Shun DM0716 Classic 4-Inch Paring Knife
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- 4-inch Japanese paring knife; ideal for peeling, paring, or chopping
- Precision-forged high-carbon stainless-steel blade; holds a razor-sharp edge
- Clad with16 layers of stainless steel to produce a rust-free Damascus look
- Durable D-shaped Pakkawood handle; comfortable offset steel bolster
- Lifetime warranty; manufactured in Seki City, Japan
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|Blade Material Type||Carbon||Carbon||Steel||Stainless steel||Steel||High Carbon Stainless Steel|
|Color||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Silver||Silver||Metallic||Silver|
|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 11.6 x 0.8 in||2.5 x 11.6 x 0.9 in||0.5 x 8.5 x 1.12 in||0.62 x 8.25 x 1 in||0.62 x 8.38 x 1.12 in||0.75 x 8.25 x 0.88 in|
|Material Type||Forged||Pakkawood||Stainless Steel||Steel||Steel||Stainless Steel|
From the Manufacturer
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.|
A member of the stylish Shun Classic line, this durable paring knife deftly handles intricate dicing and trimming tasks alongside its requisite peeling and skin-removal role. The paring knifes compact size makes it easy to handle and thus a favorite when control and precision are a priority. The tool features a narrow sloping blade measuring 4 inches in length with a piercing tip.
Leveraging a 90-year history of superior workmanship, Shun knives are precision-forged in Japan by renowned blade manufacturer KAI. Using technologically advanced processes, a VG-10 "super steel" core is clad with 16 layers of high-carbon stainless steel to produce a rust-free Damascus-look blade. The Damascus detailing not only enhances the knifes aesthetic appeal, it also prevents morsels from sticking and avoids crushing or damaging foods. Forming a comfortable D-shaped hold, a fused blend of hardwood veneers and resin comprise the unique ebony Pakkawood handle. A traditionally offset stainless-steel bolster protects knuckles while a steel end-cap finishes the piece. Although dishwasher-safe, hand washing is recommended. This product includes a lifetime warranty. -- Amy Arnold
Top Customer Reviews
The second sample did not have the dent or bend in the blade. However, it had overgrind and undergrind in the same places as the previous knife, though not so bad that it was ruined. Finish on the endcap was worse than the first sample, but I can live with that so I kept it.
If you get one without these issues (or if you don't care about them), then I would give it 4 stars. Shun grinds their knives very thin behind the edge and usually has very good fit and finish. The blade is not too thick, and I really like the length. It is one of the better paring knives in this price range (~60). One thing I don't care for is that Shun's VG10 does seem to be more brittle than others (I have about a dozen knives in this steel from Spyderco, Henckels, and Tojiro). The other reason I docked points is that the Forschner/Victorinox paring knife is thinner, gets just as sharp, costs ten times less, and seems to have better quality control. Oddly enough, the Forschner also comes in better packaging (not that it should matter).
I use paring knives to peel the skin off of fruits and vegetables. For example, I take my thumb and place it on the top of the skin of the fruit while I push the knife forward and slice a thin layer of skin from my hand. Did I say hand? I meant fruit. But, this knife is so sharp that you can't exactly 'feel' the knife edge as you peel like you would with other less-sharp knives.
+++ Sharp, sharp, sharp. Can peel very thin layers of skin off of fruit and vegetables.
++ Comfortable to hold.
+ Nice to look at. It's nice to have a good looking tool.
!!! Sharp, sharp, sharp. Can peel very thin layer of skin off of your hands and fingers.
!! Poor quality control. This is my 2nd DM0716. I returned the first for the same problem. Both knives had sharp end caps. The metal on both end caps were razor sharp. I ended up taking a small screwdriver and smoothing down the sharp, edge on the end cap.
! Slower to use. Since I can't 'feel' while I'm peeling like I can with less-sharp knives, I have to go much slower.
This knife is really not practical for the price. You buy this knife if you want to keep it for your lifetime. Otherwise, a $10 on sale Henckels will last a while and you can buy 9 of them for the same price. Another reason why this knife makes me question my sanity.
The Short Story:
A comfortable, nice looking, sharp knife. It peels fruit, vegetables, and skin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you don't, a cheaper knife will treat you just fine