A Tradition of Quality

While the Shun brand is relatively young, its pedigree goes back much, much farther. Over 112 years ago—in a city with a blade-making tradition that itself goes back over 800 years—Saijiro Endo first set up shop in Japan’s famous Seki City. Initially, the company produced folding knives, then razors, and in time, kitchen cutlery. Eventually, the company would be known as Kai Cutlery; today it is the Kai Group.

Handcrafted in Japan

The challenge for Endo and the new brand would be to maintain the extreme quality for which Japanese cutlery is prized, while producing it in quantities that would meet growing demands. For Endo, it was vital to maintain the tradition of handcrafting each knife.

Today, the tradition endures. Each Shun knife still takes at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete and Shun remains true to its ancient heritage of quality. At the same time, Shun takes advantage of thoroughly modern, premium materials and state-of-the-art technology to provide that traditional quality to millions of professional chefs and avid home cooks throughout the world.

About Shun

Today, Shun has become one of the most well-known names in kitchen cutlery. It has won awards for innovation and quality. It has been admired and emulated. With new styles, new materials, and an ongoing dedication to the spirit of innovation, Shun will continue to provide Japanese kitchen cutlery of outstanding beauty, impeccable precision, and the very highest performance.

Use & Care

Caring for Your Cutlery

One aspect of caring for your knives is maintaining the edge and, when needed, sharpening the blade. But it’s also important to be aware of how you’re using your knives on a daily basis.

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