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KAI Shun Classic 8" Western Chef's Knife

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Item #: KE-DM0766


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KAI was established in 1908 in Seki City, Japan's ancient samurai swordmaking capital. Since that time KAI has become one of the best blade makers in Japan.

This line has the look and benefits of Damascus steel but without its rusting problems. The Damascus-look blade reduces sticking and causes less damage to the food being cut. The Shun Classics feature the stable "D" shape handle design. The "D" shape rests in the curve of the fingers as they curl around the handle. The bolster is ground out more on the right side to provide an easy secure grip.

The Western Chef's knife has a 22 degree cutting angle instead of the 16 degree cutting angle found in the other knives in the Shun Classic line. This less-acute edge helps to provide additional strength when tackling heavier foods like winter squash and large heads of cabbage.

The 8-1/8" blade has a core of VG-MAX, then each blade is clad with 34 layers of stainless steel on each side. Resulting in a hardness of 61 Rc. The bolster and end cap is stainless steel. The 5-3/8" handle is ebony black water-resistant PakkaWood®. Made in Seki-City Japan. Weighs 8.1 oz. Suggested Retail $206.00.



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    8.1 oz.
  • Origin


Shun kitchen cutlery knives are some of the finest made kitchen knives in the world. These knives are made in Seki City, Japan, which has been the heart of the Japanese cutlery industry since the 13th century. Shun knives are well known for excellent craftmanship, with incredibly sharp edges and appearing very pleasing to the eye. Every knife is handmade by highly skilled specialist knife makers, and each knife requires at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete. Shun combines KAI's 100 year tradition of excellent blademaking with the newest in technology and materials.

$ 169.95

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