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Shun Classic 6-1/2-Inch Stainless-Steel Nakiri Knife
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- 6-1/2-inch Nakiri knife for slicing and dicing fruits and vegetables
- Stainless-steel blade clad with 16 layers to produce rust-free Damascus look
- Durable D-shaped PakkaWood handle ensures a firm grip
- Comfortable offset steel bolster offers maximum safety; hand wash and dry
- Measures approximately 11 by 2 inches; limited lifetime warranty
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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.
- 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.
|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.|
|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.|
Made from VG-10 stainless steel, Shun knives are specially constructed to be harder, less brittle, but also more flexible than traditional steel formulations. The VG-10 core is clad with 16 full layers of SUS410 high-carbon stainless steel on each side, for a total of 33 layers. These layers not only protect the VG-10, they create an exquisitely detailed surface reminiscent of Damascus or pattern-forged steel, the kind once used for Samurai swords. As a result, the knives are simply stunning to look at--much like antique Damascus knives but without their tendency to rust.
The 6-1/2-inch blade of this Nakiri knife works great for slicing and dicing, and like many Asian-style knives, its handle is especially suited to smaller users. In contrast to the traditional round profile, however, Shun handles are D-shaped to prevent the knife from twisting in the hand, which provides extra stability and a firm grip. The handle is made from ebony-colored PakkaWood, a fused blend of hardwood veneers imbued with waterproof resin that combines the warmth and traditional look and feel of wood with the strength and durability of plastic. The offset stainless-steel bolster is designed for ergonomic comfort and maximum safety, while a stainless-steel end cap provides the finishing touch. Hand washing the knife is recommended. The Nakiri knife measures approximately 11 by 2 inches and carries a limited lifetime warranty. --Mary Park
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P.S. I am a big Amazon user and never send things back. It was a breeze to return the wrong knife that I bought and my account was refunded the NEXT day!! Another great reason to buy from Amazon. :)
Being a finicky guy, I went around to the typical local snobbish house-goods stores (williams-sonoma, sur-la-table, etc.) to check out the feel of nakiris from every brand and most of the lines they had available and the Shun classic was hands down the winner. The deciding factor was something that nobody's bothered to mention, but the weight of this knife is around 8oz, whereas every other model I tried out had a weight around 5oz. The weight of a knife is a personal preference, but being ~50% heavier than the other ones out there made the others all feel absolutely flimsy and toy-like and I'm of the opinion that a cleaver ought to feel like a cleaver and have a bit of heft to it. If that's a sentiment you agree with, then this is the only nakiri out there you should bother with. For those concerned about weight, keep in mind that 8oz still isn't really objectively heavy, so much as it is pleasantly substantial.
Five stars for what it is, but a star off for it's lackluster condition on delivery.
The blades consists of multiple layers of steel for hardness, strength, durability and corrosion resistance. The blade is kept at a 16 degree angle compared to a Global's 26 degree blade angle. This means the knife is SERIOUSLY sharp! However it does not hold its edge as long as a knife with a greater blade angle. This means you MUST use a honing steel every so often. In the professional kitchen I use a steel every or every other day to maintain a razor sharp edge. In a home kitchen honing every week or two weeks should be sufficient. The Damascus finish is extremeley attractive and durable due to the high level of carbon in the steel. This also means it is prone to etching. If you are cutting something with high acid content such as lemons be sure to wipe the blade carefully after each use. Also, this knife is a Nikiri or a Japanese vegetable knife. It slices, dices, and minces very well! As far as versatility goes this knife is not high up on the list. If you are looking for the ultimate veggie knife however, look no further.
By all means buy this knife! You will love it and use it more then any other. Just keep in mind the responsibilities that go with a knife of this caliber. Take care of this knife and it will last you a lifetime!