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  • 1jc19 Jun 15, 2012 08:43 AM

I'm just curious as to where most of CH's members buy their knives, I'm looking to buy a new chef's knife (looking at the Shun Ken Onion right now) and a paring (probably just going to get a Henckels Pro S), but I'm not sure where I can get the best prices.

EDIT:
I'm in Ontario, CA

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  1. Nowadays it's easy to shop around on the internet, especially if you know what you want. I like Cutlery and More, but there are many other sources of knives. I haven't actually bought many knives that way, however, because most of mine were acquired many years ago. Even today, I like a cutlery shop, specifically the one on Columbus Avenue in SF, where sometimes I find something unusual.

    1. If you are interested in Shun knives, then everywhere is about the same because Shun has suggested sale prices. eBay is your best bet if you want a deal.

      If you want Henckels, then your best deal is probably HomeGoods or TJ Maxx.

      For me and for the kind of knives I like, I purchase them on internet stores -- often stores directly related to Japan.

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        Japanese Chef's knives.com has treated me right several times over the years. I can get a knife from them shipped from Japan in my hands faster then a CONUS domestic order.

        One time, I actually had a knife depart Japan, clear customs, and land in by hands in ~60 hours ... Yes, basically two days plus the timezone changes!!!! All for $7 shipping too!

        1. re: Sid Post

          <Japanese Chef's knives.com has treated me right several times over the years. I can get a knife from them shipped from Japan in my hands faster then a CONUS domestic order.>

          I agree wholeheartedly.

          Not only JapaneseChef'sKnives, I have also bought a nakiri knife from Watanabe Shinichi, and the nakiri also promptly arrived. Buying a knife from Japan does not have to slow and painful. It can be faster than buying a knife online from a US site.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            My first handmade traditional knife knife was a Santoku Shinichi made for me. That thing was a whole lot of knife for not that much money.

      2. Bah, typed out a long thing for Ontario Canada, not realizing it was not Ontario Canada, so this post can be deleted :P

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        1. re: TeRReT

          <typed out a long thing for Ontario Canada, not realizing it was not Ontario Canada>

          What was not Ontario, Canada? Do you mean the post? It does not matter. The post asks where you buy your knives. If you buy your knives from the monk living in the hill, then so be it. :)

        2. Go online and check out The Best Things.

          1. http://www.thebestthings.com

            1. best prices are probably on woot, but you have to wait until they're selling knives (often during wootoffs). and, naturally, you're getting what nobody wanted. If you're willing to wait a good few months, I'd give you decent odds of getting a deal you wouldn't find other places.
              (of course, it might be on Shun steak knives).

              1. Japanese Knife Imports, Venice CA and on line. Jon is super knowledgeable, travels to Japan several times a year and has worked in fine dining. Which IMO makes him especially valuable.

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                1. re: AAQjr

                  I would second JKI and I've also shopped at most of the others mentioned in this thread. Good advice has already been offered. With that said, I've also ordered from Tosho out of Canada, Mad Cow Cutlery, and Japan Woodworker with good experiences.

                  You can also browse (or post) on the buy/sell/trade portions of the knife forums (KitchenKnifeForums or KnifeForums). You never know when someone wants to unload a knife, and you might get a good deal. It will also likely be sharper than if you buy it from a traditional retailer ;)

                  1. re: smkit

                    <With that said, I've also ordered from Tosho out of Canada, Mad Cow Cutlery, and Japan Woodworker with good experiences.>

                    smkit,I'm curious as to what you ordered from Tosho?

                    1. re: petek

                      I bought a kid's konosuke mini-nakiri and a kansei folder. The shipping was really quick from Canada too. I had some custom knives from Canada take around 3-4 weeks to get once and this shipment came in about 4 days. They also wrote to confirm my order as they wanted to double check my order.

                    2. re: smkit

                      The knife forums are good if you know what you want and what it should cost. It takes patience though to wait for the right knife at a good price.

                      1. re: Sid Post

                        That's true sid post. You do have to know what you are doing and what you want. But it is my guess that a lot of knife knerds out there have unused Shuns hanging around from back in the day when they started getting into J-knives.

                  2. I have purchased from Kroin and Chef Knives to Go

                    1. Korin. Great service but wait for the bi-annual 15% off promotions in July/December.

                      Japanese Chef Knives-Koki is easy to work with and great prices. Shipping is uber fast.

                      JKI if the price is right. Jon is a good guy but prices are on par with Korin.