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May 14, 2009 10:42 AM

Kirkland signature knife set $700 Can

I have usually been very impressed with Costco stuff. They have a set of Japanese knifes here...

Obviously they are made by someone else. Does anyone recognise these knifes under their 'real' brand name?

And if anyone has them - how do they rate?

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  1. They are a Shun product as far as I know. You can take that brand name and research from there.

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    1. re: SQHD

      Thanks - I was researching as you posted.

    2. Sorry to bother everyone. Just after I posted, I found them on the US site under reviews. Oddly, I could not find them for sale at (I had wanted to compare US / Canada prices).

      They are made by Kai (= Shun). Can anyone recognise the series by sight alone? I couldn't match them up against any on their site.

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      1. re: Paulustrious

        The Shun Classic series has the same steel. the handles are different .

        The description is below in quotes or go to the site.

        "Clad Construction

        The wavy pattern on our blades is called a Damascus look; what gives it that pattern are 16 layers of SUS410 High Carbon Stainless Steel pounded to 3/1000th of an inch and then "clad" on each side of the VG10 core. This combination of materials gives the blade strength, stain resistance, and incredible cutting performance."

        However, be advised that you can buy the same six knives as shun classics and the steel for about $605 through the internet. The steel is thrown free for all purchases over $300 if you buy from the following internet site, there are others. It is tax free if you live is CA with free shipping.

        1. re: bgazindad

          Thanks for that. Being in Canada it tends to add quite a bit with shipping, import taxes, ups surcharges etc before it lands on the doorstep. And currently 1$US = $1.17Can.

          You prompted me to seek further and (for our Canadian viewers) I found this which are the cheapest I've located so far. Now to find out if they are totally legit...

          1. re: Paulustrious

            You can blow up the images at Sur La table for a closer look. I think you can easily see the Costco's are quite different than the Shun's even if they are made by Kershaw.
            The damascus cladding on some of the shun's is not the best so you may want to find a location where you can see and handle them before you order a set. You may also want to look up individual pieces and price them out Vs the set. If you are trying to keep costs down IIR the metal handled Shun classics are less than the black handled ones.



          2. re: bgazindad

            Although I have and enjoy a pair of Shun knives, two things bother me about their advertising:

            1. 3/1000 of an inch is about half the thickness of aluminum foil. Or the
            same as a plastic garbage bag.

            2. PakkaWood, the trademarked name of the material the
            handles are made from, is not wood. It is plastic.