Shun knives have a long history and an even longer reputation for being one of the best mid-level knives on the market. However, for those who are jumping into the kitchen knife market unprepared, they may be in for a little bit of sticker shock. Yes, these knives are high dollar but they’re also incredibly high quality. They won’t leave you feeling dull after only a few slices as many cheaper brands will, and they certainly hold their edge.
Why Purchase Shun Knives?
As stated above, these are very high-quality kitchen knives. Oftentimes they’re found in Michelin star restaurants, used by the best but also for the best. To keep these blades honed and incredibly sharp, a few strokes on steel or your favorite sharpener once a day will do. You can’t say the same about your Wal-Mart knife set.
Shun also stands behind their knives with a limited lifetime warranty. Yes, limited. However, the limitations are very relaxed. Unless you use your kitchen knife as a throwing weapon, you will probably be covered by this warranty. Let’s look at the blades.
Best Shun Knives on the Market
Shun DM0706 Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
First up we have a classic chef’s knife from Shun. This comes in 6 inch and 10-inch sizes as well, but we’re recommending the 8 inch since 8 inches is a nice standard for a chef’s blade. We’ll look into a 6 inch later.
This chef’s knife is honed to 16 degrees right out of the box, but will happily take on an alternative edge if you so desire. This honing makes it one of the sharpest blades on the market as well as preventing undue wear and tear. These blades are made to slide through whatever they’re given, not hack or cut brutally. With a 61 Rockwell hardness rating, this is one of the best Shun knives available today.
A rating like this means that you’ll be hard put to wear down the edge since hardness tends to determine quite a lot on how quickly an edge gets dull. However, a hard knife does not mean that it is brittle. With the right care, these Shun knives will last you and your children for decades to come.
Shun VB0718 Sora Hollow Ground Santoku Knife
For those not in the know, I’m sure that the name of this Shun knife is a bit confusing. Santoku knives are incredibly useful to chopping, dicing, and otherwise cutting things that have a relatively thick outer layer. Ham, cheese, even onions are great things to cut with a Santoku blade. Most sushi chefs use a Santoku when cutting fish.
However, they use credibility when dicing softer items or leafy bits. This isn’t the blade you want to pick up when you’re going to hack some bread off of your freshly baked loaf.
Amongst Shun knives, their Santokus absolutely glow. Shun knives are made in Seki City, Japan, which is where the Santoku was born. The company truly knows this knife inside and out, and they make one that stays sharp even after copious usage. The only reason the chef’s knife beats this one out on our recommendation list is because a Santoku just isn’t quite as multi-use as a chef’s knife.
Just to note, this blade is hand wash only in very mild water due to its handle. The blade can take a dip in boiling water for sanitation purposes, but be careful of the handle if you decide to do this.
Shun DM0701 Classic 6 Inch Utility Knife
A simple blade that needs little introduction. Shun knives come in a large assortment of shapes and sizes, but this utility knife stands out among the others. Why?
This knife is made with convenience in mind. Though not as readily willing to hack into everything as the Santoku or the chef’s knife, this knife will stand above the pack when compared to other utility knives. Like all Shun knives, it has a double bevel but the true treat comes from its handle. This particular knife is resin packed Pakkawood, rather than a less sturdy and cheaper plain Pakkawood as some others in the Shun line.
Shun’s classic utility knife will do everything you ask it to and then a little more.
Shun DM0700 Classic 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife
A tiny blade on this representation of Shun knives, but still worthwhile for the person who finds themselves dealing with a lot of fruit and vegetables.
Shun’s classic pairing knife won’t have you writing home a sonnet about the brand, but it may be enough to convert you. If you’re looking for a low price to try Shun knives out, this is probably the ideal place to start. No, you won’t use a pairing knife heavily but you’ll still get a feel for the way Shun blades cut. Consider this inclusion to be us saying, “Try it, you’ll like it!”.
Shun Classic 10-piece Knife Block Set
On the flip side, perhaps you really want to dive in all the way to your neck. If so, this 10 piece block set comes with everything your typical home kitchen could possibly need. It includes all of the Shun knives we’ve covered above, as well as a 4.5-inch Honesuki Knife, 5-inch Hollow Edge Nakiri Knife, and a 9-inch Hollow Edge Carving Knife. Also included are a pair of kitchen shears made with Shun blades, a bamboo block, and a long steel to help keep your blades up to par.
Not only is this a great way to save a few dollars on a set of Classic Shun Knives, but you also gain a very nice storage block.
And that’s that. These Shun knives are all worth your time to go take a look at and decide for yourself. Did we miss an excellent Shun knife and you’d just love to tell us? Comment below and let us know what your opinions are on these fantastic blades and the company.