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Mar 14, 2011 03:34 PM

Knives in Chinatown

Hi all, I've heard there are great knives to be found in Chinatown. I love my shun classic santoku but it's wearing out and I'm keen to replace while exploring other options. Can anyone recommend a place or search strategy?

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  1. Wearing out? I work in a kitchen using vegetable knives that my bosses used in culinary school 20+ years ago. They are used daily and sharpened regularly and the one I used today still looks great. What are you doing to yours?

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    1. re: wolfe

      Yeah, what do you mean by "wearing out"?

    2. The best knife shop near SF Chinatown is Columbus Cutlery. In Chinatown, the Wok Shop has a great selection of kitchen tools at great prices. You might also check out Kamei and Forest Restaurant Supply, which has crazy low prices thanks I think to direct imports from China.

      For Japanese knives you might want to visit Hida Tool in Berkeley or The Japan Woodworker in Alameda. Soko Hardware in SF also has some.

      Columbus Cutlery
      358 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Kamei Restaurant Supply
      547 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

      Wok Shop
      718 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA

      Soko Hardware
      1698 Post St, San Francisco, CA

      Woodline Japan Woodworker
      1731 Clement Ave, Alameda, CA

      Hida Tool & Hardware
      1333 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

      1. The Chinese are not knife obsessed like the Japanese are (I said the same thing in respond to another thread in the Asian board). So no you won't find great knives in Chinatown. Check out Bob Lauriston's suggestions. I also wonder about you wearing out your Shun Classic. That must be a lot of knife use to wear it out.

        1. >"I love my shun classic santoku but it's wearing out..."

          Huh? Wearing out? Have you tried sharpening it? You have to do that every now and then, you know?

          Tell you what: Let me know where you are and I'll come by, pick it up, and dispose of it properly for you.