Japanese knives have been a chefâ€™s wonder tool since forever. But nowadays, professional chefs, home chefs, amateur chefs, everyone has made these knives a necessity. People with even a small experience in the culinary field want the best Japanese knives available. So have the brands who manufacture the knives in Japan with its traditional methods, but sell it throughout the world.
Two such brands are Shun Knives and Global Knives. And there has always been a turmoil between us, where we donâ€™t know which one to choose. But we are here to solve your problems for you. So that is why we have brought an article on Shun Knives vs. Global Knives. As you look at the similarities and differences between them so that you reach a conclusion.
The difference between Shun Vs Global Knives is that “Shun” is used for cutting meat, vegetables and fruit while “Global” knives are multi-tasking knives that use to cut meat sharply.
These are some similarities between the Shun Knives and Global Knives:
- Obviously, the first thing common between both brands is that they are both manufacturers of Japanese knives. And are directly made in Japan.
- Also, both these brands produce knives that are pretty lightweight. So when you compare them to the other brands, they offer much ease of functionality. Especially compared to German knives, they are very well-balanced.
- And the knives from both these brands have smaller edge angles. All the knives vary between 10 to 17 degrees of edge angles. So they are specifically sharp yet not brittle.
- Both the brands use high-quality and high carbon steel alloys for the knives. And these extend the durability of knives a lot.
Apart from the different brands, the Shun Knives and Global Knives have other differences too:
- So we see a major difference between the two is the overall design of the knives. So the Global knives have a complete body, stainless steel design. With the black dots lining the handle, they give an anti-slip grip. Whereas the Shun knives take the course of a much more authentic design. As they have a Damascus design on their blade and have a hammered pattern sometimes. Also, the handles are made of wood and resin composite (Pakkawood) or are synthetic.
- Then there is the case of materials. So the whole body of a knife from Global is made of CROMOVA18 steel. And this specific style of steel has a greater percentage of chromium which also gives it resistance against stains. On the other hand, Shun uses different kinds of refined steel. And the VG MAX steel blades of the Premier and Classic collections of Shun are super durable and corrosion-resistant. As we have mentioned before, the handles of the knives in this brand are different to that of global. Because these handles are made of Pakkawood or synthetic material.
- Then there is the case of hardness in both the brands of knives. So the Global knives score between 56 and 58 in the Rockwell hardness scale. But the Shun knives are at a higher score of 61 on the same scale.
- If you look as a whole, Shun knives are more expensive than Global knives. But it also depends on the collection of the Shun you choose it from.
- Also, the Shun knives have harder steel, so they have a better edge retention. But also, they are less durable because of that. However, Global knives have steel which is more flexible. And although the edge retention is not as good as the Shun, they are very durable.
Q1.Which is more ergonomic, Shun or Global?
Shun knives have pakkawood handles, so these are much easier to hold and cut. While the Global knives have a stainless steel handle like the body. Although there are some dots for grip, the handles are still slippery.
Q2.Do Shun and Global brands have Japanese style knives?
Yes, both brands produce Japanese-style knives. Also, both of them manufacture all their knives in Japan itself.
Q3.Are Shun knives more expensive than Global?
As a whole, yes, the Shun knives are more expensive than the Global. But then again Shun knives have options in the cheaper section too.
So we have listed out things that you may or may not want in the knives of your choice. And now it’s up to you to choose. Although whatever you choose are going to be in the category of the best Japanese kitchen knives you will find.
If you are looking for something more sharp, hard followed with ergonomic qualities, Shun is a great option.
Our recommendation: Shun Classic 8â€ Chefâ€™s Knife
You can go for Global Knives if your primary concern is durability, modern design and also your budget.
Our recommendation: Global 8â€ Chefâ€™s Knife
We hope that this has helped you out in picking out your favorite.
Hi, This is Sophia Ava, author of many books about Knives that uses many chefs in their shows, received my MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College is a famous Chef. Born in Oakland, California.As a expert chef i have written blogs and knives reviews that i tested by my own with the partnership of famous brands for their famous knives. With my well researched artilces and reviews about knives you can make your kitchen life easier.