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Shun Classic Chef’s Knives

  • $139.95 - $159.95
  • Value: $175.00 - $200.00
SpecialValueBuy This powerful kitchen multi-tasker is perfect for slicing, dicing, and chopping large quantities of fruits, vegetables, meats, and more. The wide blade keeps knuckles off the cutting board and is extra handy when transferring cut food from board to pan.

With its curved belly, this chef’s knife can be gently rocked through fresh herbs or spices to produce a very fine mince. Plus, a thinner blade makes it lighter and less tiring to use than comparable European-style chef’s knives.

Shun Classic’s tasteful and contemporary design features a beautiful Damascus-clad blade and D-shaped ebony pakkawood handle. Behind the knife’s beauty is function: a razor-sharp blade offering precision performance.

Shun’s VG-MAX steel core—known for its incredible edge retention—is clad with Damascus stainless steel, then bead-blasted, revealing the woodgrain pattern of the steel that allows the blade to slide easily through food. The result is a knife that’s sharp, durable and corrosion resistant, as well as beautiful to behold.

NSF-certified knife meets the high-level safety standards for professional kitchens. 8" or 10" blade. Dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended. Limited lifetime warranty. Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan.

Free sharpening on all Shun cutlery for as long as you own it. Click for details
 
VG-MAX “SUPER STEEL” CORE The higher density of VG-MAX steel allows it to be tempered to a Rockwell hardness of 61 and still have the flexibility and strength to take and keep a perfect edge. VG-MAX’s natural tendency is to remain straight and true. When blade is used, the edge automatically straightens out and stays sharp longer.

METICULOUSLY CRAFTED Each Shun Classic knife is constructed using the kasumi method, a traditional Japanese process used to create samurai swords. Sixteen layers of SUS410 high-carbon stainless steel are pounded to 3/1000ths of an inch, then clad on each side of the VG-MAX core. This 32-layer forged construction gives the blade strength, stain resistance, incredible cutting performance and an elegant Damascus pattern unique to each knife.

RAZOR-SHARP BLADE With a cutting edge ground to a 16° angle on each side, this is one of the sharpest knives you’ll ever find. Plus, the exotic Japanese steels used in the cutting core ensure that blade holds its ultra-sharp edge without the need for excessive re-sharpening.

USER-FRIENDLY DESIGN Comfortable D-shaped handle and perfectly balanced blade offer precise control and reduce fatigue during long, repetitive cutting tasks. Handle is made of moisture-resistant pakkawood—a fused blend of hardwood veneers and phenolic resin.

TACKLES EVERYDAY KITCHEN TASKS WITH EASE This powerful kitchen multi-tasker is perfect for slicing, dicing, and chopping large quantities of fruits, vegetables, meats, and more. The wide blade keeps knuckles off the cutting board and is extra handy when transferring cut food from board to pan.

  • Manufacturer: KAI USA Ltd.
  • Care: Dishwasher safe, but hand wash recommended
  • Dimensions: 8" or 10" blade
  • Material: Forged 32-layer steel blade, pakkawood handle
  • Model: 8": #DMO706; 10": #DMO707
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
  • Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan


BENEFITS:
  • Originating in Seki City, Japan’s historical center for manufacturing samurai swords, Shun knives are heirs to a 7-century tradition of superior workmanship
  • Shun Classic’s tasteful and contemporary design features beautiful Damascus-clad blades and D-shaped ebony pakkawood handles
  • The 32-layer forged construction gives the blade strength, stain resistance and incredible cutting performance
  • Cutting edge is ground to a 16° angle on each side, ensuring razor sharpness
  • Perfectly balanced blade offers precise control
  • NSF-certified knife meets the high-level safety standards for professional kitchens
 

Product Accessories

Shun Classic Sharpening Steel, 9"

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  • $39.95
  • Value: $50.00

This easy-to-use honing rod gently realigns the cutting edges of your Shun cutlery, enabling you to maintain the razor-sharp blades between sharpenings. While fine European knives can require honing after each use, Shun’s harder steel means you can... More About Shun Classic Sharpening Steel »

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Shun Whetstone, 6000/1000 Grit

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  • $79.95
  • Value: $100.00

Japanese chefs prefer whetstones over oilstones because they’re quicker and cleaner to use. This 1000/6000 whetstone is for finishing a highly-polished knife edge with razor sharpness. Before you use it, simply put the sharpening stone into water... More About Shun Whetstone Grit »

