shun classic vs. stainless?
Hi- though my other (good) knives are wusthofs I've decided to register for a shun santoku knife as one of my splurge items. since it's a splurge I thought i'd go flashy with the stainless but i'm wondering if there's any reason why they aren't so popular? shoud I stick with the classic? is this just asthetic?
I have a shun stainless santoku and its fine. Once you start using it you'll forget what kind of material the handle is made of. Keep in mind, the handle is sort of d-shaped for a better grip, and that if you're left handed, this could be a problem. Otherwise, there's not much difference.
There isn't really any difference between the two lines, save for the handle material. Both are well balanced and both have the same shaped handle. The only thing is, as you stated, the handle is not the same! I think it's simple aesthetics that makes the paka-wood more popular.