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Shun Premier Chef's Knife, 8-Inch

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  • 8-Inch chef's knife; the perfect all-purpose knife for chopping and slicing both meats and vegetables
  • Features layered Damascus steel with a striking, hand-hammered finish (known as 'Tsuchime' in Japanese)
  • Hand-hammered finish reduces drag when cutting, keeping foods from sticking to the knife blade
  • Premium pakkawood handle nestles comfortably into the curves of the palm and allows for a variety of comfortable and secure grips
  • Dishwasher safe; hand washing and air drying recommended; limited lifetime warranty
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Product Description

Size:8 Inch

A must-have for anyone who loves to cook, this all-purpose chef's knife by Shun Premier comes in handy for a variety of food-prepping tasks. Use it to chop, slice, dice, and more--everything from carrots and potatoes for a savory stew, green peppers and onions for a homemade pizza to fruit for a summer salad. The knife features a large 8-inch blade with a slight curve that facilitates smooth rocking back and forth when cutting, and its large surface area allows for scooping and transporting ingredients from the cutting board. Durably constructed from layered Damascus steel, the knife's blade comes with a hand-hammered finish that not only adds intriguing visual appeal, but that also creates a hollow-ground surface, which reduces knife-drag when cutting and prevents food from sticking to the blade. The knife also comes equipped with a premium Pakkawood handle in a walnut finish, which offers a comfortable, secure grip. As a sleek and stylish finishing touch, Shun embossed its logo on the endcap of the knife's handle. The high-quality knife can safely go in the dishwasher, but for best results, washing it by hand and letting it air dry is recommended. The 8-inch chef's knife measures 13-1/5 by 4/5 by 1-4/5 inches and carries a limited lifetime warranty.

From the Manufacturer

Shun Premier
Gorgeous hammered-finish blade with PakkaWood handle.

Premier Series

Why Buy Shun Premier

Calling to mind the handcrafting techniques of ancient Japan, the Shun Premier possesses the grace and beauty of hand-forged knives of old. Every blade is made of VG10 steel, clad with stainless Damascus, then ground for lateral stability and incredible precision. Where the steels meet, a wavy line called a Hamon is formed--similar to when samurai swords are tempered using a clay-baking technique. The striking hammered finish ("Tsuchime" in Japanese) acts as a series of hollow-ground cavities, reducing drag when cutting as well as quickly releasing food from the blade. The rich walnut PakkaWood handles nestle comfortably in the hand, and the Shun logo embossed on the bottom adds balance and beauty to the knife, whether in the hand or at rest in the block.

NSF certified for use in commercial kitchens.

Highlights

  • 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 to 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
  • Hammered finish, or "Tsuchime," acts as hollow ground cavities, reducing drag when cutting
  • Comfortable oblong handle nestles in the palm and provides control, keeping the knife secure in the hand during use
  • 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

Detailed Features

Kasumi Method of Knifemaking

Kasumi is a traditional Japanese style of knifemaking in which an extremely hard core of high-carbon steel is clad--that is, sheathed or covered--with an exterior jacket of another steel. The somewhat "softer" exterior cladding protects the inner cutting core. In Japanese, kasumi means "mist" and is so called because the exterior steel can have a lovely misty appearance when compared to the harder cutting core.

Kasumi construction provides an ultimate mix of properties: an extremely sharp edge and ease of sharpening. This clad construction is similar to how samurai swords are traditionally made.

Hammered Tsuchime Finish

In Japanese, Tsuchime (Tsoo-CHEE-may) simply means "hammered". It does two things: gives the knife a look that is reminiscent of the handcrafting techniques of ancient Japan; and creates tiny pockets of air that act as hollow-ground cavities to reduce drag and quickly release food from the blade. Shun's gorgeous new Premier line features a hand-hammered tsuchime blade finish.

Damascus (Suminigashi)

Many Shun cutlery lines are characterized by the beautiful Damascus patterning on the blades. In Japan, this is also known as suminigashi, or ink pattern, because of its resemblance to the undulating patterns made by ink in water. To create this style of blade, a cutting core of VG10 is clad on each side with 16 layers of Damascus steel, made up of SUS410 and SUS431 stainless steel. Then the blades are bead-blasted to reveal the elegant, waved pattern.

In addition to its beauty, the Damascus has two purposes. First, it protects and supports the extremely hard cutting core. Second, it helps the blade glide through food even more smoothly. You will find Damascus cladding on knives in our Classic, Ken Onion, and Premier series.

PakkaWood

PakkaWood is a premium handle material made of genuine hardwood impregnated with resin. The resin makes it moisture resistant, strong, and durable. Sanding and buffing brings PakkaWood to a beautiful gloss finish. As with natural wood, no two pieces of PakkaWood are exactly alike.

