stickabush wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:37 pm
Do you miss a VG10 Santoku with corian handle and same finish a the K1*P series?
What do you think about a knife like this instead of the polypropylene plastic handle one?
Not really, for several reasons.
I'll start by saying that I have a K11 Cook's Knife, both the older Kraton handled K08 Santoku and the current polypropylene handled version, and a VG-10 core damascus Santoku by SETO that Spyderco sold for a while a few years back. I'm an older guy with a bit of arthritis in my hands, so I prefer I knife the feels secure in my hand without the need to gorilla grip it. Of the three Spydercos, I find the Kraton K08 to be both the most secure and the most comfortable in my hand. The poly handled K08 comes in second, but not by much, just slightly less secure in the hand. The K11 comes in a distant third, the roundish polished Corian handle feels insecure and considerably less comfortable in my hand than either of the K08's. The SETO's handle offers excellent security but is not quite as comfortable in my hand as the KO8's. Truth is, I was disappointed by the K11 to the point where I didn'tt bother getting the K12 when it was available.
Additionally, having used both, I don't see VG-10 having any advantage over MBS-26 in the kitchen. Certainly not any advantage to justify spending significantly more for it unless it offers the visual appeal of damascus cladding as on the SETO. I say significantly more because, back when the K11 and K12 were in the lineup, the 7" bladed K12 had an MSRP of $199.95, roughly 2.5 times the current $80.00 MSRP of the K08. One would have to assume a VG-10/Corian Santoku would be at least as expensive as the K12. I've found that MBS-26 takes a great edge, holds it well, and is quite rust resistant.