Shun Cutlery’s new Dual Core Kiritsuke (model VG0017) was named the 2014 Kitchen Knife of the Year at the annual Blade Show held in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Blade Show awards represent the pinnacle of knife-industry awards. The winners are selected by an overwhelming vote of industry members, including representatives from Shun’s competitors. Winners are judged on a range of criteria—from design, innovation, and function to craftsmanship and quality.
“We are very proud to be recognized by our respected peers in the knife industry for our ability to create top-quality knives and innovative designs,” said Jack Igarashi, Chief of North American Operations, Kai USA Ltd., and Managing Director of Kai Corporation, the makers of Shun Cutlery.
Shun Dual Core knives feature a layered and roll-forged Damascus blade, made from two premium-quality stainless steels. Seventy-one alternating micro layers of high carbon, high chromium VG10 and VG2 stainless steels are welded together and roll-forged to produce a finer grain in the steel and to give it both strength and beauty. The laminated steel is then hot forged to create the herringbone pattern that allows the layers to alternate along the cutting edge.
During normal use, the two steels will wear at different rates creating micro serrations along the herringbone edge so that the Dual Core’s extremely sharp edge feels sharp longer. Etched laminations in the blade reduce drag, helping food release from the blade, gliding through each cut quickly and easily. The blade is thin, light, and strong. Traditional Japanese octagon-shaped handle in ebony PakkaWood complete the look of this beautiful knife.
The first styles in this exquisite new line include the Shun Dual Core Kiritsuke (model VG0017), MSRP $375, the Dual Core Honesuki (model VG0018), MSRP $313, and the Dual Core Utility/Butchery (model VG0019), MSRP $325.