Amazon with Impact! has the Shun DMS444 Classic 4-Piece Block Set for $280 + $0 shipping = $280 shipped. Designed with Damascus-clad blades and D-shaped ebony PakkaWood handles. Includes an 11-slot bamboo block, 9" hollow-ground slicing, 10" chef's and 9" offset bread knives.
Retail: $733

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    Interloper Ben's cred: 133
    Posted 4:59 pm PDT 06/10/14

    Incredible knives.

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    S_Klass Ben's cred: 152
    Posted 7:31 am PDT 06/11/14

    So not actually made of Damascus steel? Just Damascus 'plated'?

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    Interloper Ben's cred: 133
    Posted 6:21 pm PDT 06/11/14

    It's actually quite ingenious. The stainless clad acts to prevent corrosion. The knife is steel therefore it holds an edge. Don't you think all knives would be stainless if stainless held an edge?

    That's the way it goes (so far).. If a knife is to hold an edge, it won't be made with anti-corrosive properties.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3827
    Posted 9:25 am PDT 06/12/14

    ^ It's for artistic effect. Damascus steel isn't inherently stainless (primary distinguishing components being iron and carbon), not particularly stain resistant compared to many commonly used contemporary steel alloys, nor is it going to do much to help retain sharpness since it's a cladding, not the core which holds the edge.

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    Posted 4:25 pm PDT 06/12/14

    These particular knives are Damascus stainless steel. Yes, it's for an artistic effect. That was as an easy option, since we were going the route of stainless anti corrosive properties as the clad anyway. It also has antibacterial properties. Yes, steel is basically iron and carbon -primary distinguishing factor being how much carbon.

    You only confirmed my point about the core holding the edge. Smile

    By stain resistant, you mean oxidation prevention right?

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    Posted 4:31 pm PDT 06/12/14

    yes, but there are superior cladding stainless formulations.

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