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In 2002, the KAI Group founded Shun Cutlery to bring Japanese-style knives to western markets. Before Shun, home cooks in western markets were almost exclusively using heavy European-style knives. Shun became a pioneer in bringing Japanese-style blades to the rest of the world.




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Damascus cladding is when metal alloys are layered and folded while hot before being shaped into the blade and ground from the spine to the edge. The number of layers varies, but most Shun knives have 34 layers per side, 68 total.


The hammered finish gives the knives a beautiful finish that resembles ancient Japanese knives. Besides looking good, the divots reduce drag, so the knives will seamlessly cut through all meats or vegetables without the food sticking.


One of the reasons Shun knives hold an edge so well is because they are very hard. Steel hardness is rated on the Rockwell Scale. It is generally accepted that good kitchen knives will fall between 55 and 62 on the Rockwell scale. Shun knives rate at 61, which is on the harder side.


The most common complaint about Shun knives is that the edges chip easily due to the hardness of the steel. While this can be a dealbreaker for the uninitiated, it can easily be mitigated by proper care and technique.


This long winded introduction is because I'm a little embarrassed about the price of this one. I love my Shun Bob Kramer 8-inch chef's knife. Yes, it's a $340 chef's knife. Yes, I know that I was telling you how much I loved the regular Shun chef's knife not that long ago.*I am fickle with my knives. The regular Shun is a great knife, and if the Shun Bob Kramer didn't exist, I'd still be using it happily. **It's a testament to the usability of the plain, boring, cheap Victorinox 8-inch chef's knife that I used it as long as I did. I still use the Victorinox when I am doing something that might dull the blade on my "good" knives, like cutting a squash or sectioning a chicken. If you don't agree with the "always buy the best" approach, then the $30 Victorinox is the best value knife out there. It's 90% of the knife that the Shuns are, for a tiny fraction of the price.


But...oh, my. Shun's regular line of knives are gorgeous, but the Shun Bob Kramer knives are works of art. They are made out of Shun's SG2 powdered steel, and clad with a thin layer of stainless Damascus steel. You get the beauty of Bob Kramer's Damascus steel, the ease of maintenance of stainless steel, and the hardness of Shun's high tech powdered steel.*Want to know what this all means? Check out Chad Ward's An Edge in the Kitchen for an excellent overview on knives, sharpening, hardness and metallurgy.


The Bob Kramer knife is heavier than the regular Shun, but every bit as sharp. It feels better in my hand, and I love the wider blade. It's a brilliant combination of art and function. My chef's knife is the most important tool in my kitchen. It is the tool I use the most, by far. I want one that feels like it's an extension of my arm, one that just works.* And if it happens to double as a beautiful work of art? That's even better.*Which is the key to a good kitchen knife. Does it fit in your hand? Does it feel right? That's the most important thing about knives. It's why I stuck with the Victorinox for so long; the only knives I've used that felt noticeably better were the Shuns. Until they came along, everything else didn't quite fit my hand as well.**But! I'm 6'3", so my hands may be larger than yours. Make sure that you can play with a knife before you buy it, to see how it feels. At least, if you buy online, make sure the vendor has a good return policy.


If I could afford one, I would get a real Bob Kramer knife. One that he has hand forged out of Damascus steel. I know I was just talking about "buying the best." But. While the Shun version of his knives cost $340, his hand-forged knives cost roughly that much...per inch of length. For my eight inch chef's knife, that would be a LOT of money.*Now, maybe someday when this little food blog makes me Rich and Famous...


I just got my Kramer Damascus knives by UPS earlier this week, after 2 1/2 years - and it was well worth the wait! For some reason, there seem to be very few pictures of these nearly mythological instruments: @N06/4288742419/


Pardon me while I wipe up the puddle of drool off my keyboard. I have two regular Shun knives, the paring knife and the 8" chef and I love them both for their edge. The one thing I have always felt that they were missing though was the nice heft of a Henckel or Wustoff. Sounds like for a bit more dough, you can get it.


The first of the two ranges, the brilliant, world renowned Shun (above), are beautifully crafted hand honed knives with 32 layers of VG10 Damascus steel with a Rockwell rating of 62, meaning they have a razor sharp edge and retain that edge brilliantly.


