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  • Made from VG-10 stainless steel clad with 32 layers of high-carbon stainless steel
  • Patterned, layered surface; stunning look of Damascus steel with added rust resistance
  • Black laminated PakkaWood D-shaped handle provides maximum comfort
  • Made in Japan; Lifetime Warranty
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Product Description

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 then 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. As an additional benefit, the slight patterning helps slice rather than crush delicate foods and keeps cut food from sticking to the blade. This Shun Classic nakiri knife is additionally hollow ground, meaning that the dimples on the side of the blade enhance the sharpness of the edge and improve it's resistance to sticking to food as you slice. Made in Japan.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 15.4 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Shun
ASIN B00DELYDYQ
Item model number DM0742
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4.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #51,504 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#11 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories > Asian Knives > Usuba & Nakiri Knives
Date first available at Amazon.com June 14, 2013

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By 2manytoyz on January 15, 2014
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This is the sharpest knife I have ever used. I really love it. Light, well balanced. 5.5" is a bit short for some of the items I want to cut with it. The small size makes it really easy to use. This is my first Japanese knife. My Cutco were sharp when new but nothing like this thing! I can slice the softest items like over ripe tomatoes. I think if I had better skills I could peal a crape with it. We shall see now long the edge holds up. It's my understanding these have a very steep edge and the steel has to be strong to handle this steep angle. So far I love it. Time will tell how well it holds up. Oh I noticed something else. We like shredded lettuce which is hard to do with a knife for a novice. I can cut the head of lettuce up super thin with this. I also noticed the lettuce can store longer before the edges start to get brown. I mentioned this to a chef friend. He said this is because the lettuce is being cut instead of ripped. His point was rip up some lettuce by hand and cut some with a knife. The ripped lettuce will turn brown sooner. Same thing happens with the sharpness of the knife. I performed a test with my Cutco and this knife. The results, the Cutco sliced lettuce turned brown before the lettuce cut with the Shun. From my research Shun seemed to offer the best product for the price. There are supposedly better knives out there but I am not willing to spend the extra $ on those. I think I got the best product for the price and product line is extensive to keep the knives matching each other.
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By T. K. on April 3, 2015
I work in commercial kitchens. This is not a low maintenance blade, but if upkeep on the edge is maintained then it's fantastic. Not an entry level knife.
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I am writing this review after using the knife for 3 months. The blade was very sharp when it arrived, and I have treated it very kindly (like all my other knives) but after a week, the edge was pitted and looked "chipped" in several places. I thought I had done something wrong, so took it to a professional to have the edge restored. A few uses later, the same thing was happening. Now, where the pits are along the edge, there are rust spots. I have many very nice, expensive knives, and I treat them all like babies... I do, however, use them. They don't just occupy a magnet on the wall so I can admire them, which is probably where this knife belonged as it WAS beautiful when it arrived. Maybe this knife was just a "bad one" or part of a "not quite perfect lot" but I am really bummed about it. Even the logo has worn off after being hand-washed only with only a sponge and dish soap.
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Shun Classic are superb knives. They're expensive but well worth the money. We were using good Henkel knives before we were gifted with a set of these. We couldn't believe how much better these are so we've augmented our set with a few additional knives including this one. The Nakiri is one of my favorites for chopping vegetables. Our sons all prefer the Shun classic knives as well; all 3 of them are the chefs in their families!
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By Linda on May 26, 2014
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I have a really large collection of knives. I used to by the German blades, until I got my first Shun. SO MUCH SHARPER!
Since the Asian blades are different than the German type, be sure to buy a sharpener that's made for that steeper angle.
Now I buy only Asian style knives, and most are made by Shun.
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Beautiful knife -- layered Damascus steel, wood/resin D-handle, etc.. But let's move on to the cutting part.

A nakiri knife is specialized for cutting vegetables using a primarily vertical motion. And right out of the box, this is very sharp. Goes through onions like there's no tomorrow, goes through tomatoes without squashing them. You can make the most delicate, paper-like slices if you know what you're doing. The scallops really seem to help prevent the cut food from adhering to the blade, so you can actually get up some good speed without stopping to clean the blade much.

Attractive, ultra-sharp, well-balance. A very good value, as this is a "for life knife".
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I'm vegan, so I don't need all of the knives in the block. This is a great knife for chopping or dicing vegetables. I also love the "Shun Classic Chef's Knife 4.25-in." and I use the "Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF" to keep my blades razor sharp (slicing up paper is not a problem with these knives and the Spyderco sharpener.
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I own a few shun knives and this recent addition has become my favorite for every day use. Stays sharp for a long time.
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