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 City, Japan's sword and knifemaking center, 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.

Advanced, high-performance steels

  • Shun uses advanced, high-performance steel for our blades
  • Shun steel is hard so blades an be made thinner, lighter, and sharper
  • Advanced steel combines with a tradition of excellence to make knives "at the peak of perfection"

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  • Advanced, high-performance steels
  • Advanced, high-performance steels

Traditional knifemaking styles

  • Kasumi
  • San mai

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  • Traditional knifemaking styles
  • Traditional knifemaking styles

Composite Blade Technology

  • Combines the best characteristics of two steels in one blade
  • Steels are permanently joined
  • Patented, proprietary technology

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  • Composite Blade Technology

Shun handle materials

  • Genuine hardwood
  • Resin makes it moisture resistant
  • Harder and more durable than untreated hardwood

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  • Shun handle materials
  • Shun handle materials

Layered Damascus

  • Shun layered Damascus is formed by layering different types of metal alloys together
  • The layers are forged into a single piece
  • The patterns are revealed by grinding then bead-blasting or acid etching the blades

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  • Layered Damascus

Tsuchime finish

  • Tsuchime simply means "hammered"
  • Hammering creates air pockets that help food release from the blade
  • Shun knives with this finish are hand hammered, in the tradition of ancient Japan

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  • Tsuchime finish

16° angle cutting edge

  • Shun blades are thinner, lighter, sharper
  • Thinner edges cut more efficiently
  • Our 16° cutting angle is extremely sharp, yet lasts a long time

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  • 16° angle cutting edge