The Shun Premier Santoku is a beautiful, Asian-inspired Chef's knife. "Santoku" means "Three Virtues" and the knife gets its name for the three strengths it demonstrates in the kitchen: cutting vegetables, thin-boned meats, and fish. Some chefs reach for their Santoku as readily as they reach for their chef's knife. If that's the case for you, you'll really appreciate the Shun Premier Santoku. Like the traditional Santoku, a downturned blade tip and a slightly curved blade belly characterizes the Shun Classic Santoku. The slight belly curve enables the cook to rock the blade slightly and makes the Santoku as easy to use as a chef's knife. It is especially well suited to a down and forward cutting motion (push cut) and many cooks swear by it for excellence in chopping and slicing tasks.
About Shun Premier Knives
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.