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Shun Elite Steak Knives, Set of 4

We traveled to Japan to create a line of knives that would revolutionize kitchen cutlery—Shun Elite is the result. The blade begins with a unique core of SG2 ‘super steel’ powdered metal that’s hardened to 64-66 Rockwell (compared to the 56-58...Read More

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We traveled to Japan to create a line of knives that would revolutionize kitchen cutlery—Shun Elite is the result.

The blade begins with a unique core of SG2 ‘super steel’ powdered metal that’s hardened to 64-66 Rockwell (compared to the 56-58 Rockwell of most kitchen knives), resulting in an exceedingly sharp and smooth edge.

It’s then clad with two layers of SUS410—a softer stainless steel that provides strength, flexibility and corrosion protection. Elite knives stay sharp several times longer than comparable stainless cutlery.

Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan, the center of ancient samurai tradition, the Elite boasts a stunning design directly inspired by the aesthetics of samurai swords, down to the smallest detail.

Hand wash. Lifetime warranty. Steak knife set presented in a bamboo box. (Catalog, website, and select stores only).

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Shun Elite is a stunning combination of traditional Japanese styling and cutting edge technology. While every aspect of Shun Elite displays the exquisite attention to detail reminiscent of ancient samurai swords, the advanced SG2 powdered steel cutting core offers unparalleled performance, with the sharpest edges possible. SG2 is also known for its incredible edge retention. Shot-blasted stainless steel cladding provides strength, flexibility, and corrosion resistance, as well as reducing drag when cutting. Where the steels meet, a wavy hamon is formed, suggestive of the clay baking techniques on ancient swords. The ambidextrous PakkaWood handles, graced with an inlaid samurai faimy crest, are lightweight and nimble in the hand, making food prep enjoyable again.
  • SG2 powdered steel cutting core
  • Clad with matte finish SUS410 stainless
  • 16-degree convex ground blades
  • Lighweight oblong PakkaWood handles
  • Traditional Japanese styling.
  • Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan.
  • 64-66 Rockwell
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Can you explain the differences with the Shun Steak knives - why is one set of 4 more expensive than the other? Thanks.
A shopper on Dec 5, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Handcrafted by expert artisans in Seki City, Japan, Shun Premier knives feature a high-carbon VG-10 steel core clad with 16 layers of Damascus stainless steel. Their ultra-thin blades are cut to a 16° angle, and their edges retain a lasting razor-sharpness for precision and control.

The striking, hand-hammered finish (tsuchime in Japanese) reduces drag when cutting and keeps food from sticking to the blades. The graceful curves of the elegant walnut PakkaWood handles allow for a variety of comfortable grips. Hand wash.

We traveled to Japan to create a line of knives that would revolutionize kitchen cutlery—Shun Elite is the result.

The blade begins with a unique core of SG2 ‘super steel’ powdered metal that’s hardened to 64-66 Rockwell (compared to the 56-58 Rockwell of most kitchen knives), resulting in an exceedingly sharp and smooth edge.

It’s then clad with two layers of SUS410—a softer stainless steel that provides strength, flexibility and corrosion protection. Elite knives stay sharp several times longer than comparable stainless cutlery.

Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan, the center of ancient samurai tradition, the Elite boasts a stunning design directly inspired by the aesthetics of samurai swords, down to the smallest detail.

Basically the difference is in the design and the type of steel used. The Shun Elite Knives will have a slightly higher rockwell hardness, so they will maintain their edge longer. This is why they are a little more expensive than the Premier knives.
 

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