In Japanese, “Shun” (pronounced “shoon” and rhymes with “moon”) is the precise moment during the year when any particular food is at the peak of its perfection. Shun is when fruit is at its sweetest, when vegetables are perfectly ripe, perfectly fresh, and perfectly delicious. Shun is in harmony with the natural rhythms of the seasons.
Shun Cutlery proudly takes its name from this Japanese culinary tradition of preparing and eating the very freshest food at the perfect “shun” moment. It is a tradition we live up to every day, making fine kitchen knives that are always at the peak of their perfection, too.
Incredibly sharp edges and unmatched aesthetics set Shun knives apart from every other kitchen knife on the market today. In the great tradition of Seki’s sword smiths, every knife is handmade by highly skilled specialists and requires at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete. Every day, the legacy of ancient sword smiths serves as inspiration to the artisans in the Kai factories.
Kai’s 100-year-old tradition of blade-making excellence, combined with the newest technology and the most advanced materials, makes every Shun knife a functional work of art.
The Shun Sora line combines a unique VG10 edge with a 420J stainless steel upper. All Sora blades are laser cut and machine fit together for a perfect balance. The Sora collection is fitted with a polymer blended handle for a firm grip and contemporary style.Sora provides Shun quality at an amazing price.
The Kanso series from Shun feature blades with a Heritage finish designed to hide scratches and give the knife a rustic look, combined with tagayasan wood handles that are contoured to fit comfortably in your hand.
The Shun Classic Series feature a proprietary VG-MAX cutting core, a high-end stainless steel which is extremely hard resulting in an edge that is incredibly sharp and retains that sharpness longer. The Damascus cladding, with its 34 micro-layers of steel on each side to support the core, offers stain and corrosion resistance and helps food release from the blade. The blade is hand sharpened to a 16º angle each side for top performance. The D-shaped ebony PakkaWood handle is beautiful and durable and does not harbor bacteria.
The Shun Premier Collection of knives, still hand crafted by skilled artisans, have the look of the hand-forged knives of ancient Japan. Each blade has a VG-MAX core, clad on both sides with 34 layers of Damascus stainless steel, giving each knife a unique finish. The hammered tsuchime finish acts like hollow ground dimples to reduce drag when cutting.
The Shun Blue Collection features a carbon steel cutting core sandwiched between two layers of mirror-polished stainless steel. Because of the carbon steel cutting edge, additional care will be required to maintain the edge and keep it from rusting. The handles are a beautiful grey PakkaWood
Until now, it was considered almost impossible to create layered Damascus from two premium-quality stainless steels. But what was impossible is now a reality—and Shun is proud to bring it to your kitchen. The Shun Dual Core series features a Damascus blade made from two premium-quality, high-carbon stainless steels.