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
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. Read Reviews
Shun Classic Chef's Knife
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. Read Reviews
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. Read Reviews
Shun Ken Onion Chef's Knife
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Shun Ken Onion Chef's Knife as part of Shun Classic Line is known for the stunning and unique looks of the blade and handle, and careful considerations for elevations of chopping tasks in a kitchen. It was designed by the world most famous custom knife designer, Ken Onion. This line features a variety of characteristics including the handsome and stick-resisting blade, Ken Onion's signature handle design, and unique blade sweep. The shape of the blade maximizes the glide of the blade across the cutting board, making it easy for chefs of any height to use without shoulder tension. Also, blunted blade nose, like that of a Santoku, allows the cook to scoop chopped ingredients off of the board. Inner curve on each side of the bolster forms perfect thumb and index finger rests and widened bolster releases tension in forearm.Read Reviews
Shun Premier Santoku Knife, 7-Inch
As the best and most recent line of Japanese cutlery, Shun premium presents the Japanese Cook’s Knife, Santoku. The Shun Premium Santoku with its unique features of VG-10 Japanese Super steel clad with 32 layers of high carbon stainless steel and hammed finish show off their strong, sharp and stylish-looking blade. This hammered finish acts contains hollow-ground cavities, reducing knife-drag when cutting.The angle of the blade is 16 degrees, which is much angled than western-style chef knives and the wide blade makes it easy to scoop chopped pieces. Also, the santoku is perfect for preparing a wide range of foods and makes for effortless chopping, slicing, dicing, and more. Read Reviews
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