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I think these knives remind me of the Shun Ken Onion design, and that is a failure of a set. I have only held the Chef's knife of this set and did not get to use it, but it reminded me so much of the Ken Onion design that I had to put it down and wash my hand before handling a quality knife. Im pretty sure that from the feel and look that under use this would be a fairly poor cutting angle and hand/wrist position.

-Cam
 
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LOL.   That's the first thing I thought too. I've never used the SKO's, so I don't really know. I do think the look is knock-off of those though. 
 
I think these knives remind me of the Shun Ken Onion design ...

-Cam
 
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I think these knives remind me of the Shun Ken Onion design, and that is a failure of a set. I have only held the Chef's knife of this set and did not get to use it, but it reminded me so much of the Ken Onion design that I had to put it down and wash my hand before handling a quality knife. Im pretty sure that from the feel and look that under use this would be a fairly poor cutting angle and hand/wrist position.

-Cam
I have to go with CookinCam on this one although to be honest I don't think I could have brought myself to pick the thing up I kinda get this strange queasy feeling in my stomach just from looking at the thing.
 
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The Ergo design has been around for awhile.  They were designed for cooks with repetitive stress injuries to their hands and wrists.  Like most "ergonomic" handled knives, they suit a small group of people -- but no means everyone, even in their target group.

Note that Fieri wears a forearm brace/bandage when cooking.  I believe that's how he discovered Ergo.

Speaking of target groups, the thought was that it could be expanded to the general population and that the handle design would overcome the typical grip deficiencies.  But that was an afterthought and seems to be an idea which hasn't caught on.

The blades themselves are rather thick and awkward, made from an alloy which does not have good edge characteristics.

It isn't really fair to Ergo or Shun to compare them to one another.  They were designed for different purposes, and are marketed differently.  Other than looking funny, they don't really have much in common.

BDL
 
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Thats probably pretty true, not fair to compare them, I think the ERGO actually has its purpose, just not a fan to be more fair to both knives.
 
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I've never had either the Shun or the ERGO knives in my hands before, so I've got nothing to go by. They do however, look similar to each other somewhat. TY BDL for this one sentence: 

"The blades themselves are rather thick and awkward, made from an alloy which does not have good edge characteristics."

That is what I'm looking for with my question. I'm interested in the knives and the company. NO hidden agendas, just curiosity. 
 
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