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Shun Classic Chef’s Knives

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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. ...Read More

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SPECIAL VALUE 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 Classic chef’s knives feature a core of proprietary VG-MAX super steel clad on both sides with 34 layers of Damascus stainless steel. The woodgrain pattern of the steel 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.

Free sharpening on all Shun cutlery for as long as you own it. Click for details

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  • Manufacturer: KAI USA Ltd.
  • Dimensions: 8" or 10" blade
  • Material: High-carbon stainless steel, pakkawood
  • Model: 8": #DMO706; 10": #DMO707
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
  • Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan

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  • Hand wash only
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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)
April 11, 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
May 29, 2013
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
September 14, 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!!
June 24, 2011
Awesome!!!!
This is a great product because it is amazingly sharp and lasts forever!!!!!!
February 17, 2011
A High-Precision Tool
This is an excellent knife, but demands the utmost respect. I've been using a much heavier 8" chef's knife made with German steel in my kitchen. It held its edge and did its job very well. I could throw it around and abuse it and it would still come back and cut for me. By contrast, the Shun is a lot lighter and a lot more balanced, but also incredibly sharp right out of the box. I feel that this knife is more delicate, but more precise; designed to be an extension of the fingers as opposed to an entire hand. It feels like it's made for a higher class of cuisine, and is more than able to match the skill set of even the most seasoned chefs. Essentially, this knife is more a kin to a surgeon's scalpel than anything else. If you keep that in mind, then I know this knife will serve you well.
January 25, 2016
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.
March 21, 2011
The best knife ever!
I've been using my 8" Shun Classic for about 5 years now. It is incredibly sharp, and it keeps it edge better than any other knife I've used. In the past I have used high end German knives, and they were good, but not nearly in the same league as Shun. Although this knife is fantastic, there are certain things for which it should not be used [and the Shun website provides advice as well]. First of all, you can't use it like you would a European knife for chopping, and you also should use it for heavy duty stuff like cutting up a butternut squash. That's why I still have a heavy 14" German knife for chopping parsley, mincing garlic, and cutting hard vegetables. But for things like mincing an onion, making a brunoise, or thinly slicing beef for stir fry, Shun is the way to go.
November 3, 2015
great tool
I've had this knife for several years. This my "go to" knife. It has a good feel in my hand and holds a great edge. I use the front of the blade for slicing and trimming meat and fish and the thicker part closer the the handle with chopping and dicing vegetables. I wouldn't be without it in the kitchen.
December 3, 2015
My Best Cutlery!
This is my 3rd Shun Damascus-steel knife. They are by far the very best knives in my kitchen. I use at least one of them daily. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting high quality cutlery at a very affordable price. There are more expensive knives, but why, when the SHUN cutlery is available?
November 24, 2015
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Jay R on Aug 27, 2016
It came highly recommended by the Kitchen knife guru. If you are unsure about what the differences are in these types of knives check out his website, extremely informative
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Shelia T on Aug 24, 2016
gift
Jay R on Aug 27, 2016
Shun --The most wonderful Chef's knife. Purchased it for a gift for a lady who LOVES-LOVES-LOVVVEEEES IT!
Susan H on Aug 27, 2016
It came highly recommended by the Kitchen knife guru. If you are unsure about what the differences are in these types of knives check out his website, extremely informative
kitchenknifeguru
Shelia T on Aug 24, 2016
50 years ago I swung a hammer for a living, your tools are your lifeblood, buy first class and built first class, buy second class, build second class. Buy second hand tools build second rate projects and replace tools three time as often for a triple disadvantage.
Geoffrey S on Aug 20, 2016
The reviews said it was good and the youtube video helped educate me a lot.
rong w on Aug 15, 2016
Used this at a cooking class and loved it!
Jasneet D on Aug 10, 2016
best knife!
Elizabeth W on Aug 10, 2016
Quality
Julia M on Aug 5, 2016
ON REGISTRY
LYNN A on Jun 24, 2016
They are by far the best knives money can buy
peggy w on Jun 5, 2016
We have a full set of Shun knives which we like a lot - they hold and edge exceptionally well - from time to time we hone the edges on a Jpanese water stone to keep them razor sharp - also, as a left hander, I find the handles very comfortable.
Stewart E on Apr 27, 2016
I am a real cook, and I like the best thing in life for my kitchen. I thought this will be something I wanted for a long time.
William J R on Apr 21, 2016
Not the top of the line of Japanese cutlery, but really good to start out.
Arthur W on Apr 3, 2016