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Companion Products

Shun Classic 7-Piece Block Set

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  • $499.95
  • Value: $744.00

Exclusive A generous gift for an avid cook, this Shun Classic 7-piece block set is perfect for both novices and seasoned gourmets. It features the essential knives you need to create a lifetime of delicious meals, including: 3½" paring, 6" utility... More About Shun Classic Knife Block Set »

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Shun Classic 10-Piece Block Set

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  • $849.95
  • Value: $1,289.00

New Exclusive A generous gift for an avid cook, this Shun Classic 10-piece block set is perfect for both novices and seasoned gourmets. It features the essential knives you need to create a lifetime of delicious meals, including: 3½" paring, 6" utility... More About Shun Classic Block Set »

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Kitchen Essential #1
Every basic cook should invest in a good knife, not just a good knife but an essential knife that is versatile and easy to use. For me, this would be my Shun Chef's knife. A light blade, smooth handle, and cuts clean every time. I've had my knife for 3 years now, and it still cuts all my meats and vegetable in one slice. If you have to saw back and forth with a knife - you need a new knife. This is definitely a must have multi-tasker in the kitchen from chicken to steak, fish, veggies and cake - yes, cake - warm the blade up before you slice a cheesecake and it's like a surgeon just served you.

Great customer service if you have questions about upkeep and warranty. Remember to register the knife because it does come with a lifetime guarantee for sharpening and replacement (if EVER needed)
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April 11, 2011
Becoming a fan!
I have been a tried and true German knife fan for my many years in the kitchen. I just purchased the 8"" chefs knife from Shun and have to admit...I am in love with it!

Very comfortable in hand, light but very sharp, holds an edge well, and well balanced make this my new favorite. I have had for a few months but it has me now considering other Shun knives to add to my collection. Pricey, but worth the cost
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September 14, 2011
Don't deny yourself the pleasure.
When I arrived home last evening from a long and less than perfect day at work, I found that my new Shun knives had been delivered. I hadn't planned to cook, but the temptation to try out these new knives was too great. I told myself to just dice an onion and heat up left overs and relax. Well, that plan didn't work. I had been curious about these knives and admired them for a long time, but had hesitated because of the cost. I hadn't even gone into the store to hold the knife in my hand. Recently there was a special purchase for the 8"" chef's knife and the 3.5"" paring knife. The offer was too good to pass up. This is one time the gamble paid off. I feel like I've hit the jackpot! The German knives which have been my friends for so many years will go to a good home and a new block full of Shun will move to their place. These knives are such a joy to use I made not one, but two pots of soup last night! I couldn't stop chopping. I can't wait to buy more, and I encourage anyone who is considering taking the leap to go for it. You will be glad you did. They are everything they claim to be and more. I went to bed tired, but oh so happy
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May 29, 2013
Love Shun!
I have the 10"" chef and it slices, dices and chops beautifully. I have an old set of Henckels but I love the Shun knives! They hold up well under a lot of abuse and for the price, they're great
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May 15, 2011
Superb Knife!!!
I have the Shun Classic 8"" Chef's knife and I absolutely love it! I use it every day and it stays sharp and true every time. Very comfortable in your hand making it a breeze to chop, slice and dice. I have 2 Shun knives (Shun Classic 6"" tomato knife and 4 piece steak knife set) in my shopping cart right now on Sur Le Table's web site that I am about to purchase and cant wait to put them to work in my kitchen!!
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June 24, 2011
A Standard
This is probably the bare minimum I would go for when shopping for a chef's knife. There are better Japanese knives out there for the price point. Out of the SLT knives, if you want to buy one from this store, I would recommend the shun classic.

These knives use a VG-10 steel, which is a big step up from X50CrMoV15 steel, which is what many popular German knives (Wusthof as well as others) use. This is due to the hardness of VG-10, which lets the knife hold its edge for longer meaning less sharpening :)

I would suggest one shops around and does a little bit of research before spending this kind of money on a knife. Although this one is quality, there might be something better suited to you
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May 29, 2011
Awesome!!!!
This is a great product because it is amazingly sharp and lasts forever!!!!!!
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February 17, 2011
An awesome knife
I retired my Wustof Classic when I bought this chef's knife 2 years ago... I'm now slowly replacing all of my German knives. I love this.
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March 21, 2011
My current knife couldn't ask for better........
Comfortable and Sharp
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May 5, 2011
Shun Classic Knife
I have been looking for this type of knife for many years and finally found it.

I love it --------
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December 26, 2013
 

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