Shun (pronounced “shoon”) is Japanese for “at the peak of perfection.” The Shun Premier line certainly lives up to its name! Calling to mind the handcrafting techniques of ancient Japan, Shun Premier offers the grace and beauty of hand forged knives of old, Every blade is made of VG10 steel, clad with 16 layers on either side of stainless Damascus, then beveled for lateral stability and incredible precision. Where the steels meet, a wavy line called a hamon is formed – similar to the line formed when samurai swords are tempered using a traditional clay-baking technique.
The striking finish, (called “tsuchime” in Japanese) acts similar to a series of hollow-ground cavities, reducing drag and quickly releasing food from the blade.
The walnut PakkaWood handles nestle comfortably in the hand, and the Shun logo embossed on the bottom end cap adds balance and beauty to the knife, where in use in the hand or at rest in the block.