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Shun Premier Bread Knife

Sugg. Price $244 Our Price $194.95

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The Shun Premier collection is distinguished by hand-hammered blades and walnut-colored PakkaWood handles that evoke the artistry of traditional hand-forged knives. Hand-crafted in Japan, the blades are thin and lightweight. This long, serrated bread knife has a thin, razor-sharp blade for cutting quickly and cleanly through even the crustiest loaves of bread.

  • Blade features a core of extremely hard VG-MAX "super steel" clad on each side with 34 microthin layers of stainless steel.
  • The striking hand-hammered finish (tsuchime in Japanese) reduces drag when cutting and helps to quickly release food from the blade.
  • Walnut-finish PakkaWood handles have a two-position design, providing a trigger grip for pull cuts and the perfect balance point for a pinch grip.
  • Stainless-steel end caps embossed with the Shun logo add stability, strength and wide weight distribution from end to end.
Dimensions & More Info
  • 9"-long blade.
  • 4 3/4"-long handle.
  • 7.84 oz.
  • 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 your knife at home using a sharpener designed for a serrated blade, 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 from Love at first cut! We tirelessly poured over so many options for our registry for knives to a point of too much information. I kept coming back to the Shun Premier because the caliber, price point and aesthetics were just right. The lifetime sharpening is just an added bonus. Wow were we right! I LOVE THESE KNIVES! We use them at least once a day and more than that on weekends - the first thing I cut with this knife it was an experience. I had never has such ease in cutting anything. The knife just sawed through a squash (which I NEVER would have tried with out old knives) and it was a very special experience. I do not find cutting and chopping a chore anymore with these knives. It is such a delightful experience. The knives are very sharp so mind your cuts and fingers. What I like: They are exceptionally sharp - Very agile - Not bulky in anyway - They have a great feel and balance which I think improves the cutting experience FYI - upon using you need to wash the knife, dry it and store it. This is not a knife you leave laying around dirty or in a sink. It can warp the wood and it is not good for this caliber instrument. Tip: We added the Williams Sonoma Basic Blade Guards, Set of 4 to our registry and use the blade guards so we can store these knives in a drawer. We live in Manhattan and a knife block is not a current storage option. I would highly recommend evaluating storage options if you have a limited space kitchen there are a few including an in drawer insert.
    Date published: 2019-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Knife I just got an amazing new stove, so the time had come to get some serious knives and do some really good cooking. I bought the Shun Premier Bread Knife and one other Shun Knife. WOW! My life has changed forever! The bread knife cuts through crusty baguettes as if they were clouds! I am delighted. Shun knives are also just beautiful. No complaints here.
    Date published: 2015-04-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic knife and gorgeous! I bought this for my husband (not from WS) for his birthday 3 years ago. It still glides through breads with no pressure applied. It has never smooshed a bread down, you don't have to saw through thick crusts, and it looks beautiful! I love having it out on the table whether we have guests or it's just us. The only possible down side was that is was a bit wider than the bread slot in our knife block so we had to reorganize, probably not a problem with shun blocks but we have a cabinet under-mount wusthof. I'm giving one as a wedding present, it's nice to know that the couple will have it forever!
    Date published: 2014-03-27
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  • Does the Shun Premier bread knife fit in the 5 slot knife block?  Thank you

    Asked by: Skylar
    Hi Skylar, This bread knife should fit in any slot except for the honing steel, shears slot, and paring knife slot.
    Answered by: Williams Sonoma
    Date published: 2019-08-20
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