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Shun Premier Santoku Knife, 7-Inch

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List Price: $225.00
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  • 7-Inch santoku knife (also meaning 'three virtues') used for slicing, dicing and mincing
  • 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
21 new from $134.00 2 used from $109.00

Bundle Available: Two Shun Premier Chef's Knives
Buy the 7-inch Premier Santoku knife and the 5.5-inch Premier Nakiri knife together. The 5.5-inch knife with the ultra thin blade is perfect for slicing vegetables and fruits paper-thin. While the the 7-inch Santoku knife (meaning 'three virtues') is the go-to Chef's knife for slicing, dicing and mincing. Great as a set for you or as a gift. Shop now

Frequently Bought Together

Shun Premier Santoku Knife, 7-Inch + Shun TDM0742 Premier Nakiri Knife, 5.5-Inch + Shun Premier Paring Knife, 4-Inch
Price for all three: $415.90

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 0.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003B66YK0
  • Item model number: TDM0702
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,418 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

Styled after the classic Japanese cook's knife, this ultra-convenient Santoku knife features a sharp 7-inch blade that comes in handy when preparing a wide range of cuisine, anything from fine Asian to modern American. Use it to quickly and effortlessly chop, cube, slice, dice, and more. Its wide blade also makes it possible to scoop cut pieces and transfer them from the cutting board to awaiting pots or bowls. Overall, the Santoku knife measures approximately 12-1/5 by 4/5 by 1-4/5 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 Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The knife is well balance, beautiful, and sharp.
Mason Huang
I did extensive research into German or Japanese knives and I am very glad I went Japanese!
Thomas Fagan
The handle is stunning and feels great in your hand.
cw

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By George Black on August 11, 2010
Like almost everyone who buys this kind of implement, I have many examples of quality cutlery including Wusthof, Henckels, Shun, and Kyocera as well as assorted Chinese and German examples. As this was a birthday present for myself, I wanted something really special. I was first attracted to the Ken Onion Santoku and then to the Shun Premier 8 inch chef's knife. The Ken Onion design is obviously beautiful, but I found its balance awkward and its handle surprisingly small and uncomfortable. It came down to the Premier Chef's Knife and the Premier Santoku. It was a very close call, but I found the santoku to have a slightly better balance. The hammered finish on top of the blade is not just attractive, it effectively releases thin slices from the side of the blade as you work. The handle is also very distinctive and beautiful, slightly bulkier and more contoured than the Classic Shun and providing excellent comfort and control.

In my judgment, the Premier Shun santoku is just about a perfect chef's knife. Is beautifully made for practical use. As a bonus it is simply beautiful to look at. I have plans already to buy a slicing knife in the Premier line.

Highly recommended...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. Griffis on July 12, 2010
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The Shun Premier Santoku Knife is a great knife. It is well built and very high in quality. I bought it to thinly slice items like onions--and it works well. I can make near paper thin slices that fall right off the knife. It is exceptionally sharp, which for me is great. My wife, however, nearly cut the end of her finger off because she didn't give this knife the proper respect. So, like all great knives, you need to be careful.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Abe the on April 26, 2012
BOTTOM LINE
This knife is made with the similar technique as traditional samurai swords. After months of moderate use on the toughest items, my Shun Premier Santoku hasn't dulled, chipped, scratched, or otherwise marred its initial perfect finish. I know what I want daily in the kitchen and by my side in the Zombie apocalypse. However, consider looking for a better price elsewhere.

SHARPNESS AND STRENGTH
I use my Shun Santoku to debone poultry, and it cuts through skin, muscle, and ligaments with ease. I also use it on harder to cut things, such as pineapple, which I would normally use a serrated knife for. Cutting through the outside of a pineapple is like cutting through wood, and this does it with only gentle application of force - no sawing required. After months of use on only the touch stuff (I use different knives for pairing, etc), this knife still hasn't dulled noticeably.

BEAUTY
This knife is a thing of beauty - it has a beautiful wooden finish on the handle, and the knife has this pretty blotted ink look, referred to in the description as Damascus. I love to show off my $160 knife to all of my friends.

PRICE
Surprisingly, the price on Amazon is not the best price I've seen for the blade. You may want to check your local high-end home-goods or kitchen-goods store like Crate and Barrel. I received mine as a gift, so I don't know where my sister bought it, but I've seen it for as low as $160 or possibly even $150. Still, I would consider ordering from Amazon, simply because shipping to my door is so convenient.

SHARPENING
Shun allows you to sharpen their knives easily by sending it into a discounted, professional service center for professional sharpening and restoration.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Eric C on December 21, 2012
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I purchased this knife in the summer of 2011. Loved it right out of the box with it's wonderful aesthetics and decent edge. I have always used Japanese gyutos and decided to purchase this knife on the Lightning Sale. After about 3 months of use, which included three touch-ups on #4,000 & #8,000 Glass Shaptons, I decided to retire it from work. It would not keep an edge for very long. Also, if are planning on moving from an 8-Inch Chef knife to this, I would advise you not to in a professional kitchen. Eventually, with day-in and day-out use, the natural comfort level with larger knives will happen. Since then, I have been using it only at home with moderate use and it has been great with it's short length, comfortable height and light weight. With all that being said, I would definitely recommend this knife or any Shun to the average home cook, as these knives will keep an edge for a good while in that setting. In a professional kitchen, there is a ton of real Japanese cutlery out there to choose from, Shun not being one of them.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Fagan on July 7, 2011
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First off, let me start by giving a little background on myself. I am a chef by hobby and a tech guy by trade. I did extensive research into German or Japanese knives and I am very glad I went Japanese! This knife is AMAZING! It is extremely sharp, right out of the package. For the 4th of July I made my first gumbo which took A LOT of slicing and chopping. This knife glided through everything I threw at it. I am in love. This knife will be an heirloom I will pass on to my children.

I also highly suggest getting the Shun honing stone because it has a guide that helps with honing it. The Shun knives are angled at a 16 degree edge where most other knives are at a 22.
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