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Woot has Zhen Japanese Steel 5" Carving/Paring Utility Knife for $10.23 + $5 shipping.


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that is NOT a carving utility knife. That is a FRUIT knife.
Woot DOES have some GREAT deals on Zhen knives, right now, and Zhen are VERY good values for the dollar even when not on sale.
But if you use that knife as a utility knife, you're in for a big disappointment unless you only intend on cutting mangos, peaches and grapes.

They have several 3 layer VG10 core knives on sale as well as several of their 67 layer Damascus on sale.
There is little functional difference between the 3 layer and the 67 layer, but the 67 layer is much prettier because it has the mokume pattern (the tree ring look that you also see on many Shun knives)
The core steel on the other (non-fruit knives) is more suitable for cutting meat and veggies. The blade in the original post is for SOFT fruit ONLY.

The handles of the wood grain style are VERY comfortable and are made of pakkawood which is a semi synthetic that is also found on other premium knives like shun, yaxell and mcuesta. I have not tried the steel handled knives. I anticipate that the blade itself will be pretty good, but the blade might be slippery.

The "bread knife" is NOT the same blade steel. It is 440C which IS a very good steel. NOT as hard, but more resilient, less likely to break on a hard shepherds bread crust.

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