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Shun DMS300 Classic 3-Piece Boxed Cutlery Set

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  • 8-inch chef's knife, 6-inch utility knife, and 3-1/2-inch paring knife
  • Blades with 33 layers of stainless steel for a rust-free Damascus look
  • Comfortable D-shaped Pakkawood handles; steel end-caps; washing by hand recommended
  • Traditional ergonomic offset bolsters; comes gift boxed; made in Japan
  • Measures 15-3/5 by 7-2/5 by 1-2/3 inches; lifetime warranty
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Product Description

This high-utility, high-quality cutlery set comes gift boxed with an 8-inch chef's knife, 6-inch utility knife, and a 3-1/2-inch paring knife. Made in Japan, the knives feature VG-10 high-carbon stainless-steel blades with 16 layers of stainless alloy for their Damascus clad appearance. A beautiful line of cutlery, this pattern features the look and benefits of Damascus steel, yet without rusting problems. The blade profile of these knives reduces sticking and results in less damage to the food being cut, as well as faster prep times. Stainless-steel end caps and traditional ergonomic offset bolsters add to their utility, and black laminated PakkaWood handles give the knives maximum user comfort. Handwashing provides best care and the set comes backed by a lifetime warranty.

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.

Product Details

Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 7.4 x 1.7 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000139H82
  • Item model number: DMS300
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,125 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Kane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2005
The best knives I've ever owned, bar none. They come with a razor edge and are easy to re-hone with just a few strokes on the Kershaw-Shun steel (well worth purchasing to accompany this set). The damascus pattern and perfectly crafted profile slice through darn near anything (food-like anyway) with ease. I also got a 9" scalloped slicing knife and sharpening steel to round out the set. The weight and balance are perfect. They are designed for right-handed chefs with a d-shaped handle so if you are a leftie they may not be as comfortable or easy to use.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ahearn on May 9, 2007
I purchased a set of these for my brother and sister-in-law last year for their wedding and almost kept them for myself. They raved about the quality of the set so I finally purchased my own and can say without a doubt that these are the finest made knives that I have ever owned. One word of warning, these are sharp! I was a little too eager when I was unpacking the knives and cut my hand wide open. Three stitches later, I was prepping my dinner. Great cuts, well balanced, and beautiful to look at.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Mowbray on December 30, 2009
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I have a set for myself had them for 3 years now. They only need to be sharpened once a year and the company will put a factory edge back on it for free, just have to ship them to them. If anyone is looking for a set of knives these are the ones you buy once and never have to buy another set in your life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kent on June 19, 2010
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I originally thought about getting a full set with a cutting block, but at the end of the day these three are sufficient for my daily use. The key is that they are very sharp and provide a firm grip. The box is nice, but it's not for storing the knives after use. I ended up getting a few plastic knife covers to protect these knives from damage and accidents.
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31 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Perryworks Interactive on June 5, 2012
First off, let me clarify that I have knife skill training and I am coming to this review from the professional space. I have owned this set for about 3 years now.

Generally I love Japanese knives for their sharpness. They are made in different forging method than European style knives. The metal treatment and its carbon contents are different and with it you can expect a different elasticity profile and different susceptibility to rust and chipping. These knives have a blade angle which is far sharper than what you would find at your regular European style knives. As prescribed, these should NEVER go into the dishwasher and should be cleaned and wiped dry promptly after use. (Not only for the blade's sake but also for the wood handle!)

Initially they are deadly-sharp, accurate and a pleasure to work with. If you don't fillet your own fingers, you would be delighted to find out how easily they can make a paper-thin carpaccio out of everything you throw at them. Unfortunately, this unique construction also means that they become dull much faster than normal (European style) knives. In short time they also get microscopic chipping along the blade edge (like a used shaving blade), which further disrupt their abilities. In between uses I sharpen with Shun steel to help them recover some of their sharpness temporarily. Unfortunately there is so much chipping damage to the edge every 3-6 months that they go through professional sharpening (for me at least, I do cook a lot).

Sharpening costs aside, the real problem here is that due to their unusual blade angle (I think it's 16°) they cannot be sharpened like a European knife.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zags 5593 on November 7, 2009
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I received these as a birthday gift. I'm a Chef at a Nice resturant and these knives are great. My coworkers also use them. I couldn't be happier.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David L. Warnock on August 23, 2007
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Had a hard time deciding to spend so much money. Glad I did. Have purchased several more. Don't expect to ever use anything else. Buy them you'll be glad you did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cyrus3456 on October 17, 2013
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Overall I'm very happy with the quality of the edge and the steel. The handles are good when dry but could use some grip improvement when soapy or when covered in juices. The angle of the edge and the thinness of the spine make these great food cutting tools. They get used daily and I have owned them about 16 months.

The utility knife gets used more than the other two. It's small enough it can be used like a paring knife but large enough it can also chop most fruits/vegetables/meats. The chef knife gets used on the larger foods such as melons, winter squash and pineapple. The paring knife is too short for many of the things I cut such as mangoes and large tomatoes so it doesn't get used as often. The one things these knives are terrible at cutting is cheese. The texture on the side of the blades makes them stick to the cheese.

I have experienced no chipping, nicks, rusting or pitting on the steel. Those who have chipped blades probably sharpen them themselves or by someone who is also not using the right sharpening tools. When my Shun knives need sharpening they will go back to Shun for their free sharpening service. I do hone the knives as needed but definitely not every use and they haven't been sharpened since they arrived.

When wet and soapy they are VERY SLIPPERY because of no finger guard and a smooth handle, so be careful. When dry these knives don't have any grip problems.

These knives will stain if you leave fruit juices on them so follow the instructions and hand wash them after use. By stain I mean a slight cloudy appearance on the side of the blade which makes them look used but has not affected the cutting performance.

I have dropped the utility knife a few times and have been pleasantly surprised at its ruggedness.
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