Shun Knives, a cutlery producer from Japan, has had fast and strong growth in the US market, exhibiting an almost 40% growth rate per year. Shun Knives have manufactured their knives for almost for a century in Seki City, Japan, which is known as the center of samurai sword-making. No wonder Shun knives have the reputation of having extremely sharp blades.
Shun knives boast the following features: the Kasumi method of knifemaking, hammered Tsuchime finish, Damascus patterning, and Pakkawood. The Kasumi method is the traditional Japanese way of making a knife. Shun Knives have an extremely hard core of high-carbon steel covered with an exterior layer of another steel. This method makes the edge very sharp and sharpening easy.
The Hammered Tsuchime Finish gives the look of handcrafting to a blade, as well as a charming look on the blade. Tiny pockets on the blade act like hollow-ground cavities, reducing drag and quickly releasing food.
The Damascus styling of the blade produces the hard cutting core as well as producing an elegant-waved pattern on the blade. This styling protects the hard inner core and makes the blade's slicing action much smoother.
Finally, Shun knives use the genuine hardwood, Pakkawood, which contains moisture-resistant resin.Shun Knives has created various lines of chef knives such as the Shun Premier, Shun Classic, Shun Pro, and the Shun Reserve.
Shun Premier Chef's Knife, 8-Inch
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The Shun Premier, the latest in the line of Shun knives, consists of high carbon VG-10, "Japanese Super Steel" covered with 32 layers of Damascus Stainless steel. High carbon VG-10 keeps the edge sharper for longer periods of time without having to constantly sharpen the blade. 16 layers of Damascus Stainless on each side of the blade makes it strong and flexible and also reduces friction during slicing. Its hammered finish, called "Tsuchime," reduces drag when cutting. Lastly, their oblong-shaped, premium pakkawood handle nests comfortably and securely in your hand.
Shun Classic Chef's Knife
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The Shun Classic is the most popular among all the lines of Shun knives. It is designed for everyone from housewives to professional chefs. The Shun Classic is known for having an amazingly sharp blade and long edge retention by using "Japanese Super Steel" and special Damascus styling. It has a 16 degree angle which createa a much sharper blade than typical European blades with 20 to 22 degree angles. Its D-shaped handle makes the grip of the knife comfortable and secure in your hand.
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Shun Reserve Chef Knives show the perferct marriage of traditional Japanese style, with its extremely sharp edge, and European style, with its weighty and strong blade.The uniqueness of this line is the use of ultra-preminum SG-2 micro carbide steel cutting core. The SG-2 steel cutting core is incredibly dense, making the blade very thin and holding its edge for long periods of time. Also, the nickel/stainless Ladder Pattern Damascus adds perfect strength and weight to the blade.