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)
Handle Material: PakkaWood (resin-impregnated hardwood); oblong ambidextrous handles
Sharpening recommendations: Weekly honing to maintain the blade, sharpening as needed with professional sharpener or Asian-style electric sharpener


Product Details

Size: 8 Inch
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B003B66YKA
  • Item model number: TDM0706
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,828 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful By J. Cozine on August 15, 2011
Size: 6 Inch Verified Purchase
Like all Shun knives, this is truly a piece of art and a pleasure to work with. It holds an edge exceptionally well and has peerless balance. The 6" size is perfect for 90% of prep tasks. I get much less hand fatigue when performing large amounts of prep with this knife versus the more traditional 8" model. So why 3 stars? This knife, like every piece of the Premier series I've purchased, seems to have very poor quality control. The first two I received had multiple defects including chips in the blade (both), marks in the finish (both) and a cracked handle (just one). The third was acceptable, but was still imperfect (small nick in the handle). Unacceptable for a product in this price category. This is the last Shun Premier series I will buy. In the future I'm sticking to the Classic series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By phill ecker on June 6, 2012
Size: 6 Inch Verified Purchase
Ive been a chef for several years now and bought my first shun too replace the crappy $25 forster knives that could never hold an edge for more than week. I own several shuns now and they are my pride and joy,not only are they razor sharp but they hold an edge for a long time, even with daily use in a resturant kitchen. The premeir series are absoluty beautiful in person. These knives are sharp! Be warned show the knives respect and use proper technique s accordingly. First day I got my knife the head chef was playing with my 8 inch model cutting tomatoes, when he accidently ran the blade across his hand deep enough for the fat in his hand to bloom out. The cut was so clean he didnt even feel it he said.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inked Phoenix on November 29, 2013
Size: 6 Inch Verified Purchase
Like some, I collect different kitchen knives as I see fit, all high quality and well reputed. I'd started with Wustof years ago. I have a nice high carbon knife I ordered direct from Japan, and several other knives with each having a specific purpose. I worked in kitchen retail with cutlery as my focus and received a Shun "Classic" paring knife as a "try me" piece. At one point is was the only knife I used in my kitchen. I worked with it exclusively for 4 years and it never needed sharpening (though I've had it professionally sharpened since because it seemed the thing to do). I also own the original Ken Onion Shun Chef's Knife.

The last knife mentioned, and my 8" Wustof Classic Chef's knife were too large, heavy and not super agile for my female hands. I very much wanted a 6" Chef and fell in love with the Premier the instant I saw it. Covered my female sensibilities (shiny! pretty! quality feel! really the design is amazing.), and my practical sensibilities (super sharp! durable- as known by reputation and experience! easy to handle and light as a feather!). It is an extremely impressive knife. Though it is not technically "hollow ground" the texturing design very much acts as a "non-stick" surface. The handle fits beautifully in one's hand. However, I'll point out that this knife is not exactly comfortable to hold as one traditionally holds a chef's knife (slightly on the blade) as the bolster does not have a rounded finish at the back end (as does my Wustof)- so I hold it by the handle only and it seems to work best this way, for me. I'm in love!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By patriciao on December 10, 2012
Size: 6 Inch
Simply stated, it is just the right size and shape for 90% of the average home cooks' needs. The 10% of the time when I would choose another knife would be for boning a chicken or fish or breaking down large pieces of pork, lamb or beef...otherwise, this is my go to knife!

I keep it sharp by using the Ultimate Edge 12" Diamond Sharpener regularly.

I have been using this knife for nearly 4 years and it looks and works as if it were brand new. I also prefer to store my knives on a knife magnet mounted on the wall to keep my razor sharp knives handy and safe to reach for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By karol on January 3, 2013
Size: 6 Inch Verified Purchase
I have been purchasing Shun knives for hubby for Christmas for the past few years, building a collection a little at a time. This knife was purchased during the Black Friday lightning deals at a super price. The handle isn't black like the others in his collection; however, he says he loves it and it is currently his favorite knife. I see him using it a lot. Shun knives really are the best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Junkie on February 2, 2013
Size: 6 Inch Verified Purchase
We purchased our first Shun a couple of years ago and we wanted to purchase another blade. Shun makes all of us feel like a professional chef. But the blades can be very expensive. This Shun was a great addition and it's beautiful. The price is fantastic, the blade engraving beautiful, and the hand comfort unsurpassed. Shun makes cutting and chopping fun...for those of us with two thumbs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Coulon on June 16, 2013
Size: 6 Inch Verified Purchase
They finally made a sharp stainless steel knife! I just knew they could do it someday. This knife is sharp enough to shave with. It is an artist's tool for the kitchen, thin, keen edged, well balanced, and light, it cuts soft tomatoes thin enough to read through quickly and easily. This quickly became my go-to knife for most tasks in the kitchen. Excellent knife!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robert johnston on December 4, 2012
Size: 6 Inch Verified Purchase
First, Shun is the best among the high end kitchen knives. The reason for my bias is the Damascus steel and the edge I can put on it to restore it to better than factory condition.

The Shun Premier Chef line is a culinary tool, work of art. It's also surgically sharp.
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