Situated in Seki City, the home of Japanese Sword making for hundreds of years, the superior Steel and forging techniques were renowned throughout Japan. This heritage has passed into the production of Kai knives.


Cutlery connoisseurs value Shun knives because of their extreme sharpness and good looks. This top quality brand is handcrafted in Japan by knife experts, trained to make only the best. Knives are one of the most important tools for any chef, home or pros, shouldn't you have the best? When you invest in a Shun knife, it comes with lifetime free sharpening and a lifetime guarantee. Compare Shun knives.


Stunningly beautiful, Kershaw Shun Classic knives have a strong stainless steel core that's corrosion-resistant. 32 layers of additional steel and metals are bonded to it for sharpness, durability and beauty. The ergonomic Shun handle is an easy-to-clean blend of resin and hard birch wood.


Shun Classic Pro knives are made in the traditional Japanese style with single-bevel blades forged from a single piece of steel. This traditional design is easy to sharpen and maintain with a whetstone. Handcrafted in Japan, these knives have a lifetime warranty.


Shun Premiere knives are extremely sharp and durable. They feature a hand-hammered finish which not only looks good, it helps to keep foods from sticking to the blade. A warm walnut finish on the germ-resistant resin and wood handle adds to the rich look of the Shun Premier knives.


Shun knives are always innovating. We especially love their latest creation, Kanso. These incredibly sharp knives have a stunningly rustic handle made from Tagayasan wood. The blade, too, also evokes a rustic feel with a unique heritage finish. Handcrafted in Japan.


You can save as much as 20 percent when you purchase a knife set vs. buying individual open stock knives. Browse our complete selection of Shun knife block sets, ranging from 6 piece to 23 piece cutlery sets.


Protect and safely store your knives with a variety of Shun cutlery storage options. Choose between knife blocks, trays, magnetic knife holders or portable professional knife cases, all made to meet Shun high quality standards.


Keep you Shun knives ready to use at all times. A sharpening steel will re-align the edges of the knife and reduce the need for sharpening. Specially made Shun sharpeners and whetstones are made to handle the 16 degree Asian angle that's on your top quality Shun cutlery.


The Shun (pronounced "shoon") knife collection is one of Kai Corporation's most popular and widely used. Built to last for both skilled chefs and home cooks, these knives have been carefully crafted in the quality and style of the legendary swordsmiths of Japan. Over 100 handcrafted steps are taken by highly skilled artisans to create the Shun knives. The Kai Corporation takes pride in delivering what they call a "functional work of art" by combining tradition, the highest quality materials, and the newest technology.


Manufactured by KAI, a hundred year-old knife maker, the Shun knives series are among the best professional tools. Already adopted by chief of great restaurants, Shun knives has become one of the world famous Japanese knives on the market.You can trust on this cooking equipment by its carbon steel blade and strong wood handle.


To gain some insight into which knives would be best for the average home cook, we spoke with chef Brendan McDermott, an instructor at Kendall College in Chicago and the co-owner/bladesmith of Ravenswood Hand Forged. We also consulted with chef Joseph Simon, an instructor at the International Culinary Center (ICC), who tested all of our knife sets in person. And we asked some Wirecutter staffers to try out knife sets in our New York City test kitchen.


For sets that included utility knives, we used them to slice apples and cut orange segments. For sets that came with a knife block, we checked to see whether the knives slid easily into and out of their slots without snagging.


The best knife set for home cooks is the Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Walnut Block Knife Set. The knives in this set were the sharpest compared with all the others we tested in this price range. Since the Classic Ikon knives are extremely durable, they can take more abuse in your kitchen. The ergonomic knife handles provided a superior grip next to those knives with slick handles, which became slippery when wet. Unlike most sets, the Classic Ikon set comes with the most basic and useful knives without a lot of unnecessary filler. And the handsome walnut block gives this set a classic look that will fit the aesthetic of almost any kitchen.


The block has extra slots for both kitchen and steak knives, which allows you ample room to grow your collection. The block is only about 4 inches wide, narrower than most blocks we tested, so it takes up less room on your counter. This smaller block is ideal for people with tiny kitchens or limited counter space.


The knives in the Shun Kaji 8-Piece Knife Block Set are finely crafted and razor-sharp, but our testers found the handles to be too heavy and long for home use. The blades are also more delicate and not as durable as the ones in the Messermeister Royale Elité set. 041b061a72


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