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Shun Classic 6-Piece Knife Set with Bamboo Block

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  • Includes 8-inch chef's knife; utility knife; paring knife; sharpening steel; taskmaster herb shears; and bamboo storage block with extra slots
  • Made from special VG-10 stainless steel clad with 16 layers of high-carbon stainless steel on each side
  • Patterned, layered surface; stunning look of Damascus steel with added rust resistance
  • D-shaped Pakkawood handle; stainless steel end cap; ergonomic offset stainless steel bolster
  • Limited lifetime warranty; made in Seki City, Japan
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This ultra-efficient six-piece set includes the three blades a typical home chef uses most: an eight-inch chef’s knife for all-around kitchen work like mincing garlic and chopping vegetables, a parer for small-scale tasks like trimming and peeling, and a utility knife for slicing meats, sandwiches, and other sundries. Also included are shears for snipping herbs or opening packages, a bamboo block to store and protect knives, and a sharpening steel. Attractively packaged in a special gift box, this set makes an unforgettable gift for newlyweds, budding chefs, or anyone who appreciates kitchen tools as beautiful as they are functional and long-lasting.
Shun knives are made from VG-10 stainless steel, specially constructed to be harder, less brittle, but also more flexible than traditional steel formulations. The VG-10 core is then clad with 16 full layers of high-carbon stainless steel on each side, for a grand total of 33 layers. These layers not only protect the VG-10, they create an exquisitely-detailed surface reminiscent of Damascus or pattern-forged steel, the kind once used for Samurai swords. As a result, these knives are simply stunning to look at--much like antique Damascus knives but without their tendency to rust. As an additional benefit, the slight patterning helps slice rather than crush delicate foods and keeps cut food from sticking to the blade. Like many Asian-style knives, these feature handles that are especially suited to smaller users. In contrast to the traditional round profile, however, Shun’s are D-shaped to prevent the knife from twisting in the hand, providing extra stability and a firm grip. The handles are made from ebony-colored Pakkawood, a fused blend of hardwood veneers imbued with waterproof resin that combines the warmth and traditional look and feel of wood with the strength and durability of plastic. The offset stainless steel bolster is designed for ergonomic comfort and maximum safety, while a stainless steel end cap provides the finishing touch. As sturdy as they are lovely, these knives are officially safe to put in the dishwasher--although they’re so good-looking you might find yourself hard-pressed to do so. Shun knives are covered by a limited lifetime warranty. --Mary Park

What’s in the Box
8-inch chef’s knife, utility knife, paring knife, sharpening steel, herb shears, and bamboo knife block.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 12.2 x 5.5 inches ; 15 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00022YJ6M
  • Item model number: DM2002B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,289 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Vyshtia TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 27, 2005
The only thing this set is missing is a Serrated Blade. I have the Shun Serrated 9" Bread Knife and although it's not used as often as my Chef's Knife and Paring Knife, it's still essential to have a good serrated blade for cutting bread and the like.

Shun knives are beautiful creations period. Since I'm Asian, I love the tradition look and feel of this Japanese knife. I love the beauty of the blade and the dark, polished, Pakkawood handle. The unique "D"-shaped, Wood handles are preferable. The shape fits my hand perfectly, and the wood does not get slippery when wet - providing a very secure hold. The steel is of utmost quality and sharpness. Do not put this blade into any old electric knife sharpener! Electric knife sharpeners are made to put one angle on any blade. These blades come with a 16 degree angle and you don't want to be changing that angle. There are electric knife sharpeners that can sharpen these knives, but you'll have to do some research and find out which ones can be a fit with these knives. I prefer to hone with a sharpening steel and manually sharpen with a stone if necessary (and I don't see it being necessary to touch it to a stone any time soon). The blade is sharp straight off the factory and as Alton Brown says - it's the sharpest straight out of the factory edge as he's ever seen.

These knives are more expensive than most, but I think it's definitely worth it. To have the sharpest, most beautiful knife around - it's no contest. If you are on a budget, build your collection slowly. It's been said that there are only 3 knives that are the absolute basics for any kitchen: A 8" Chef's Knife (or some kind of similar, large-ish chef's knife), a Paring Knife, and a Long Serrated blade for cutting bread and larger items.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Dave on March 15, 2005
I bought this set for my significant other at Christmas. I looked around at Wusthof, Global, and a few others but liked the unique look and feel of these better. I also figured these would be more comfortable and easier to wield for a female. The end result is that she really enjoys them. Although she has fairly large hands for a woman, the handles fit her nicely.

The knives come very sharp and hold their edge for a long time. It will be interesting to see how well they take to a professional sharpening. Overall, I am happy that I purchased this set.

There is one caveat. I also do quite a bit of cooking and have large hands. After using the Shuns for a couple of months, I have come to the conclusion that the Wusthof Grand Prixs fit me better and feel sturdier. I cannot really justify having two sets of expensive knives around the house, so we will be keeping the Shuns. My advice: Go to Sur La Table or Williams-Sonoma and handle the knives yourself. Feel the weight, notice the handle shape, and decide what fits you best. There are so many quality manufacturers of cutlery now that it is hard to go wrong with any of the selections.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Antonio Arce Arenales on October 12, 2011
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The knives are excellent, as is usual for Shun knives. However, the bamboo block does NOT have the Shun logo (it is a plain bamboo block), and the shears are NOT the Shun Taskmaster Shears -no nutcracker, no bottle opener, no bone cutting indentations. In fact, I got the Shun Herb Shears DM7100 instead. My advice: get the knives, shears, and block separately so you get exactly what you want. The few dollars you "save" by ordering the combo are definitely not worth it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Steiner on August 1, 2009
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I'll be honest. I lusted for these knives. I just didn't want to pay $350.00 for this set. However one day I found a timed Gold Box deal on the knives for $199.99 and I snapped them up without the normal spouse check before spending that much money. The spouse has since approved of the purchase.

These knives are incredibly sharp. They use a different steel, VG-10, and are sharpened to a 16-degree angle, much sharper than the normal 22-25 degree angle of most knives. If it matters to you these are also the knives that are used and endorsed by Alton Brown.

One final point. Shun provides lifetime free sharpening for these knives, including return postage. Just ship them to Shun and they will be sharpened. The knife set comes with a honing steel that has a 16 degree guide built into the honing steel. Be sure not to sharpen or hone the knives using normal sharpeners or honing systems. They are set to a different angle.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anat on January 8, 2007
I loved my Shun Classic 6.5" Santoku knife, so I purchased a 6-piece set (except my set came with a 9" serrated bread knife instead of the utility knife). Shun is the best! For the most control and best grip, I was told to hold the knife close to the blade with my index finger on the metal ridge. It seemed a little awkward at first, but it's very comfortable once you get used to it! I love the weight of the knives, the wooden handles, and the sharpness of the blades. They do, however, need to be sharpened occasionally (I judge this by how well they cut through a tomato). I was told that you should use the boning steel every time you use a knife, but I have never used it. Instead I've been using the MinoSharp Plus sharpener, which sharpens the knives extremely well. If I could only have one knife I'd get the 6.5" Santoku (not in this set) because I use it far more often than any other knife. However, the large chef's knife is much better for cutting large, hard foods like squashes and melons. I love the multi-functional scissors (they come apart so you can sharpen them and clean them well), and I like being able to protect my knives and keep them together in the wooden block.
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