Shun Classic Cutlery - 8" Chef's Knife (DM0706)
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Forget everything you know about fine cutlery and remember this; Shun Classic knives are unlike any other. Sharper, more durable, more comfortable, and yes, more expensive, Shun Classic cutlery will change how you think about kitchen knives.
In Seki City, Japan, home of generations of samurai sword artisans, the latest advances in metallurgy are combined with traditional craftsmanship to create Shun Classic knives. It starts with Shun's proprietary VG-10 "super steel", an alloy of carbon, chromium, cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, silicon, and vanadium. VG-10 has a Rockwell hardness rating of 61 and because of its strength, the blade can be ground to an extreme 16 degree angle. This means Shun Classic knives start out sharper and stay sharper longer than European knives. To protect the edge, each Shun Classic VG-10 core is clad on each side with 16 layers of bonded steel, creating a 33-layer blade and the distinctive "wood grain" look of Shun Classic.
The asymmetrical "D"-shaped Pakkawood handle conforms perfectly to the curve of your fingers and you grip the knife, with an asymmetrical bolster that helps create the ideal balance point. All the technical talk adds up to one simple fact: you'll be astounded at how these knives cut and feel. Hand washing and drying strongly recommended.