great price....
"A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use."
Washington Irving

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chefcomesback
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05-14-12 00:37.20 - Post#2470035    


    In response to no chop

No wonder , $190 for 9.5 gyuto made of ZDP-189 they must be losing tons of money and they probably didn't reach the sales numbers or the reputation . I think their Morimoto MC series were way overpriced too , i don't see anybody passing handmade "real" Japanese knives and paying $300 + for Morimoto MC's
 
99Limited
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05-14-12 10:50.42 - Post#2470167    


    In response to chefcomesback

I kind of wanted a 7000MC gyuto or a 600MC gyuto just so I could try out zdp-189 or SG2. Only problem was I never found one at a price that I'd pay. CKTG has the 600MC on closeout but they're still too expensive.
 
chefcomesback
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05-14-12 14:30.22 - Post#2470221    


    In response to 99Limited

Another option may be Ryusen Blazen Series , powdered steel HRC 61-63 , it is hell of a lot cheaper than MC 600
 
chefnitup07
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05-15-12 15:40.47 - Post#2470453    


    In response to chefnitup07

thanks everyone for your help! I am still undecided. Just tried the shun reserve 10" very nice.but the price is more then i want to drop. Im leaning towards the miyabi 700mc. shun does offer the discount to get it sharpened.but thanks again
 
no chop
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05-16-12 00:13.34 - Post#2470506    


    In response to chefnitup07

99, you may be able to find a Twin Cermax on Amazon for sub $200... I picked one up for $140(240mm), last year.

"A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use."
Washington Irving

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JCSIII
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05-20-12 19:01.51 - Post#2471587    


    In response to no chop

I have the 600mc. I hate to say it but performance wise it's one of the best I've owned. It's not as thin as my suisin wa honyaki but it's close and it's a bit harder. To me it's the powdered steel hattori forum that everyone has been waiting forever for.
 


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