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Shun DM0723 Classic 6-Inch Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife

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  • 6-inch chef's knife for slicing, chopping, dicing, and more
  • 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
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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-inch blade of this chef's knife works great for slicing, chopping, dicing, and more. Like many Asian-style cutlery, the knife's handle is 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, 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 chef's knife measures approximately 10 by 2 inches and carries a limited lifetime warranty. --Mary Park


Product Information

Size:6 Inch
Product Dimensions 11.6 x 2.5 x 0.8 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Department unisex
Manufacturer Shun
ASIN B00022YFB6
Item model number DM0723
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4.8 out of 5 stars 449 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #36,881 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#131 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories > Chef's Knives
Date first available at Amazon.com May 5, 2003

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By Arthur T. Szalkowski on April 18, 2005
Size: 8 Inch
I'll start by saying that I own both this knife and the Wusthof Classic 8" chef's knife, and I love them both to death. I tend to use the Shun more for cutting up poultry and such, because the steel is harder (less steeling when doing heavy work); and I use the Wusthof more for mincing and dicing veggies (much easier to use the bolster grip when doing these tasks). Quite frankly, in my humble opinion, when you are in this price range, comfort and aesthetics are going to be bigger factors than relative sharpness. Provided you clean and maintain the knives properly, you will be putting them in your will to a deserving heir.

Note to sharpness snobs: NO stainless knife can touch an old-fashioned carbon steel knife for sharpness. If you don't believe me, go and see what your butcher uses. The problem with old-fashioned carbon steel knives is that they are very high- maintenance and will look ugly after a while no matter what you do.

Personally, if I had to choose, I'd take the Wusthof solely on the basis of my personal feel and the fact that the blade is a little easier to hone than the Shun. I am just glad I don't have to choose, but if you do, I can't recommend strongly enough getting out to a store and handling the knives before you buy. When you're in this neighborhood, about the only way you can choose badly is by not buying the knife that feels best in your own hand. You're going to get a top-quality product whichever way you go.
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For many years, I have used similar knive Fuji knife with great satisfaction because it also has stripe pattern design on its blade. In my opinion, cheap knives are a waste of time--good knives are a joy forever. By "cheap" I mean badly crafted knives, not inexpensive knives, because it's always possible to find a moderately-priced knives that outperforms knives double or triple the price. So far I have had no trouble with this knife. It cuts clean and smooth, which is really what I require in a knife. From vegetables, fruits and some thin meats I was cutting for a stir fry, it did it all. The handle felt sturdy in my had, not cheaply made or like it was going to break if I over worked it. All in all it's not the best knife in my kitchen but it's a pretty good one. I'd buy it again if it was part of a set at a reasonable price. I didn't feel the price it's listed is worth one knife- it's not THAT good.
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Size: 8 Inch
I hesitate to make negative reviews on Amazon due to some of the responses and comments I have gotten which are unprofessional and rather hurtful. So sometimes I find myself not making a review at all if I did not like a product. If someone disagrees with my assessment, I kindly ask you to disagree with me in a professional manner, and I will likewise show you the same courtesy and respect. After all, opinions differ and this is my personal opinion. I do not claim to be right...just a guy with an impression formed from his own experience. Disagreement isn't a crime and I welcome mature discussion whether it is in agreement or disagreement with my opinions! ☺

This was one of the first higher end knives I purchased, and if I could do it over again I probably would not have purchased it (or I would have purchased it used to save a little money). It isn't that the knife is terrible...the handle is comfortable, the cosmetics are pleasing, and it outperforms many big box knives...BUT, it is priced higher than other knives with the same level of performance. For example, a Tojiro 8in Chefs Knife costs less than a third the price of this Shun, and, while not as cosmetically pretty, I think it performs much better and that Tojiro produces better VG-10 steel than Shun does. If this Shun was around $60-80, it would be an awesome addition to the kitchen. But at this current price range, I think there are better options available and that potential buyers may want to examine other options before pulling the trigger on this Shun.

Being a bit of a knife nut, I have purchased many different style kitchen knives over the years. Some have been less than $5 and some over $500.
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Size: 8 Inch
After using a few of the Global knives, with the 7" oriental chef's knife being my everyday knife, I decided after a marathon day of chopping that I wanted someting a little heavier. After holding a few 10" chef knives, I decided these were bigger than I needed, and settled on the 8" chef as my new workhorse. It came down between the Global GF series 8", a Ryussen, and the Shun. After holding and test-driving all three, I settled on the Shun. It is by far the best combination of sharpness (wow!), weight (slightly heavier than the Ryussen and the Global), handle comfort (you don't notice the offset handle when you hold it, until you pick up the Ryussen or Global and it's not there, and then you miss it terribly), and price. In fact, for the rather small price difference between this beauty and the Global, I wouldn't even consider not spending it. Of course, it doesn't quite have the balance of the $1300 Hattori they also had on hand, but this is a great knife that makes me want to stop writing this review and go out and slice something. Highly recommended.
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