Shun Classic 7-Piece Block Set with Bamboo Block
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- 8-inch chef's knife, 9-inch bread knife, 3-1/2-inch paring knife, 6-inch utility knife, sharpening steel, Taskmaster shears, 11-slot bamboo block
- VG-10 high-carbon stainless-steel blades with 16 layers of stainless alloy for Damascus look
- One-piece stainless steel bolster, tang, and end-cap
- Black laminated PakkaWood handle with D-shaped profile for comfortable grip
- lifetime warranty; made in Japan
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|Item Dimensions||9 x 17 x 8 in||—||5.12 x 14.62 x 12 in||—|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel||VG-MAX Core with 34-layers Damascus Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
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Seamless stainless steel construction produces this stunning collection. Features the look and benefits of Damascus steel, yet without it's rusting problems. Storage block is made from bamboo; an abundant, renewable resource.
Top Customer Reviews
The handle itself is comfortable and the balance feels natural. Although the manufacturer says that these are dishwasher safe, I would suggest immediate hand washing after use and complete drying before returning it to the block.
Me: "Hi, I was quartering a chicken last night and a large piece of the blade chipped off."
Operator: "Yeah, you're not supposed to quarter chickens with our knives."
Me: "What? Why?"
Operator: "Because they're precision slicing knives."
Me: "But I was precisely slicing my chicken!"
Operator: "Doesn't matter; we have a disclaimer on our website"
Me: "So what am I supposed to do with this thing?"
Operator: "You can send it to us at your cost and we can test it for defects."
Me: "And if there are no defects to be found?"
Operator: "Then we could send it back to you in a few weeks."
Me: "I presume at my cost as well..."
Operator: "Of course."
Me: "Super, thanks!"
End of conversation.
I found a guy at the Ferry Building Farmers Market here in San Francisco who can hone the blade down to a more uniform edge at a cost of losing a ¼ inch off the entire length of the blade and ruining the Damascus finish that ultimately kindled my desire for these knives.
This was a very hard lesson learned, and one I will never make again. The fact is, these knives are beautiful, but impractical. I would liken them to a Ferrari; beautiful, fast and they get a lot of attention, but use them for day to day tasks, and you're inviting devastation; like when you discover that chip...
We did add two extra shun classic knives that we bought separately to make it a nine piece set, more for fun and enjoyment than anything else. These were the santoku and the hakiri. My wife is Japanese and grew up in Osaka, and she remembers as a child watching her mom use a hakiri or something similar in the kitchen to cut, chop, slice and do just about anything else. I've always wanted a santoku, and although it performs the same function as a chef knife, I thought the shape was cool so I said what the hell, why not ? I now use the santoku more than the chef, mostly because it seems to "feel" and balance better in my hand, and the slightly curved edge makes chopping and dicing veggies easier. Both the hakiri and santoku fit nicely into the block.
The handles are made of beautiful and sturdy pakka wood and balance well in my hand (I'm right handed). They are D-shaped and designed for right handed people, although I've read reviews where lefties have enjoyed using them as well. I do not know if they make left handed knives with the D-shape in the opposite direction.
Most importantly, these knives are SHARP. I needed a couple of band-aids the first two weeks and quickly learned to respect the sharp steel. Much better now ! Some people do not like the "Damascus" design on the blade, and I understand that. But I do like this design, I think its groovy looking. You can also send the knives back to Oregon once a year to be professionally sharpened, you pay shipping there, and they pay shipping back. Not a bad deal.
All in all, I could not be happier with these knives. Next on the list will be the carving set and the steak knives, and Christmas is less than six months away ! I hope my wife is reading this (hint, hint).