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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.

Click here to read more about this knife's construction.

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

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  • Originating in Seki City, Japan’s historical center for manufacturing samurai swords, Shun knives are heirs to a seven–century tradition of superior workmanship
  • Shun Classic’s tasteful and contemporary design features beautiful Damascus–clad blades and D–shaped ebony PakkaWood® handles
  • 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

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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—click for warranty info
  • Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan

Care & Usage Show

  • Hand wash only
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Customer Reviews

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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 12, 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 30, 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 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!!
June 25, 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
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 26, 2016
Awesome!!!!
This is a great product because it is amazingly sharp and lasts forever!!!!!!
February 18, 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.
March 22, 2011
Perfection
This knife is absolutely wonderful. The feel of it in your hand works at all angles. The knife itself is so sharp I can't even imagine together dol The knife itself is so sharp I can't even imagine together dull. It's really awesome. I liked it so much I bought three more of other sizes.
April 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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
 

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
Shin has a good reputation and I purchased a chef knofe for my son and he loves it!
Mary Lu B on Dec 12, 2018
Recommended by a friend
Elaine A on Dec 10, 2018
Shin has a good reputation and I purchased a chef knofe for my son and he loves it!
Mary Lu B on Dec 12, 2018
A good friend asked for a great 6” knife with a good handle on it. This looks good!!
BONITA B on Dec 11, 2018
Recommended by a friend
Elaine A on Dec 10, 2018
They are the best darn knives I have ever owned and used. Every person that comes to my house comments on how awesome they are and wants to buy them.
Madalyn B on Dec 9, 2018
I have ordered a Kramer Damascus knife before and hope that this Shun is of the same quality.
MARY B on Dec 7, 2018
I own one (my favorite knife) and am getting one for my daughter.
Lori C on Dec 6, 2018
A chef friend told me these are great knives!
Maura A on Dec 5, 2018
He needs a good intermediate size knife.
Leonard S on Dec 4, 2018
I liked that it was lighter than the European knives. My wife is pretty petite and would benefit from the lighter weight.
James C on Dec 2, 2018
Quality for a good price
Apurva R on Dec 2, 2018
I use Shun knives at home and wanted to give it as a gift. They are awesome.
Laurel R on Nov 29, 2018
Already have one and love it. This one is for a gift to someone who admired mine.
kayla k on Nov 26, 2018
Was looking for a sharp quality knife in my price range. This seems to be the one.
Paula F on Nov 26, 2018
good reviews
Sheree M on Nov 26, 2018
Excellent Value
Judith F on Nov 26, 2018
My husband has wanted one forever!
Toni G on Nov 26, 2018
Looks smooth
Anthony K on Nov 26, 2018
Shun is the quintessential knife of knife connoisseurs. This is a great deal as well. When cooking is your craft, you need the best tools for the job and this knife is it.
Mary H on Nov 25, 2018
Read online that this is an excellent knife. Replacing my current, dull primary knife.
Laura R on Nov 25, 2018
Wanted to purchase a high quality chef’s knife on sale
as a gift for a young adult just starting out as a home cook.
Joan M on Nov 25, 2018
for my boyfriend for Christmas :)
Alexandra S. on Nov 25, 2018
brand and price.
Harry H on Nov 24, 2018
I like my Shun knife, giving these as gifts
Pamela P on Nov 24, 2018
Sale.
Tyler L on Nov 24, 2018
I have a Shun 8" chef and pick it to use before all my others.
Betty H on Nov 24, 2018
A relative, who is a chef, requested this knife as a gift.
Ameerah E on Nov 24, 2018
Knife quality
Patricia F on Nov 24, 2018
Love the quality of these knives - although they sometimes chip the customer service is awesome and they will always replace if needed.
SUZY G on Nov 23, 2018
Need great knives in the kitchen and they were on sale
Alice P on Nov 23, 2018
THE BRAND AND ITEMS WERE RECOMMENDED BY A CHEF I KNOW AND RESPECT.
Susana d on Nov 23, 2018
excellent reviews
Anastasia V on Nov 23, 2018
Beauty
Michael M on Nov 23, 2018
like it
Tonghe Z on Nov 22, 2018
I love these knives, wanted a 6 inch chefs knife for a long time. Your sale came along and I purchased, this is a great price for this knife
Nancy M on Nov 17, 2018
Your price was better then if I used coupons and insensitives from WS.
Elvin S on Nov 12, 2018
I have other Shun knives and have been very pleased with them.
MaryAnn B on Nov 7, 2018
I have one
Janice R on Nov 4, 2018
I love mine!
Lauren B on Oct 28, 2018
Love, love, love these knives. This one almost completes our set!
Mary K on Oct 16, 2018
I was given one as a gift and I love it. Now I'm gifting it too.
Mary S on Sep 14, 2018
I purchase this knife before and it's my favorite.
Eric D on Sep 3, 2018
rating, brand, size
Robin C F on Aug 13, 2018
It was a beautiful gift from a friend's bridal gift registry
Linda R on Jun 20, 2018
I have another Shun knife and I love it. I hope this one is as good.
Jessica F on Jun 14, 2018
personal preference of the groom
connie p on Mar 29, 2018
prior excellent experience with Shun knives and similar excellent experience with SurLaTable
J O on Mar 14, 2018
sharpness
Eric E on Mar 13, 2018
I have this knife and it's wonderful. Shun is an excellent brand.
I chose this for a gift - because I know it will be well loved and well used.
Judy W on Dec 21, 2017
best knife I have ever had
Matthew H on Dec 11, 2017
We have 3 Shun Classic knives and we love them! I wanted to share this knife with my friend.
Jolynne C on Dec 11, 2017
A good friend asked for a great 6” knife with a good handle on it. This looks good!!
BONITA B on Dec 11, 2018
They are the best darn knives I have ever owned and used. Every person that comes to my house comments on how awesome they are and wants to buy them.
Madalyn B on Dec 9, 2018
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
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
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.
Do onions stick to it while cutting?
A shopper on Jul 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I think that the sharpness and quality of the blade far outweigh any stick-to-blade problem. However if you want a blade that does not permit stuff to stick I suggest you check out the blades that have holes built into them.
 

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