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The best knives? Think Shun, Alton Brown says

“Shun, I love thee for thine edge,” celebrity chef Alton Brown says of these Japanese masterpieces of cutlery, which just may become the best kitchen knives you’ve ever owned. That’s because they have a super fine edge, which is crafted at 16 degrees, sharper than the 22 degrees of German knives, which are the European standard. What does that mean? Well, it means the edge of a Shun knife is brought to a smaller point than others, meaning a sharper blade.

In the past, that sort of knife blade would have been virtually impossible to maintain because the fine edge would have been too small and, therefore, brittle to maintain. But the brilliant craftspeople who created Shun built on generations of Japanese blade making technology that forged multiple layers of super-strong stainless steel, covered in even more layers of another super strong steel, into a single knife blade. That process, which creates something known as Damascus steel, not only gives Shun knives their strength, it also creates that beautiful swirl design Shun is known for.

KaTom offers a wide variety of Shun knives, from chefs knives to paring knives to the best knives for cutting onions. Additionally, we carry Shun knife accessories and sets. See the full lineup on our shop-by-brand page for Shun at http://www.katom.com/vendor/shun.html.

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Comments (18)

  1. john walker November 23, 2017 Reply

    only problem I see is no beak on the handle.

  2. random269 November 23, 2017 Reply

    Think 80 dollars and up, they ain't cheap.

  3. 015Froggy November 23, 2017 Reply

    Sorry Alton..i prefer my Yaxell Gou

  4. David Anderson November 23, 2017 Reply

    Too damn expensive. My $40 victorinox does a great job and so does my $100 Zwilling

  5. Sake Bobombs November 23, 2017 Reply

    Shuns are good, no doubt about it, but there are a lot of world renown Japanese blacksmith’s like Takeda that forge better knives on a whole different level.

    If you were to just get only one knife though, I would have to recommend a workhorse like a “Konosuke HD2 gyuoto” or a “Masamoto KS gyuoto. Those two knives are absolute beasts on the verge of perfection.

  6. Brandon Dreher November 23, 2017 Reply

    I just like reading the comments from people who will debate knives all day but can't even make a grilled cheese.

  7. David W November 23, 2017 Reply

    If he's sending his knives out to be sharpened, then advice on what the best knife is doesn't really amount to much.

  8. Felis C November 23, 2017 Reply

    this video is full of cheese i couldnt even finish it

  9. Robert Hampton November 23, 2017 Reply

    Try a Meglio Knife. They take the cake… pun intended. Those are REAL super steals.

  10. Jason Ellis November 24, 2017 Reply

    And 5 my paycheck.

  11. herrdoktorprofessor November 24, 2017 Reply

    it's spelled shill not shun?

  12. stallio November 24, 2017 Reply

    basic covered, thanks for clarifying honing and sharpening

  13. chaim November 24, 2017 Reply

    I was very very pleased with the knife set i bought from the "Kitch N' Wares" brand, bought on Amazon

  14. Arsim Bunjaku November 24, 2017 Reply

    Think wusthof…

  15. overclockedamd123 November 24, 2017 Reply

    Kinda funny that alot of japanese people are even using german knifes these days for everyday use.

  16. tchevrier November 24, 2017 Reply

    isn't that the wrong direction if you're honing a knife edge?

  17. Emma November 24, 2017 Reply

    I have to agree with Alton. For many years, I would periodically buy a new knife of one sort or another, gradually ending buying mostly German knives. Then one day I bought a Global, and like the blade and cutting ability, so I used it off and on for a few years. Then one day I was at Williams-Sonoma and got talked into a Shun, and bought a manual sharpening kit tuned for the steeper angle of cut. Never looked back or bought another knife other than Shun. They are easy to sharpen, and hold a very sharp edge, and handle well. Been a happy owner for 5 years. I'm happy with Shun's lower priced knives, although the expensive ones look cool – just can't imagine they could cut any better than what I have.

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