Shun Classic Asian Chef's Knife
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Known in Japan as a gyuto, this light, nimble knife is ideal for slicing meat and fish, and it performs beautifully on vegetables too. The blade is thinner than a traditional chef's knife but still offers plenty of knuckle clearance on the cutting board. Shun knives are produced by Japan’s leading blade manufacturer, reflecting the craftsmanship of a centuries-old tradition of knife making.
- All-purpose Asian-style chef's knife with thin, lightweight blade.
- Excels for a full range of chopping, slicing and dicing tasks.
- VG-MAX "super steel" blade is clad on each side with 34 microthin layers of stainless steel, creating a variegated look reminiscent of a Damascus-style blade.
- Exceedingly sharp cutting edge is long-lasting and easy to maintain.
- Durable PakkaWood handle resists moisture and has a D shape, to sit comfortably in the hand.
- This NSF-certified knife meets the high-level safety standards for professional kitchens.
- Handcrafted in Japan.
- Dimensions & More Info
- 7"-long blade.
- Handcrafted in Japan.
- Use & Care
- Always use caution when handling sharp objects.
- Avoid cutting on hard surfaces such as stone, metal or glass.
- It is not advisable to use any knife but a meat cleaver to cut through bone, as other blades can be easily damaged.
- Hand-wash with warm water and a mild detergent; rinse and dry immediately.
- Avoid cleaners containing bleach or citrus extracts.
- Sharpen as needed. With regular use and honing once a week, you should not need to sharpen your knife more than once or twice a year.
- Sharpen your knife at home using a whetstone or knife sharpener designed to sharpen at a 16-degree angle, or have it sharpened by a professional.
- Store knife in a safe place to protect its edge and prevent injury.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Ben Shepherd from Fantastic Knife This is my second Shun Classic from WS. Tried it out right away. Very sharp and easy handling. Slices vegetables and meat easily. I will probably keep it away from bones. My other Shun is a Nakiri, and it is about ready for a professional re-sharpening. I love these knives and I love when they are on special!Date published: 2019-07-13Rated 5 out of 5 by ArtieBucco from Great light duty knife This is one of my favorites in the kitchen for light duty cutting. Ultra fine dicing shallots, chiffonade herbs to literal paper thin strips. Blade is very thin so for any heartier vegetables I'd use something else.Date published: 2018-11-23Rated 5 out of 5 by EJL42 from Best in hand I am a lefty and this knife fits my hand perfectly. My fingertips rest on the "D" with a pinch grip and the balance and accuracy of this knife is perfection. Of all the Shuns I currently own, this is the one I tend to grab. Take impeccable care of this and all your Shuns and they will last a lifetime.Date published: 2018-10-22Rated 5 out of 5 by JohnH57 from True gyuto profile I own a number of Shun knives in several product lines (Classic, Premier, and Kaji). They are all good knives, but I find myself using this Asian Chef's knife for most of my prep work. It is a true laser of a slicer and so easy to work with on the board. I like to use a pinch grip and I prefer a true Japanese gyuto blade profile. This knife hits both of those requirements. I wish Shun offered this blade shape in more sizes, but the 7" is really versatile for a home cook (which I am) so I am not complaining. This is my go-to knife for most meal prep tasks. Note: like any quality Japanese knife, you must take care of the blade. Use a good cutting board, hand wash, and sharpen as needed using good quality water stones.Date published: 2016-12-17Rated 5 out of 5 by Mike122 from Respect the knife I have owned a Shun classic chef knife for five or six years. it is hands down the best knife I have ever owned, compared to european knives. The blade is thinner and a bit more brittle than than the others so it is important to use the knife properly. This means having a proper cutting surface, i.e. wood, and not twisting the blade as you are cutting. If you use it properly, you will be rewarded with a tool that cuts, slices, and preps food effortlessly. As far as sharpening goes, once every month or two so I touch up the edge with a medium ceramic rod. roughly once a year I break out the japanese water stones and review the technique on youtube, and it comes out ridiculously sharp. I use a King combo water stone with a nagura. Youtube also has videos of how to make sure your stone is perfectly flat before you start to sharpen your knife. Reading this you might think its too much trouble to go to, but it's really easy. And the reward is a superb knife.Date published: 2014-11-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Nsanelady from Fantastic Knife Light weight, very sharp, completely balanced...Fantastic knife! Sliced extremely thin through tomatoes with ease...onions...shear slices ...no problems...as well as with meats. I will be buying more of these in the near future!Date published: 2014-10-30Rated 5 out of 5 by nyunixguru from Great slicer This has to be the best slicing knife you can buy. Great for super thin slices and precision work.Date published: 2013-09-27