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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 chef's knife is a true kitchen workhorse designed for comfort, ease of use and razor-sharp performance.

  • 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
  • 6" chef's knife: 6"-long blade; 4 1/2"-long handle; 5.28 oz.
  • 8" chef's knife: 8"-long blade; 4 3/4"-long handle; 7.68 oz.
  • 10" chef's knife: 10"-long blade; 4 3/4"-long handle; 8.8 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 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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  • Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very fragile! Careful, these guys are very fragile. A good friend of mine that I work in kitchens with recommended I pick up a Shun for some basic vegetable chopping, etc. (Take that into consideration, this knife cannot and should not be used to trying to break apart a chicken, for example.) and it immediately chipped, cutting carrots on the same wooden cutting board I've had for many years and used successfully with many knives. Not even a small chip, but an entire 1.5'' sliver of the edge flaked off. The blade lasted a whole, I'd say, 45 seconds of use. I don't know whether I got a lemon or not, because I know some folks that swear by Shuns as being nice little workhorses, but as a fella that works in restaurants professionally, we don't make a ton of money, famously, and it'll be quite some time until I can muster the wages to replace this knife.
    Date published: 2020-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp and sexy love it so far. sharp with a nice weight to it. the handle looks sharp. got to handle it with care, got a couple of nicks already.
    Date published: 2020-01-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from HELP Help! Somehow the tip broke on this very special, extra sharp knife. It was my 50th birthday present from my wife. It is a very special gift! What should I do?
    Date published: 2019-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I recently bought this knife at my local WS in Upper Montclair, NJ to replace a badly chipped Wusthof chef's knife. The sales associate Tom (who happen to be a pro chef and extremely knowledgeable) recommended this Shun. Ok, got it home, gave it a quick rinse and started slicing and dicing leeks and potatoes. Well, the cliche is "cuts like a hot knife through butter" - well that is exactly what this feels like - so much so that I (slightly) nicked my fingers 2 times until I got used to exactly how sharp this blade - and the tip is. Far and away, the sharpest knife I have ever handled - so use caution as this is so much sharper (not necessarily better) than the German knives. I do hand wash and dry and amd hoping that the blade retains this sharpness for a good whiel and does not prove to be too fragile for the tasks at hand.Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2019-04-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good knife but extreme care and maintenance needed This knife is pretty, blade is the thinnest I've used. Brand new this is sharp. For a home cook maybe as sharp as any would need. The VG10 core is solid dependable steel and is easy to sharpen and holds an edge for some time. I love the profile, and the handle is a very comfortable size and shape for my medium sized hands. Cons. The top of the knife could have been rounded and or polished down a bit more. The hammered finish takes a bit more time to clean. Being that this knife has such a polished finish more maintenance and care is required to keep it looking so. It is also one of the more fragile knives in my arsenal. I would certainly suggest only those prepared to handle a knife with care to buy this knife. If you do you will have a great knife for years.
    Date published: 2018-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I got this for my boyfriend, who was previously a chef, and he loves it! In addition to it looking absolutely beautiful (it looks great on display), it works amazingly well. He has predominately German knives in the kitchen, but I think this just made him a convert to Japanese. Its extremely sharp, has a great balance, and he loves using it. He would hardly put the thing down in the first 48 hours of having it, kept running into the kitchen to cut I would say it was a success.
    Date published: 2017-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Knife i bought this as a present for my husband who is a chef. He loves it! I chose the premier because he is left handed; but the premier knife is also just incredibly beautiful.
    Date published: 2015-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best kitchen knife ever! Took advantage of the 20% off any item to purchase this excellent knife. This knife is the sharpest cutting instrument I have ever owned...beautiful, and unique in design and flawless craftsmanship. I may begin a collection of these knives as they are so amazing...expensive but so worth it.
    Date published: 2013-11-16
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