Shun Classic 8-In Chef’s Knife

Last updated date: April 23, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 46 expert reviews, the Shun Shun Classic 8-In Chef's Knife placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.8
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
493 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Food professionals and consumers found it comfortable to hold and easy to use.
- Good Housekeeping
April 3, 2012 | Full review
Maintains sharpness for a long period of time.
- Knife Guides
Carbon steel core. Made by hand from 33 layers of Damascus steel.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
Blade lost its sharpness relatively quickly after extended use in GHRI tests.
- Good Housekeeping
April 3, 2012 | Full review
Is not lengthy.
- Knife Guides
Some complaints that blade is thin and chips easily. Others say the handle is a poor fit.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

Born of the ancient samurai-sword-making tradition and hand-finished for precision and beauty, Shun Classic is an ideal choice for anyone buying their first Japanese knife or 50th. The high-quality line of cutlery makes a worthwhile addition to any chef's arsenal of tools--it's used by professional chefs and home cooks alike. Produced in the widest variety of specialized styles, the Classic line features both traditional European blade shapes and innovative cutting-edge designs. Shun Classic's amazingly sharp blade is famous for both edge retention and ease of sharpening. Each blade has a core of VG-10 "Super Steel" with a Pattern Damascus cladding of 32 layers of high-carbon stainless steel--16 layers on either side. While the wood grain pattern enhances the knife's beauty, it also adds durability and stain resistance, and reduces friction when cutting. Made from VG-10 stainless steel, Shun knives are specially constructed to be harder, less brittle, but also more flexible than traditional steel formulations. The VG-10 core is then clad with 16 full layers of SUS410 high-carbon stainless steel on each side, for a total of 33 layers. These layers not only protect the VG-10, they create an exquisitely-detailed surface reminiscent of Damascus or pattern-forged steel, the kind once used for Samurai swords. As a result, the knives are simply stunning to look at--much like antique Damascus knives but without their tendency to rust. As an additional benefit, the slight patterning helps slice rather than crush delicate foods and keeps cut food from sticking to the blade.

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Tojiro DP Gyutou 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Shun Classic 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Imarku Pro Kitchen 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Wusthof Classic IKON 8-In Cook’s Knife
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Global 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Cangshan D Series 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Wusthof Pro Cook´s 8-In Chef Knife
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4

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