Find high-quality Shun knives at Crate and Barrel. Our collection of individual Shun knives and knife sets are a great choice for experienced chefs, home cooks and kitchen novices alike. Shun has unique blade construction and handles that fit comfortably in your hand. Available in contemporary textured tsuchime and classic Damascus models, Shun knives are clad with 16 layers of steel on each side of the blade for exceptional performance when cutting, dicing, chopping, mincing and slicing. Learn about some of the traits that make this incredible series unique.
Our selection of Shun knives is constructed of VG10 steel. VG10 is a type of stainless steel that has a higher density. This allows the steel to be tempered to a Rockwell hardness of 61 and still have the flexibility and strength to take and keep a perfect edge. The Rockwell scale is used to measure the hardness of materials like steel. Quality knife blades typically have a Rockwell hardness of 55-62. VG10's natural tendency is to remain straight and true, so when it is used, the edge of the blade naturally straightens out and stays sharper longer.
The wavy pattern on our Shun blades is known as "Damascus" and is created by cladding (applying) 16 layers of SUS410 high carbon stainless steel that's been pounded to 3/1000th of an inch to each side of a harder steel (VG10) core. By making knives combining these two steels, Shun creates blades that are strong and stain resistant with an incredible cutting edge that stays sharper longer. This traditional Japanese method was once used to make samurai swords.
The cutting edge is ground to an extremely sharp 16-degree angle, typically used for Japanese knives. They are narrower than the best German knives, which are ground to a 22-degree angle. The Japanese steel used in the cutting core allows the knives to hold their razor sharp edges without the need for excessive re-sharpening. Because of the narrower angle, Shun recommends using sharpeners designed specifically for their knives.
Shun bead blasts each blade to bring out the clad construction. Bead blasting is a method where tiny glass beads are blasted against the surface to highlight the ripples. It also creates thousands of little indentations on the blade. This, in turn, creates thousands of little air pockets that reduce the amount of surface area that touches the food and results in less sticking.
The handles are made from pakka wood, a man-made product of real birch wood layered with plastic resin and fused together through high heat. The handle looks and feels like wood and the unique D-shape fits comfortably in the hand and prevents the blade from twisting and turning for a stable grip when in use.
Shun knives are meant for precision cutting and should not be used to hack at bones. To preserve the blade's sharpness, use either a wooden cutting board or another forgiving surface like our dishwasher safe cutting boards. Plastic and glass cutting boards are not recommended because they will cause the blade to dull more quickly. With proper care, Shun knives will last for a lifetime.
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