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Born of the ancient samurai-sword-making tradition and hand-finished for precision and beauty, Shun Classic is an ideal choice for anyone buying their first Japanese knife or 50th. The high-quality line of cutlery makes a worthwhile addition to any chef's arsenal of tools--it's used by professional chefs and home cooks alike. Produced in the widest variety of specialized styles, the Classic line features both traditional European blade shapes and innovative cutting-edge designs.
Shun Classic's amazingly sharp blade is famous for both edge retention and ease of sharpening. Each blade has a core of VG-10 "Super Steel" with a Pattern Damascus cladding of 32 layers of high-carbon stainless steel--16 layers on either side. While the wood grain pattern enhances the knife's beauty, it also adds durability and stain resistance, and reduces friction when cutting.
|Blade Material:||VG-10 hardened Japanese steel cutting core, clad with 16 layers of SUS410/SUS431 Pattern Damascus stainless steel on each side, for a total of 33 layers of metal.|
|Cutting angle:||16 degrees per side (comprehensive angle 32 degrees). This is sharper than European knives, ground to 20-22 degrees per side.|
|Handle Material:||PakkaWood (resin-impregnated hardwood); D-Shaped handle available in right and (by special order) left-handed versions.|
|Sharpening recommendations:||Weekly honing to maintain the blade, sharpening as needed with professional sharpener or Asian-style electric sharpener.|
Leveraging a 90-year history of superior workmanship, Shun knives are precision-forged in Japan by renowned blade manufacturer KAI. Using technologically advanced processes, a VG-10 "super steel" core is clad with 16 layers of high-carbon stainless steel to produce a rust-free Damascus-look blade. The Damascus detailing not only enhances the knifes aesthetic appeal, it also prevents morsels from sticking and helps avoid damaging foods. Forming a comfortable D-shaped hold, a fused blend of hardwood veneers and resin comprise the unique ebony Pakkawood handle. A traditionally offset stainless-steel bolster protects knuckles while a steel end-cap finishes the piece. Although dishwasher-safe, hand washing is recommended. This product includes a lifetime warranty. -- Amy Arnold
It slices through even the crustiest of breads with ease, without crushing it at all.
I've used knives from Global, Kai and Kasumi, and up against Henckels and Wusthof there is just no comparison.
The shape fits my hand perfectly, and the wood does not get slippery when wet - providing a very secure hold.
If you want a good bread knife this is it. As a baking and pastry instructor who focuses on artisan breads, I've never used a better slicing knife for crusty loaves. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Chris French
2-3 strokes and you are through the bread even when it has a harder crust. Terrrific!Published 3 months ago by Charles Degutis
I have many Shun knives. This one completed my set. I think it is a little expensive to cu bread but, like my other Shun knives, I love it.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a really high quality piece of cutlery. Heavy steel, interesting pattern on the blade, and well made. My wife loves it.Published 4 months ago by Steven G.
Blade - good
Handle - excelent
Overall quality - above expectations
I cannot make a propper review now, it has only been 1 month since I have it, but so far it's... Read more
I love all my shun knives. I'm not sure it's worth it for a bread knife though. I also wish I had bought the offset handle. I find my hand runs into the cutting board.Published 6 months ago by 2manytoyz
I've been slowly building my collection of Shun Classic knives - this one was a great addition. Keep in mind that these are 9" knives, so you'll need a deep wooden knife block... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brett