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Shun Premier Essential 7-Piece Block Set

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  • 7-Piece block set; includes 4-inch paring knife, 6-1/2-inch utility knife, 8-inch chef's knife, 9-inch bread knife, honing steel, kitchen shears and knife block
  • Knives feature layered Damascus steel with a striking, hand-hammered finish known as 'Tsuchime' in Japanese
  • Knives feature hand-hammered finish reducing drag when cutting, keeping foods from sticking to the blade of the knives
  • Premium pakkawood handle nestles comfortably into the curves of the palm and allows for a variety of comfortable and secure grips
  • Knives are dishwasher safe; hand washing and air drying recommended; wipe block with damp cloth, air dry; limited lifetime warranty
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  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 5.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B003A7YUGK
  • Item model number: TDMS0700
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Product Description

A great starter set for anyone setting up a first-time kitchen, this seven-piece block set provides an array of useful everyday knives. The collection consists of a 4-inch paring knife, a 6-1/2-inch utility knife, an 8-inch chef's knife, and a 9-inch bread knife, as well as a honing steel, a pair of kitchen shears, and a knife block to keep everything neatly organized. Overall, the knife set measures 14-3/5 by 5 by 12 inches.

As part of Shun's Premier line, the each knife features a VG10 steel blade, clad with 32 layers of stainless Damascus, then beveled for lateral stability and incredible precision. The hand-hammered finish not only adds intriguing visual appeal, but it also creates a hollow-ground surface, which reduces knife-drag when cutting and prevents food from sticking to the blade. The knives also come equipped with premium Pakkawood handles in a walnut finish, which offer a comfortable, secure grip. As a sleek and stylish finishing touch, Shun embossed its logo on the end cap of the knives' handles. The high-quality knives can safely go in the dishwasher, but for best results, washing them by hand and letting them air dry is recommended. The knife set 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

Customer Reviews

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Thin slicing a tomato or onion is a breeze.
Cut and Run
The are both extremely sharp, well balanced, and comfortable in hand.
Langley
If you want the best, get yourself some Shun knives.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Langley on July 25, 2012
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I have been using this knife set for a little over a year now. I purchased these to treat myself to a truly nice set of knives after years of using an "ok" set of knives. I almost always prize function over form when making purchases, but these knives are so attractive that I allowed myself to choose this set based primarily on looks. And I have not been dissapointed in that regard. After a full year of moderate use, they still look spectacular. These are beautiful knives. The chef's knife and the bread knife are the stars of this set. They are nearly perfect. The are both extremely sharp, well balanced, and comfortable in hand. The kitchen shears are also fantastic. They are very heavy-duty, very sharp, and the separable halves make clean-up a snap. However, these knives are not perfect and I do suffer from a bit of buyer's remorse. The blades on these knives are very, very thin. This is good for ease of cutting, but on the medium size knives (like the utility knife), I find the blades a little too flexible at the tip. I have bent the tip out of true on a few occasions. On the medium and smaller size knives, I find the handles a little too small for my hand (I'm an average size adult male). I also find it odd that the paring knife is shaped like a miniature chef's knife. It is good for small chopping tasks, but this limits its maneuaverability in delicate tasks.

Best Features:
-Beautiful knives with both Damascus steel and hammered finishes
-Pakka wood (resin-infused real wood) handles combine the natural look of wood with the easy maintenance of plastic and are more durable than either material alone
-Razor sharp blades ...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TH on June 30, 2011
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You could spend more for knives but few people would ever need anything better than these. They're super sharp, beautifully made and perfectly balanced. I'll enjoy these knives for the rest of my life, I'm sure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JTEmilio on June 20, 2012
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Pros:
- Extremely Sharp (obviously)
- Great craftsmanship (except... read below)
- Beautiful knives (not as dark toned as the photos)
- Good ergonomics
- Wood block is heavy, sturdy, and aesthetic
- Shears are fantastic and are separable for easy washing

Cons:
- Shipped the chef knife with 2 obvious chips in it. I was planning to return it, but my girlfriend had already used and washed the knife, so I shrugged it off. After some extensive use (despite frequent honing), the chips are creating small snags in the blade which can only be made so right by honing. I will need to sharpen soon after 1 month of ownership.
- The utility knife shipped with a bend in the tip, and a large scratch on the metal inlay. The bend was easily fixed, but nothing I can do about the inlay.

Recommendation:
- I highly recommend this set for people that don't mind a little maintenance for a sharp blade.
- I do not recommend these knives for households with touchy feely children.
- I invested in a nice bamboo block and bamboo oil, I recommend owners do the same. I also recommend getting a few cheap knives for brute force, inedible materials and any harder materials one might use a knife for. Hone frequently.
- For those of you who are a bit hesitant to own a sharp set of knives, I found one of the best features of this knife is that the sharpness gives you time to respect it. The blade cuts so easily and quickly, you can take your time with whatever you're cutting, and still cut faster than the average knife. Work slow. It will still cut fast and give you more comfort with the blades.
- ONLY hand-wash these knives with a gentle citrus free soap.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DrJ on January 17, 2012
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This set of kitchen knives are truly in a league of their own. After having tried a multitude of Western and traditional Japanese knives, this is without a doubt, the MUST have addition to any kitchen. This adds a whole new dimension to cooking. With the right care and use, these knives are sure to last a lifetime. The blades on each knive cut effortlessly through any food item. Trust me, I have put the knives through their paces! Even surprised with the bread knife - not a crumb is dropped slicing through it. I would challenge any review that has any fault with these knives. Even the price. You pay for what you get, and that is, an unrivalled kitchen utensil.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerry L. Smith on June 25, 2012
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The knives are beautiful and the sharpest knives I have ever used. They glide through vegetables like the vegetable was not there. I have never seen knives polished like these knives. It is a mirror finish. Even the wood block is of premium quality. Very happy with the purchase.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cut and Run on February 2, 2012
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These are first class blades. They are thinner than US/European blades I have used and this makes them more maneuverable. Thin slicing a tomato or onion is a breeze. Although the blades are thinner, the knives have plenty of heft are a extremely well balanced. Handles fit hands near perfectly. The photos here do give an idea of the beauty of these knives, but they are even nicer up close. The only drawback I see is that there are limited types of knives available in the "Premier" style.
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