dealsshun classic 3-piece set (new) for $199.99 + $5…


What's the point of an expensive SERRATED knife? Knives with teeth don't "cut" they "tear" which is fine for bread and other things that compress but doesn't take any advantage of the fine metal edge of an expensive knife. So throwing that one out, you've got a good Santoku and a paring knife, figure $150 for one and $50 for the other. To me, this "deal" is normal price, not good enough for a Woot.


@alextse: i'll take it a step further...there's no such thing as any set of 3 knives worth $199, regardless of the marketing campaign thrown behind it. even if the dollar store ginsu gimmicks wear out after 5 uses, it will take you years of slicing and dicing to make up for this allocation of one-time capital.

i'm pinchecat and i approve this message.


anyone spend more then $25 on a knife is sad...


Well, I got the one knife for $200 recently that's the 10th anniversay Shun, and no, I can't justify it.


If you can't cut it with the knives you purchased for culinary school you don't need it. None of the many chefs I have worked for had any of these overpriced blades, and most of them only had a couple specialized high-end knives in their tool bag.

I shun this deal like the others.


@zippy the pinhead:

What brands or kinds of knives did the professional chefs favor?


Personally, I have a single Global chef knife. It was about $100, but it's all I need usually. I have cheapo paring knives, serrated knives, a cleaver for the rare occasion and that's about it. None of them cost more than a couple dollars, except the cleaver at about $15.

9 out of 10 times, though, almost no matter what I'm cutting, I use the Global and I don't regret the buy. It feels worth it just about every time I use it.


These are good knives, but I'll never buy any again. I bought a set of Shun knives over other brands because they offered free sharpening. Now you have to pay to have them sharpened, and they didn't grandfather in people that already owned their knives.


@mdyoung216: From their website: FREE Sharpening is Back!

Yes! Effective September 4, 2012, Kai USA Ltd. is once again sharpening your Shun cutlery for free, for as long as you own it. It’s as simple as that. You pay for shipping, and our expert sharpening services are FREE. If you live in the area, you may also bring your Shun knives in for free sharpening. We can sharpen up to two knives while you wait; more than two and they will be ready for you to pick up the next day.


@f00l: Usually Global - most of them had at least one or two. Excellently balanced and super comfortable for doing large production work. There were a few others but the brands escape my memory at the moment. Also, the only time you need a specialty knife is for specialty work. I own (2) Henckels paring knives, the top line versions (about $45-$65 each based on length) specifically for delicate work with veggies and small items, and presentation/artistic work.