Made in Japan.
Calling to mind the handcrafting techniques of ancient Japan, Shun Premier offers the grace and beauty of hand-forged knives of old. Every blade is made of VG10 steel, clad with 32 layers of stainless Damascus, then beveled for lateral stability and incredible precision. Where the two steels meet, a wavy line called a hamon is formed similar to the line formed when samurai swords are tempered using a traditional clay-baking technique. The striking hammered finish (tsuchime in Japanese) acts similar to a series of hollow-ground cavities, reducing drag and quickly releasing food from the blade. The walnut PakkaWood® handles nestle comfortably in the hand, and the Shun logo embossed on the bottom end cap adds balance and beauty to the knife, whether in use in the hand or at rest in the block.
Stocking your kitchen is all about getting the tools that work best for you. If you like a smaller knife, try the Shun Premier 5 1/2-inch Santoku. In size, it's between our smallest and full-sized Santoku. Its in-between weight and size make it perfect for medium-sized kitchen tasks, from slicing carrots and shallots to chopping herbs to cutting chocolate. Cooks with smaller hands or those who simply prefer a smaller, lighter knife may find that this smaller Santoku becomes a top go-to knife.
- Steel: VG-10 cutting core, Pattern Damascus cladding of SUS410/SUS431 stainless; 16 layers each side; hammered tsuchime finish
- Handle: Contoured walnut PakkaWood®
- Blade Length: 5.5in. (14 cm)