Shun Blue vs. Dual Core

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Shun Blue vs. Dual Core

Post by ro_barnes » Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:48 pm

Before you tell me not to buy a Shun here's the deal. I sent Shun an old knife that needed to be repaired (lifetime warranty) but it was, in their opinion, unfixable and from a discontinued series (Reserve). So they sent me a credit to basically replace it with any one of their other knives. So I'm just trying to decide between the Blue line and the Dual Core line. Price makes no difference because they're both free. I'm looking at the 10" Kirtisukes (which are really more like Kirtisuke-shaped Gyutos since they're double beveled). I'm leaning towards the Blue just because I haven't been that impressed with Shun's "super steels" (hence the warranty return) but since they're free, part of me wants to get the shiny, fancy dual core one. Has anyone got any practical experience with these two and can compare the performance of the two steels?

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Re: Shun Blue vs. Dual Core

Post by Bob Z » Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:45 am

Tough choice! I have ogled the dual core and idea makes sense. I would love to try one but I ended up with a blue Honesuki which i like alot. I think the blue may give you longer edge retention vs vg-10. One other point to consider is that the blue will patina while the dual core is all stainless. Let us know which you get.

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Re: Shun Blue vs. Dual Core

Post by Bensbites » Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:58 am

Personally, I would go with blue over dual core (vg10/vg2) just for the sake of carbon over Stainless.

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Re: Shun Blue vs. Dual Core

Post by Kalaeb » Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:19 am

I guess before I answer... what could have possibly happened to cause you previous knife to be un-repairable?

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Re: Shun Blue vs. Dual Core

Post by lsboogy » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:50 am

I've got a couple of Blue Shuns that take and hold pretty darn good edges, much better knives than my other Shuns (NSF VG10 and VG MAX). Unless you need NSF knives (many commercial kitchens require them, especially shelter kitchens) get the blue stuff - steel is leaps and bounds better. I like my garatsuke very much for butchering lamb and other red meats.

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Re: Shun Blue vs. Dual Core

Post by Jeff B » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:38 pm

I personally would much rather have their Blue over their VG10.
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Re: Shun Blue vs. Dual Core

Post by Nmiller21k » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:19 pm

I love their work with blue.
Own two of them go for the blue you'll enjoy it.

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Re: Shun Blue vs. Dual Core

Post by salemj » Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:26 pm

Haven't used the dual core, but I would also go for the blue. Their blue line is now discontinued and it was one of their very best.

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