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Shun Classic 6-Piece Knife Set with Bamboo Block
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- Includes 8-inch chef's knife; utility knife; paring knife; sharpening steel; taskmaster herb shears; and bamboo storage block with extra slots
- Made from special VG-10 stainless steel clad with 16 layers of high-carbon stainless steel on each side
- Patterned, layered surface; stunning look of Damascus steel with added rust resistance
- D-shaped Pakkawood handle; stainless steel end cap; ergonomic offset stainless steel bolster
- Limited lifetime warranty; made in Seki City, Japan
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Shun knives are made from VG-10 stainless steel, 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 high-carbon stainless steel on each side, for a grand 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, these 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. Like many Asian-style knives, these feature handles that are especially suited to smaller users. In contrast to the traditional round profile, however, Shun’s are D-shaped to prevent the knife from twisting in the hand, providing extra stability and a firm grip. The handles are 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. As sturdy as they are lovely, these knives are officially safe to put in the dishwasher--although they’re so good-looking you might find yourself hard-pressed to do so. Shun knives are covered by a limited lifetime warranty. --Mary Park
What’s in the Box
8-inch chef’s knife, utility knife, paring knife, sharpening steel, herb shears, and bamboo knife block.
Top Customer Reviews
Shun knives are beautiful creations period. Since I'm Asian, I love the tradition look and feel of this Japanese knife. I love the beauty of the blade and the dark, polished, Pakkawood handle. The unique "D"-shaped, Wood handles are preferable. The shape fits my hand perfectly, and the wood does not get slippery when wet - providing a very secure hold. The steel is of utmost quality and sharpness. Do not put this blade into any old electric knife sharpener! Electric knife sharpeners are made to put one angle on any blade. These blades come with a 16 degree angle and you don't want to be changing that angle. There are electric knife sharpeners that can sharpen these knives, but you'll have to do some research and find out which ones can be a fit with these knives. I prefer to hone with a sharpening steel and manually sharpen with a stone if necessary (and I don't see it being necessary to touch it to a stone any time soon). The blade is sharp straight off the factory and as Alton Brown says - it's the sharpest straight out of the factory edge as he's ever seen.
These knives are more expensive than most, but I think it's definitely worth it. To have the sharpest, most beautiful knife around - it's no contest. If you are on a budget, build your collection slowly. It's been said that there are only 3 knives that are the absolute basics for any kitchen: A 8" Chef's Knife (or some kind of similar, large-ish chef's knife), a Paring Knife, and a Long Serrated blade for cutting bread and larger items.Read more ›
The knives come very sharp and hold their edge for a long time. It will be interesting to see how well they take to a professional sharpening. Overall, I am happy that I purchased this set.
There is one caveat. I also do quite a bit of cooking and have large hands. After using the Shuns for a couple of months, I have come to the conclusion that the Wusthof Grand Prixs fit me better and feel sturdier. I cannot really justify having two sets of expensive knives around the house, so we will be keeping the Shuns. My advice: Go to Sur La Table or Williams-Sonoma and handle the knives yourself. Feel the weight, notice the handle shape, and decide what fits you best. There are so many quality manufacturers of cutlery now that it is hard to go wrong with any of the selections.
These knives are incredibly sharp. They use a different steel, VG-10, and are sharpened to a 16-degree angle, much sharper than the normal 22-25 degree angle of most knives. If it matters to you these are also the knives that are used and endorsed by Alton Brown.
One final point. Shun provides lifetime free sharpening for these knives, including return postage. Just ship them to Shun and they will be sharpened. The knife set comes with a honing steel that has a 16 degree guide built into the honing steel. Be sure not to sharpen or hone the knives using normal sharpeners or honing systems. They are set to a different angle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is no secret that Shun knives are excellent. I've had this block for a few years now and the knives are just as sharp as they were new. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nick
A sharp knife, looks good, is too heavy, spent a lot of freight transport. Read more
I bought this package for me and my wife in 2011. We both like to cook and when we first got the set, we loved them. However, they are not durable. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Mike
We love these knifes, super sharp and beautiful blades. We use them every day. Be careful they will cut you if you get carelessPublished on January 29, 2014 by Jeffrey Travis Butler
These knives definitely cut: they are nice and when you get them out of the box, they are laser sharp. The problem - this doesn't last. Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Dreamstimer
Boyfriends BD Gift early since he was complaining that the set we had would not cut tomatoes.
He loves them and I know in future I will add on to this set. Read more
These knives are just wonderful! I had NO idea how important GOOD knives were until I went to my local chain cooking store and they showed me Shun knives and had me cutting up a... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Marriah
This knife set is nothing short of incredible! The knives are so sharp that it is almost scary. We tested the chef knife the first day that we got this set and we hardly had to... Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Beck