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Shun VB0701 Sora Utility Knife, 6-Inch

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  • 6-Inch Utility Knife for all purpose tasks by Shun
  • Sora knives feature a VG10 cutting core with stainless steel on either side, creating a san mai edge that provides stain resistance
  • Blades have a mirror-polished Japanese 420J blade upper and a 16-degree cutting edge on either side
  • Made with a traditional handle design in easy to care for textured TPE polymer
  • Hand wash only; made in Japan
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The perfect blade for multiple tasks around the kitchen, our 6-Inch Sora Utility knife is a workhorse. Sora, in Japanese, means "sky". Let your imagination take you-the sky's the limit with what you can do with your Shun Sora Knives. Featuring our proprietary composite blade technology that brings together a VG10 cutting edge, clad with one layer of stainless steel on each side to create a san mai edge, with a mirror-polished Japanese 420J stainless steel upper. Boasting a razor-sharp 16-degree cutting angle on each side of the blade, Sora puts all the high-performance technology where it's needed most: the cutting edge. Laser-cut, 2-sections are fit together and braze welded to permanently join them. Blade shapes and handles are designed for traditional Japanese knives, while the beautiful wavy pattern on each blade is reminiscent of Japanese sword hamon lines. Each handle is made with a textured TPE polymer handle that provides balance, and is easy to maintain. The texture of each handle provides a tacky surface when wet, making them superior to use around juicy fruits, vegetables and meat. A stunning Shun knife at an incredible price point; you can afford to have one in every style!

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Product Dimensions 11 x 0.6 x 1 inches
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Department unisex
Manufacturer Shun
ASIN B00BQ83I22
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number VB0701
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4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #57,261 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#68 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories > Utility Knives
Date first available at Amazon.com April 1, 2013

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I absolutely love these knives. The profile of the blade is great and they are really sharp right out of the box. I purchased the Santoku, 8" chef, 6" Chef, Utility, Ultimate Utility, bread knife, and pairing knife. Not only are they a great looking set of knives to display in your kitchen, but they truly do take your cooking to another level. Some people complain that the polymer handle feels cheep, but these knives are perfectly priced for what they are. The polymer grip is comfortable and its profiled it such a way that it looks great. These knives truly show the mastery knife making at work at Sora. I also have a some Wusthoff Classics, Messermeister Elites, and a set of the Calphalon Katana. The Classics and Elites I love. The Katanas not so much. These Soras are the best knives in this price range and I love them. My favorite out of all of them has to be the 7" Santoku, but all of the others are great to.

Some people say they got rust spots on these knives. Well more expensive knives have a good side and a bad side. They are great because you get better blade profiles, with a blade that holds an edge a lot longer and is much easier to sharpen, but the down side is they are prone to rust. You shouldn't just leave these knives laying in a wet sink for days like you can do with cheaper knives. You should do that with any higher end knife because they will all get rust spots. Also I can not stress this enough. Do not put these knives in the dishwasher. When you finish using them. Hand wash them in soap and water. Hand dry them really good and put them back on your knife rack. Also make sure you knife isn't wet from placing wet knives on it. Putting your good knives on a wet knife rack is a good way to get rust spots.
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Scary sharp out of the box !! The blade is beautiful. Handle has a cheaper plastic feeling but the Inox accent and the weight balance makes me forget that detail. Afterall, it is a Shun blade. Well worth the $$.
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Pretty sharp blade, but definitely not folded Japanese steel. Handle is VERY cheap, very lightweight plastic and feels un-substantial in your hand. This is a deal breaker for serious cooks. Seriously, if you are a chef do not buy this blade. Honestly this shouldn't even have the name shun on it. 3 stars because less serious cooks might not mind.
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I originally purchased a Shun knife as a splurge to myself with a birthday gift certificate. This is now my second in the same Sora "series" of Shun. Sora to this cook and aspiring knife "collector"(!) means a middle price point for the sculpted black plastic handle on these knives. It is what I looked for when I wanted another--the same grip and material--because beyond the cutting edge this is where user comfort resides.

This Shun knife is easy to use, easy to handle, and a joy to cut with. The knife itself is a VG10 cutting core with stainless steel along with a handsome multi-layered pseudo hand hammered and mirror-polished Japanese 420J blade upper and a double sided 16-degree cutting edge. Who needs serrated knives when what you really need is a knife that is razor sharp. Potatoes and tomatoes are no match for this knife, it almost glides through by itself just by touching the food!

The comfortable handle is textured PP/TPE polymer. Not slippery and easy to handle.

Now to buy the Sora Chef's and Boning knives to complete the necessary kitchen duties! And don't forget to have a proper sharpener. I used to have an electric sharpener, but became unhappy when it just did not seem to get my older knives as sharp as I might like. So these Sora knives will never see anything but the "Chef's Choice Pronto Santoku/Asian Manual Knife Sharpener" http://www.amazon.com/Choice-Pronto-Santoku-Manual-Sharpener/dp/B002JIMVS0 that I am very happy with. In fact, even those older knives that were not getting sharp enough seem sharper when run through this Chef's Choice sharpener.

Happy Cooking!
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This knife is so light and sharp it makes cutting a breeze, watch those fingers. Nice balance. After a month of use i only had to pass the blade over the sharpening stone lightly three times to get the blade the razor sharpness it came with. Great price and great knife. Recommend a sheath or wood block to place it in.
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Quick background: I own a few $100-$200+ Bushcraft/Camping/Survival knives and this was my first kitchen knife that was not made in China. Not only am I impressed with this knife, I am ecstatic. It's not often that you purchase something that you feel you got a great deal on these days, but I can say with confidence that this is a great deal. The grind is convex, which is exactly what I was hoping for (it was hard to tell in the picture). The cutting edge is laminated VG10, the same steel as my Fallkniven F1 ($125) survival knife. Potential buyers should be aware, however, this is an entry-level knife. What I mean by that is in order to get the price down to $60, they had to cut corners somewhere. The handle was an excellent place to do that. The handle is plastic and very lightweight, but it isn't cheap plastic. If they put a decent Cocobolo handle on it, the price would be $100, so I'll take this version any day. The knife arrived razor-sharp. People use that term far too loosely. I've felt people's "razor-sharp" blades in the past and have been less than impressed. Let me put it this way: this is both the only knife that I have ever been a little bit afraid of, and the sharpest knife that I have ever touched. In short, this is an excellent, basic kitchen knife that, in my opinion, is unbeatable in the quality to price ratio. I will surely be purchasing more Shun knives in the future.
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