Roll Over Image to Zoom
Share Your Style   |   #mywilliamssonoma Add a Photo

Shun Kanso Chef's Knife, 8"

  • Special Offer
Free Fast Shipping! Use Code: FREESHIP
Spend $499 or more on Shun cutlery and receive a $50 Williams Sonoma gift card. See details below.
Sugg. Price $144 Our Price $114.95

Easy, hassle-free returns online and in-store for eligible items.

Learn More

Earn $25 in reward dollars4 for every $500 spent on your Williams Sonoma Credit Card. Learn More

Summary

Influenced by the Zen principle of simplicity, the Shun Kanso collection was designed with only the indispensable elements in mind: high-performance steel, a razor-sharp edge, perfect balance and precision handling. Plainly put: with this chef's knife, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.

  • Blade of highly refined, high-carbon vanadium stainless steel takes and holds a razor-sharp edge.
  • Heritage-finish blade provides a rustic look that hides scratches and improves with age.
  • Angled handle is made of dark tagayasan, an extremely dense wood traditionally used to make samurai sword handles.
  • Handcrafted in Japan.
Dimensions & More Info
  • 8"-long blade; 5 1/4"-long handle; 6 1/2 oz.
  • Full-tang construction for balance and strength.
  • Bolsterless design.
  • Handcrafted in Japan.
Use & Care

Use

  • 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.

Care

  • 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.
Shipping

Shipping Information

UPS can deliver most in-stock items within 3–5 business days. UPS is unable to deliver to P.O. boxes.

Shipping Rates

The shipping rate varies depending on your order total and shipping destination. View Shipping Options and Charges.

Next Day Delivery

For an additional charge of $26 per address, we can expedite delivery to most destinations. This service is not available for some oversize items, items shipped directly from the supplier (including perishable and custom-manufactured items), out-of-stock items and items to be shipped outside the contiguous 48 states.

Orders received by 9:00 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday will arrive the next business day; orders placed Friday through Sunday will arrive on the following Tuesday.

Return Policy

At Williams Sonoma, we take great pride in the quality and craftsmanship of our products. Attention to design, materials, safety and construction are our priority. Upon receipt, please inspect your purchase and notify us of any damage; we will arrange for a prompt replacement.

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).

For all cutlery returns (knife sets, single knives, cutting boards, knife sharpeners and knife storage), please contact us at 888.922.4108 to initiate the return.

We cannot accept returns on monogrammed, personalized, special-order items, custom upholstery, food, items shipped direct from the vendor or on items damaged through normal wear and tear. Final sale items ending in .97 or .99 cannot be returned.

Made to Order and Final Sale Furniture items are non-returnable and cannot be cancelled once the order is placed.

For returns of items purchased from your Williams Sonoma Gift Registry, we will gladly provide a refund or exchange for the merchandise within 90 days of your event or within 90 days of purchase, whichever date is later. View Full Returns Policy.

Free Knife Sharpening in Stores

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.

Price Match Guarantee

Williams Sonoma Price Match Guarantee

At Williams Sonoma, we're committed to bringing you the best quality at the best prices.
If you find a lower price on any of our products, we'll match it—guaranteed. Click here for details.

  • Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Knife This is the first knife that I've dropped a not-inconsequential amount of money on and it was worth every penny! I had been using the Victorinox 8" Swiss Army Fibrox knife someone gave me for a gift and was never really a fan of it, but wasn't sure anything else would be better. The Shun Kanso Chef Knife is very light and feels really good in your hand. It's impressive to look at and even more impressive to use. It would take me 5-10 minutes to chop some potatoes with the Fibrox, but the Kanso made short work of them in less than two. I am extremely impressed and would recommend this knife to anyone!
    Date published: 2018-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shun Kanso Chef's Knife I have never owned such an expensive knife. I treated myself and I LOVE it. It does a great job! I need to buy more.
    Date published: 2015-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a Shun Definitely worth the money. That should be obvious as it is a shun. For relatively the same price you can get the noticeably sharper/higher maintenance Shun Classic. Owning both the classic chef and the kanso chef, I can say I don't feel half as bad using the kanso at both jobs. The solid AUS10 vs the sandwiched VG10 is much easier to keep clean and looking new, easy to put a wonderful edge on, and it holds quite well. Watching my classic do industrial work is like intentionally dirtying a priceless work of art. Both are excellent, impeccable if you ask me. If you want knives that get the job done and are a talking point for those around you, Shun is the way to go.
    Date published: 2015-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best knife I have ever used Well balanced! Beautiful design! I had been using a Shun similar to the Shun Premier Chef's Knife, but I wanted something new, a new toy. The lady at WS said hey they have a new knife coming out you should try it. 10 seconds later i had a potato looking like french fries and i was sold. she put the order in and i was the first in the store to get one. I know its all about the usefulness of a knife, but when you get a knife that is full of usefulness and good looks its a win win. BUY THIS KNIFE, YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!!!!
    Date published: 2015-05-11
    • y_2019, m_8, d_20, h_12
    • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.13
    • cp_1, bvpage1
    • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_4
    • loc_en_US, sid_shun-kanso-chefs-knife, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
    • clientName_williamssonoma
    • bvseo_sdk, java_sdk, bvseo-4.0.0
    • CLOUD, getReviews, 25ms
    • REVIEWS, PRODUCT
  • Is the handle real wood or is it a plastic lookalike?

    Asked by: TreyL
    Hi TreyL, The handle is made of a wood called tagayasan or wenge, which is sometimes known in Japan as “iron sword wood.”
    Answered by: Williams Sonoma
    Date published: 2018-11-26
    • y_2019, m_8, d_23, h_9CST
    • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_2.0.13
    • cp_1, bvpage1
    • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_1
    • loc_en_US, sid_shun-kanso-chefs-knife, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=LAST_APPROVED_ANSWER_SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
    • clientName_williamssonoma
    • bvseo_sdk, java_sdk, bvseo-4.0.0
    • CLOUD, getContent, 24ms
    • QUESTIONS, PRODUCT

Find & Pick a Store

Tap here to close

The location you specified seems to be incorrect. Please enter a valid address or ZIP code.

Stores Nearby:

  • Populating store list please wait.

There are no stores within miles of you.

Try entering a new location or adjusting the distance.

Prices and promotions may vary in stores. We make every effort to give you current product availability information, but our store inventory is always changing so an item's availability cannot be guaranteed.