needed a good knife
Susan O on Apr 1, 2016
I love this knife and decided to get an another one while on sale.
Paige R on Apr 1, 2016
looking for a shorter sharp chef knife
Joanne K on Mar 31, 2016
Need a good working knife. Never tried this brand, but heard good things about it.
Jadranka D on Mar 26, 2016
My wife has small hands, and my old Henckel Professional S was getting tiring for her to use. Shun knives are both lighter and fit better in a small hand. However, they are sharper than Henckel knives and more maneuverable if you will.
Sean R on Mar 25, 2016
Larger chef's knives are too big to grip well and the six inch blade is easily controlled during use.
Phoebe J on Mar 21, 2016
Just adding to my Shun collection.
Wayne L on Mar 21, 2016
I already have a 10 inches one and like it, need a smaller one.
Luba S on Mar 20, 2016
Nice size,great knives.
Ann R on Mar 19, 2016
Highly rated
Colleen M on Mar 17, 2016
It was recommended to me.
Pamela G on Mar 16, 2016
Bought this as a gift for a family member that took a knife skills class at Sur La Table and loved working with this knife in the class
Kristen K on Mar 15, 2016
Have other shun knives and really like them.
Frances S on Mar 14, 2016
Great knife, works for all purposes in the kitchen. Nothing says excellence like Shun!
Ravi A on Feb 21, 2016
love the product
Allan A on Feb 15, 2016
I like Shun knives
MELANIE C on Feb 12, 2016
I love really good kitchen knives and I like the versatility of a 6" chef knife. Always wanted to try a Japanese knife. Here is my first.
Giovanni B on Feb 12, 2016
Shun are great knives and chose it for a gift
Katherine M on Feb 12, 2016
I love to cook and I need new knives. I found out this is a really good company and I want to try it out. If I like it, I am going to keep adding more knives.
Annette W on Feb 12, 2016
Well-balanced, nice shaft grip size, perfect blade length
Jacqueline L on Feb 7, 2016
wanted a smaller chef knife
Travis M on Feb 4, 2016
Recommendation from a knife skills class at my local Sur La Table.
Marcella O on Jan 31, 2016
Use in our kitchen
JACK K on Jan 30, 2016
I need a new knife, damascus is best and now I can afford it with this sale.
Brian C on Jan 27, 2016
The price
sergio o on Jan 13, 2016
Envy. I had previously purchased one for my son and realized I wanted one for myself.
Terry W on Jan 5, 2016
I currently have a Miyabi fusion knife which I love and wanted to try something along the same lines of Asian blade but western like handle.
Stella C on Jan 5, 2016
We liked the weight and feel of these knives
Robert B on Jan 3, 2016
Quality workmanship
JOSE Z on Jan 3, 2016
This knife has good reputation, and it is on sale now.
YongMin K on Dec 30, 2015
A great value. I am very pleased with Shun. I own the 9" Shun Serrated Bread knife and it is the best bread knife I have ever used.
Dunyia S on Dec 30, 2015
I have the SHUN 8" and paring knife and LOVE both of them so much I could not resist this addition. Best knives ever!
Barbara W on Dec 29, 2015
Because of the VGMAX steel and KAI cutlery is a U.S. based company with outstanding Customer service.
I am not a cook, Chef, just a consumer who has used many KAI products over the years, if they make it, it is good or they will make it right.
Michael P. Bassler
Michael B on Dec 28, 2015
I tested several knives at the store and this one felt the best.
Karyn O on Dec 27, 2015
I have one and am giving this one as a gift
Christine H on Dec 26, 2015
My wife attended the Knife Skills class and this Chef Knife worked best for her.
Erin M on Dec 26, 2015
My Husband Wanted it for Christmas
Dominick N on Dec 21, 2015
Shun --The most wonderful Chef's knife. Purchased it for a gift for a lady who LOVES-LOVES-LOVVVEEEES IT!
Susan H on Aug 27, 2016
50 years ago I swung a hammer for a living, your tools are your lifeblood, buy first class and built first class, buy second class, build second class. Buy second hand tools build second rate projects and replace tools three time as often for a triple disadvantage.
Geoffrey S on Aug 20, 2016
Shun Classic Chef knives--->are for right handed users???

I just bought an 8"" Shun Chef knife. I want to make sure that shun knife is for both left & right handed users?
A shopper on Oct 27, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Because Shun knives have a D shaped handle, they are meant for right handed users. In some cases, a Shun knife can be special made for a left handed user
Does this knife have a full tang?
Liu Han T on Nov 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes - Shun Knives are either classic full tang or full composite tang
My son has the classic 10" and the 8". I want to add another for birthday..Any suggestions?
A shopper on Jan 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would add the 6" Nakiri (I love this knife for chopping vegetables and gave it to my son for Christmas) or the utility knife. Both are great all-purpose knives.
Is the 8" referring to the blade or the entire knife length on the Shun Classic?
Manuel on Dec 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The working part of the blade is 8" in leng. These knives stay sharp longer and cut beautifully.
I like these knives so much I bought a set for my sister last Christmas.
Is the handle wood or plastic?
A shopper on May 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Both. The shun classic handle is made out of pakkawood, which is a engineered hardwood veneer product infused with plastic and pressure-treated.
Is this knife for left handers or right handers? Or both?
A shopper on Jan 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's a right handed knife.
 

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