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Shun Premier Paring Knife, 4-Inch

by Shun

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  • Handcrafted paring knife traditionally used for slicing and coring, as well as adding decorative touches to 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 allows for a comfortable and secure grip
  • Due to the handcrafted nature of this knife, blade length can vary from 3-3/4 inches to 4 inches
  • Dishwasher safe; hand washing and air drying recommended; limited lifetime warranty
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003B66YJG
  • Item model number: TDM0700
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,592 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

A useful addition to any cutlery collection, this paring knife by Shun features a narrow sloping blade measuring 4 inches in length with a piercing tip. The paring knife's compact size allows for easy handling--ideal for tasks that require meticulous control and precision. Use it for intricate dicing and trimming tasks, as well as for peeling potatoes or removing the skin off peaches, pears, and other fruit. Overall, the paring knife measures approximately 8-1/5 by 3/5 by 1 inches.

As part of Shun's Premier line, the knife features a VG10 steel blade, clad with 32 layers of stainless Damascus, then beveled for lateral stability and incredible precision. Its 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 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 end cap 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 knife 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

This knife is beautiful and very sharp.
Wenar10
I highly recommend Shun if you are looking to purchase reliable high end knives.
Casey
Complements my other Shun Premier knives.
Lauren H.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By CDees89 on February 22, 2012
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This is a gorgeous knife. As soon as it arrived I was in awe of it. I also love the handle, it fits in the hand very well, and lets you grip outside of the danger zone of the backside of your knife. The blade is razor sharp, I have no doubs that a fast swing could cleanly remove a finger (bone included).

Now to the dissapointing part of this knife. After only having the knife for about a week, I was cleaning it and tapped the side of my sink. Not hard, not even enough to make me take a second look at the knife. Then when I put it up I saw it, the tip bent, not bad, but enough to notice. Having a lot of experience with knives, I just kind of frowned and give it a light push back into place. With almost no force applied the tip snaps off. Now I'm officially upset, for a knife of this price I expect much more. Again, I shrug it off becaause it's nothing I can't have ground down. Now I'm treating the knife with kit gloves, not even so much as washing it with a rough sponge. Everything went well for about another week. Then without cause I notice the tip has begun fragmenting off. Now it's in too bad of shape to be fixed and will soon be unusable.

I sincerely pray that there was a defect in the making of the blade because I do want to give these guys another try, I absolutely love the look, feel, and function of this knife; but be warned, handle this knife like it's piece of antique china.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mike on December 26, 2011
The search is over for the finest pairing knife available. This knife is a work of art and unsurpassed for razor sharp usage. A true work of art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. L. Bennett on January 5, 2012
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Goodbye Henckel's and hello Shun! After using Henckel's knives for years, I discovered Shun. It is incredibly well balanced, light weight, and sharp...not to mention, a true work of art. It appears that Shun is the new standard in cutlery and it is well deserved. I look forward to adding to my collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Casey on January 19, 2012
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This knife is everything I expected it to be. The blade is very sharp out of the box. It can cut incredibly precisely, and requires nearly no pressure to slice. Aesthetically it is a beautiful blade as well, and will look good in any kitchen. The handle design allows this knife to be used comfortably by lefties like myself, as well as right handed users. I highly recommend Shun if you are looking to purchase reliable high end knives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fishgriller on May 22, 2012
I love my new Shun paring knife. I use my knives a lot, for many catered events.

It makes quick, and easy work, of all of my paring needs. The 16 degree cutting angle, on each side, and the flat grind, with the quick taper , make cutting veges, and fruit, a pleasure. The Isuchime ,or hammered look ,helps the knife to be smooth, and to slide easily, thru the food, it is cutting.

This knife has a great feel when in use ,and is easy to handle, and sharpens easily . I give this knife ,my highest recommendation, for ease of use, workmanship , and steel quality.

I hope this review ,will help you to make an informed, buying, decision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Eastman on January 7, 2012
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Love Shun knives, especially their upper end lines. This one's edge is so finely tapered so deep into the knife you can actually hear the thinness of the blade - and that thin blade cuts superbly. In fact, it slices cheese better than most supposedly dedicated cheese knives. HIGHLY recommended. ...However, if you are rough on knives or like to throw them into a dishwasher, this won't be a knife you'll like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cora G on January 5, 2013
This excellent product speaks for itself! Slowly building our collection of shun knives we have never been let down and will continue to purchase these beautifully crafted functional works of art!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ron on June 3, 2012
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If you love to cook, do yourself a favor and try a few Shun knives. I have owned many expensive German knives such as Henkles. I still use them and think they are great, however, Shun are twice as sharp. These knives have set a new bar.
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