Shun’s Kanso series is designed based on a Zen philosophy meaning Simplicity. To make this series, Shun eliminated everything that was not essential to creating an excellent knife. According to Shun, the necessities for making a high quality knife are: high-quality steel, a razor-sharp edge, perfect balance, and precision cutting control. Kanso blades are made from a highly refined, high-carbon, vanadium Japanese stainless steel that is capable of taking a razor-sharp edge and holding it longer than other blades. The blades have a Heritage finish designed to hide scratches and give the knife a rustic look that just gets better with age. The handles are made from tagayasan wood and are contoured to fit comfortably in your hand. These knives have a full tang that gives the knives strength and perfect balance.
A Santoku Knife is an Asian-style knife that many chefs have grown to prefer over a chef’s knife because it is capable of handling all the basic cutting tasks you would use a chef’s knife for. The blade is slightly shorter than a typical chef’s knife, which makes it incredibly easy to maneuver in any size kitchen. The 5.5 Santoku has all the same versatility of a regular 7" santoku, it’s just a bit smaller. This knife is ideal for a chef with smaller hands, or for a chef who simply prefers a more compact blade.