How do you know you´re getting the real thing? Recognizing true quality can be quite a challenge, especially when stores impress costumers with pretty packaging and eye-catching products.
Shun Knives are quite unique, some ranges are made using forging techniques while others are produced from single piece of steel which is then ground and sharpened - a blade type known as 'stamped'. For example, Shun's Blue Steel line is made using the forging technique and Shun's Classic Pro range is stamped. In the great tradition of Seki's sword smiths, every knife is handmade by highly skilled specialists and requires at least 100 handcrafted steps for the process to be complete.
www.reviews.com did some research with 170 models, and found three top knives with the most professional quality and intuitive design, Shun knives got reviewed as the Best for Experienced Cooks. The classic Shun knives feature the look and benefits of Damascus steel, yet without rusting problems. This blade reduces sticking and results in less damage to the food being cut and faster prep times.
Shun Premier line combines an authentic Japanese hand-hammered look with the quality and performance that Shun is known for. The blade is made of VG10 steel clad with 16 layers on either side of the stainless Damascus, then beveled for lateral stability and precision. Where the steels meet, a wavy line called a “hamon” is formed. The hammered finished is known in Japanese as “tsuchime” and adds a striking appearance to the knife. It also acts as hollow ground cavities that reduce drag and quickly release food from the blade.