Shun Kaji Chef’s Knives
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From our premium Kaji line by Shun, these chef's knives are indispensable for chopping, dicing, mincing and slicing fruits and vegetables. Crafted in Japan, their strong, razor-sharp blades merge new technology and centuries-old handcrafting traditions.
- 65-layer blade features a premium SG-2 powdered steel cutting core clad in 64 layers of forged nickel/stainless steel Damascus.
- Inspired by centuries-old samurai sword–making techniques, the blades' construction creates a supersharp cutting edge.
- Handles are made of moisture-resistant, resin-infused PakkaWood, shaped for comfort and control.
- These NSF-certified knives meet the high-level safety standards for professional kitchens.
- Handcrafted in Japan.
- A Williams Sonoma exclusive.
- Dimensions & More Info
- 6" chef's knife: 6"-long blade; 5 1/2"-long handle; 6.2 oz.
- 8" chef's knife: 8"-long blade; 5 1/2"-long handle; 8.8 oz.
- 10" chef's knife: 10"-long blade; 5 1/2"-long handle; 10.2 oz.
- 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, your knife should not need sharpening 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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If within 30 days, you are dissatisfied for any reason, you may return your purchase for a refund of the merchandise value. An original receipt or gift receipt is required for all returns and exchanges. Returns with a gift receipt will be refunded in the form of a Merchandise Credit for the amount indicated on the gift receipt. Returns with original receipt will be refunded in the original form of payment, cash and check refunds over $100 will be issued as a company check (may take 14 business days from time of request).
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- Warranty Information
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Working with a sharp knife is safer, more effective and much less tiring than trying to cut and slice with a dull one. To ensure top performance, bring your favorite knife into your local store and one of our cutlery experts will give it a fresh, new edge using our precision equipment. The first knife is free; each additional knife is just $5.
Our stores also offer knife demonstrations to teach you the correct grip, positioning and basic knife techniques and can help you find the perfect cutlery for your needs – just ask a store associate for assistance.
Rated 5 out of 5 by ArtieBucco from SG2 steel is superior. I own the Kaji 8 inch western chef's knife and was so impressed with the quality of the blade material I just picked up the 6 inch. I didn't need it but wanted it. I own way too many knives, different brands, styles and materials. SG2 is worth the extra money. If you sharpen yourself you will be shocked at the edge these will take. The will make a ringing sound when you test sharpness with a finger unlike any other steel, including carbon. If you don't sharpen yourself these will hold their edge longer than other steel. My only 2 complaints if I can call them that is I wish the handle was just a bit beefier like the D handle on the Classics, and the mirror finish exposes any imperfections. Other than that I am absolutely in love with this line. I will be picking up the 7" cooks knife and I believe my 25 year collection will be almost complete.Date published: 2019-01-10Rated 5 out of 5 by Aarwen from Light, versatile and a workhorse I am beginning to cook a lot at home and was sick of knives that used a lot of energy to chop and cut through meat. My hands use to ache if I had to chop a lot of veggies like squash or turnips. I went to the store and tried all the knives. The specialist highlighted all the options and helped me choose. This is awesome! The tip is good for meats and cuts through tough tissue as butter. The broad edge is good for chopping veggies. It’s very light and cuts through everything with no effort. My wrists don’t ache even after chopping stuff for hours or cooking for large groups! It’s wxpensive but so worth it. I hope large 20 people dinners now and chopping/cutting prep is still a 15 min job. Be careful though, it’s really sharp. I’ve sliced through nails while slicing onions. Not for new cooks in the kitchen like my husband :)Date published: 2018-02-19Rated 5 out of 5 by Chef Matt from The Best Chef's Knife My 8" Shun Chef's Knife is the workhorse for my meal prepping. Razor Sharp! Cuts Squash and Sweet Potatoes like butter. Easily makes clean slices on raw meat, no tearing or jagged edges. I have several brands in my knife block, including 2 other Chef's knives... They've been neglected after trying this Shun Kaji. I did the paper test with all 3 chef's knives, using a feather-weight amount of force the Shun Kaji slid through the entire sheet of paper with a crisp clean line, I've never seen any other knife do that. Honestly, I was skeptical before buying, but now I will never buy another brand of kitchen knives again.Date published: 2018-02-06Rated 5 out of 5 by 1111 from Cooking is fun agin! The Shun Kaji knives are great. The weight and size is perfect for my hand and the blade holds it's edge well. They are easy to keep clean and I have them on my counter in their wood block holder on display and at hand. The Chef Knife is my latest purchase and completes my essential collection. They are expensive, but the quality is worth it.Date published: 2016-07-27Rated 5 out of 5 by WBR1 from The Sharpest Knife in the Drawer! The sharpness takes some getting used to, but once you do, it is a perfect knife.Date published: 2014-06-13Rated 3 out of 5 by StrengthEngineer from Poor Quality Handle and Chipped Blade Bought two Shun Kaji (small chef and small Nakiri) at a Williams Sonoma store that was going out of business for 40% off with an additional 10% off due to a small chip (0.125 inch long by the 0.005") in the Nakiri. Neither knife was as sharp as they should have been and both knives had handles with poor fit. Was able to easily sharpen both which removed chip. Also highly recommend the hollow ground indentations for lower friction. Although the chefs knife was new in the box, it had light scratches perpendicular to the blade. Recommend a close inspection before purchasing for tiny tip breakage, edge burrs, scratches, and poor handle fit-up. Both knives are beautiful and very sharp, but the extremely thin blade is going to be fragile, so use caution.Date published: 2014-03-23Rated 5 out of 5 by AnnaSinclaire from Pry it from my cold dead hands. I've owned the this knife for four years, two years of restaurant use, and as the review title says, you'd have to pry it from my cold dead hands. Having used it heavily for years, I'm a huge, HUGE fan. The casual user must understand that you can't get away with just whacking this knife against a steel willy-nilly and expect that you'll get a sharp knife, but as long as you either know something about sharpening knives or let the pros handle the job and get the knife sharpened every 6 months or so, this is a knife I would unconditionally recommend. Super sharp, holds its edge well, and very durable.Date published: 2013-11-30Rated 2 out of 5 by Jkennedy from It chipped badly I was happy with it out of the box and it held its edge without needing sharpening for several months. However this knife will not stand up to rigorous use. there is actually an inch long chip out of mine near the wider end of the blade. I'm still using it but now I make sure that it only gets used for easy cuts.Date published: 2013-11-05
What is the hardness of the Shun Kaji knives?Hi GottaPadThai, Shun Kaji cutlery has a Rockwell hardness of 64.Date published: 2019-04-07