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Shun Premier 8" Kiritsuke




Style : TDM0771

Can a knife be as pleasing to the eye and as satisfying to the touch as it is unsurpassed as a cutting tool? In the case of Premier cutlery from Shun, the answer is an emphatic "yes". Like the now-legendary Shun Classic cutlery, Shun Premier knives start with Shun's proprietary VG-MAX "super steel", an alloy of carbon, chromium, cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, silicon, and vanadium. VG-MAX 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 Premier knives start out sharper and stay sharper longer than European knives. To protect the edge, each Shun Premier VG-MAX core is clad on each side with 34 layers of bonded steel (16 layers of 431 stainless steel, 17 layers of 410 stainless, and a single layer of nickel), creating a 68-layer blade and helping fashion the distinctive look of Shun Premier

Where these two steels meet on each Premier knife, a wavy line called a hamon is created, similar to the line formed on traditional samurai swords tempered using a clay-baking technique. The striking hammered finish ("Tsuchime" in Japanese), besides making each knife unique in appearance, creates a series of hollow-ground cavities, lowering cutting resistance as the blade cuts through food. The dramatic blades of Premier cutlery are complemented by the high-gloss, walnut Pakkawood handles that are carefully shaped to nestle in the hand and provide a secure and comfortable grip. Shun Premier cutlery is truly exceptional in design, quality and performance and will add a new level of pleasure to your cooking.