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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.|
Shun knives, made in Japan by KAI (Kershaw Cutlery), are quite possibly the sharpest knives on the market. The acute 16 degree angle of Shun edges won't bend or waver due to the hardness of the VG-10 steel core used in their construction. Clad with 32 layers of high-carbon stainless steel (16 on each side), the blades resist rusting and maintain their razor edge for a considerable time. The handles are made of a resin and hardwood fusion known as PakkaWood, and form a "D" or slight tear-drop profile with a side ridge that most comfortably fits a right-handed user. Covered by a lifetime warranty, Shun knives are dishwasher-safe, but are best cared for when washed and dried--carefully--by hand. --Ann Bieri
This is great for sandwiches; you can use one knife to do everything well.
As others have pointed out, this is a versatile knife useful for everything from bread & sandwiches to fine cuts on soft fruits & vegetables.
Slicing ripe tomatoes, spreading condiments, cutting sandwiches and even cutting crusty bread.
I have several Shun knives, and have found some of the more oddball models to be pretty useless. This utility knife gets frequent use, however. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Criticalthinker
Great for just about anything from bread to fruits and vegetables. One thing to be aware of, although the pictures make the knife look fairly small, it is close to the size of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charles Degutis
Knife purists are no doubt going to pan this oddity from Shun. But it has become the "go-to" utility knife in my kitchen. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BobbyG
I love knives and have tons of all the best, this is actually my favorite right now, really great edge, nice balance, easy to sharpen.Published 5 months ago by docrambo
If you do a lot of deli work this is the baby for you. It cuts sandwich crusts (fresh or toasted) without putting excess pressure on the knife therefore you do not end up squeezing... Read morePublished 7 months ago by GTH
i bought this for my husband, but i am actually obsessed with it. It's not too big and bulky, which is great, esp since we use it as an every day knife. easy to clean. Read morePublished 9 months ago by raggarwal77
Works great, beautiful blade, handle is comfortable. Great knife for cutting sandwiches. Cuts like a hot knife through butter. Lol.Published 10 months ago by ckron
I purchased this knife mainly because of a number of great reviews however after using it a number of times I don't understand what the big deal is. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Vic M