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Shun DM0715 Classic 2-1/2-Inch Bird's Beak Knife

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  • 2-1/2-inch Japanese bird's beak knife; ideal for peeling, paring, or chopping
  • Precision-forged high-carbon stainless-steel blade; holds a razor-sharp edge
  • Clad with16 layers of stainless steel to produce a rust-free Damascus look
  • Durable D-shaped Pakkawood handle; comfortable offset steel bolster
  • lifetime warranty; manufactured in Seki City, Japan
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Shun DM0715 Classic 2-1/2-Inch Bird's Beak Knife + Shun DM0743 Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet, 6-Inch + Shun DM0750 Honing Steel
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000Y7KMW
  • Item model number: DM0715
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,987 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

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A member of the stylish Shun Classic line, this durable bird’s beak knife deftly handles intricate paring and peeling tasks. The knife’s compact size makes it easy to handle while a uniquely arched blade curves to meet the shape of many fruits and vegetables. Measuring 2-1/2 inches in length with a piercingly sharp tip, this tool is a favorite when precision is a priority.

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 knife’s aesthetic appeal, it also prevents morsels from sticking and avoids crushing or 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

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From the Manufacturer

Shun Classic Cutlery

Why Buy Shun Classic:

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.

NSF certified for use in commercial kitchens.

Detailed Features

  • Blade core consists of high-carbon VG-10, a Japanese super steel known for its edge retention, allowing the knives to hold their sharp edges for years.
  • Blades boast a 16-degree angle, making these the sharpest knives out of the box. This is sharper than traditional European blades, which are usually sharpened to 20-22 degrees.
  • Clad with 16 layers of SUS410/SUS431 Pattern Damascus stainless steel on each side for strength and flexibility. This metal is corrosion-resistant and easy to maintain.
  • Damascus styling adds to the beauty of the knife while the microscopic air pockets created by the cladding process reduces friction during slicing.
  • D-shaped handle fits in the palm and provides comfort and control, keeping the knife's handle secure in the hand during use.
  • Available standard in D-shaped handle styles or by special order in reverse D-shaped handle styles.
  • Pakkawood handles, made of resin-impregnated hardwood, are NSF Certified for use in commercial kitchens.
  • Produced in Seki City, Japan, the capital of samurai sword manufacturing.
  • Rockwell hardness rating of 60-61 ensures that it takes and holds its incredibly sharp edge longer.
  • Hand wash and dry recommended; limited lifetime warranty.
Specifications
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.
Bevel: Double-beveled
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.


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Shun knives are the best.
KarolH
Makes cutting out the stem ends, trimming, and peeling a dream.
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This is a really great knife.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TheSharkMMV on February 22, 2005
I have a lot of experience using various brands of kitchen cutlery, including some from relatively obscure Japanese manufacturers, and I truly believe that this is the best bird's beak knife on the market. The most important thing in selecting a bird's beak knife is sharpness, and Shun knives are certainly among the very sharpest on the market today. The only comparable knife that I have used is the Global bird's beak knife, but this one has a much more comfortable handle than the Global does. Additionally, the Shun bird's beak knife is balanced better than the Global, and significantly sharper than similar knives from Wusthof and Henckels. There is also a Shun Stainless bird's beak knife, with the only difference being the stainless steel handle. Although not every kitchen absolutely needs a bird's beak knife, I highly recommend this one for those that do want one for peeling tough vegetables such as turnips and for specialized decorative garnishing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Lewis on December 25, 2009
The bird's beak knife is often overlooked. I've never seen one included in a knife block set. Yet it has great utility and some unique properties. It's great for taking the stem portion out of tomatoes, strawberries, etc. It's also great for cutting perfect supremes from citrus. It certainly won't replace a good paring knife for all tasks, but it's a great addition to the kitchen and I use mine often.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maxwell Johnson VINE VOICE on June 7, 2009
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This is as close to perfection as I have seen in a bird's-beak knife in more than three decades of professional and home cooking. It is wickedly sharp right out of the box. I mean sharp as a razor. If your knife skills are limited, be careful. The shape of the handle is Shun's idea of perfection and I must admit it works well, especially for a right-hander. The handle is longer than most, an advantage for both balance and control.

Maintaining the edge of a curved blade like this takes a bit of skill. If you aren't entirely sure of yourself, ask a more experienced friend to show you how to do so. It would be a tragedy to damage the fine edge of this little work of art.

The downside? Like all Shun knives, it is insanely expensive. Still, you get what you pay for so go for it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CST VINE VOICE on November 12, 2007
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Great for radishes and small items where the accuracy and control of the reverse curve blade are required. Also dynamite for removing the lead seal on wine bottles. "Sharp as a Shun" should be part of the vernacular. I love this bird's beak and use it more than I had imagined I would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie A. on February 25, 2013
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This is a really great knife. Probably not for everyone but I love it. I don't do fancy garnishing but I found this knife excellent for peeling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Ferrier on April 8, 2012
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I always looked at these funny shaped knives and said to myself, "What in the heck is that for?" You know what it's for? Peeling stuff. It is great. Coring things. Digging "eyes" out of potatoes and pineapples. I can't believe I did without it before. And its a Shun. I confess, I figured I would try out Shun and see if all the positive comments were for real. They are. I am really pleased with this purchase and with Shun in general. Sharpest knives I have ever handled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phillip A. Williams on February 3, 2011
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After speaking with several professional chefs and doing extensive research on the making and production of high quality knives, I bought several of these Shun knives. I could hardly be more pleased. These knives literally slide through food. From prepping crisp vegetables to slicing heavy cuts of beef and pork these knives are fantastic.The "D" shaped grips are either left or right handed so be sure to get the right type. The 'birds beak" paring knive is teriffic for fruit and vegetables. All these knives are sharp beyound belief!And the price (which is not cheap) includes free resharpening once a year for life from the factory. These knives should last at least 3-4 generations if cared for.
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