chadc4 wrote:Anyone who has both Elite and Classic care to comment on the differences in everyday use?
The Classics don't retain their edge quite as well as the Elites, but that's a more longer-than-daily sorta term. Day-to-day, they're fairly comparable.
For a vertical chopping blade (Santoku, Nakiri, etc), where you can have some impact, I prefer the slightly softer steel of the Classics, hence my Classic Santoku.
Classics do have a larger handle than the Elites, so if you have very small hands, that might be an issue.
TL;DR: Difference isn't huge, both nice.
***Edit*** I would, however, suggest that you buy the Shun Elite Honesuki, if you prefer a Honesuki to (or like one in addition to) a traditional Western Boning knife.
The handle, the balance, the whole thing is just delightful and perfect and I love my Elite Honesuki very, very much.
I pet it like a cat.
That's not actually true.
Ok, maybe it is.