Shun Premier 7" Santoku Knife | w/Tsuchime Damascus Steel Blade

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Product Highlights

    The Shun Premier 7–in. Santoku is a beautiful, Asian–inspired chef's knife. "Santoku" means "three virtues." Depending on who you ask, this relates either to the three types of food with which it works exceptionally well—vegetables, poultry, and fish—or to the three types of cuts at which it excels: slicing, dicing, and chopping. In truth, a santoku is a knife of many talents. Some cooks prefer a santoku to a chef´s knife. Your choice depends on how the knife feels in your hand and how it works for you. We think you´ll find that the Shun Premier 7–in. Santoku works beautifully and fits your hand like a glove. The slight belly curve enables the cook to rock the blade slightly and makes this santoku as easy to use as a chef's knife. It is especially well suited to a down–and–forward cutting motion (push cut) and many cooks swear by their santoku for top performance.

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    The Shun Premier Santoku is part of the beautiful Shun Premier line, which calls to mind the hand–forged knives of ancient Japan. While each knife still takes at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete, the materials Shun uses are among the most advanced in the industry. Each blade has a cutting core of Shun's proprietary VG–MAX “super steel” to take and hold a precision edge. The layered Damascus cladding supports the core and provides additional stain resistance. Near the edge of the blade, where the steels meet, an undulating line is formed—similar to the hamon formed when samurai swords are tempered using a traditional clay–baking technique. The hammered tsuchime finish acts like a series of hollow–ground cavities to reduce drag. The handles nestle comfortably in the hand, while the embossed end cap adds balance and beauty.

    Many Shun cutlery lines are characterized by the beautiful Damascus on the blades. Shun´s Damascus is formed by layering different types of metal alloys together, then forging them into a single piece. The process—and the different characteristics of the layered metals—create the rippling patterns in you see on the blade. The number of layers can vary; many Shun knives, for example, have 32 layers of metal on each side of a VG–MAX core. As Shun artisans grind each Damascus–clad blade from its thickest point at the spine to its razor–sharp cutting edge, they reveal the patterns. To bring them out even more, they bead blast or acid–etch each blade. When acid etched, the layered metals react to the solution in different ways. For example, carbon steel darkens, while nickel silver remains bright. Damascus protects and supports the extremely hard cutting core and enhances stain resistance.

    In Japanese, tsuchime (Tsoo–CHEE–may) simply means "hammered" and you will see actual hammer marks on a tsuchime–finished blade. This finish does two things: gives the knife a look that is reminiscent of the handcrafting techniques of ancient Japan; and it creates tiny pockets of air that act as hollow–ground cavities to reduce drag and quickly release food from the blade. Shun´s gorgeous Premier line features a hand–hammered tsuchime blade finish as do some of our exclusive lines. In the tradition of ancient Japanese knife and swordmaking, Shun's tsuchime finish is created by hand hammering each blade.

    Because of the hard, premium steel from which Shun cutlery is made, the blades can be thinner, lighter, and sharper. A thinner edge cuts more easily by putting less stress on the edge—so fewer strokes do the job. Thinner edges are easier to control as well, making cutting smoother and, once again, relieving stress on the edge. Shun´s handcrafted Japanese knives are sharpened to a precise 16° angle on each side of the blade (for double–beveled blades, this means a comprehensive angle of 32°). For comparison´s sake, European–style blades are generally sharpened to 20–22° each side for a comprehensive cutting angle of 40–44°. Due to the premium–quality steel we use for the cutting core of our blades, Shun´s incredibly sharp edge will nevertheless last an incredibly long time before resharpening is needed. Experience shows that with Shun you get extremely sharp edges that last an extremely long time.

    PakkaWood is a premium handle material made of genuine hardwood impregnated with resin. The resin makes it moisture resistant, strong, and durable. PakkaWood is intended for use in high–end products that see constant and hard use, especially those used in wet environments. This, of course, makes it ideal for kitchen cutlery handles. Sanding and buffing brings PakkaWood to a beautiful gloss finish. As with natural wood, no two pieces of PakkaWood® are exactly alike. Many Shun handles are made of PakkaWood. It offers our customers all the advantages of wood, including a beautiful look and feel, but since it's easy care and highly water resistant, virtually none of the disadvantages of untreated wood.


Features & Specs

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Detailed Specifications
  • Finish: Hammered tsuchime
  • Blade: Hand–sharpened 16° double–bevel (32° comprehensive)
  • Steel: Proprietary VG–MAX cutting core, 34 layers each side stainless Damascus cladding
  • Handle: Contoured walnut PakkaWood®
  • Blade length: 7 in. (17.8 cm)
  • Origin: Handcrafted in Japan
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