Shun Classic Chef Knife Review

Shun Classic Chef Knife Review

Our Personal Rating: 4.6/5 stars

The Shun Classic chef knife is a versatile cutting knife for all of your slicing, dicing and chopping needs.  It is made from VG-10 stainless steel and coated with 32 layers of high-carbon stainless steel.  This knife not only cuts amazingly well, but it is quite stunning looking as well as rust resistant.  It is dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee.  Overall, a very very nice chefs knife.

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Amazon Review 1:

I’ll start by saying that I own both this knife and the Wusthof Classic 8″ chef’s knife, and I love them both to death. I tend to use the Shun more for cutting up poultry and such, because the steel is harder (less steeling when doing heavy work); and I use the Wusthof more for mincing and dicing veggies (much easier to use the bolster grip when doing these tasks). Quite frankly, in my humble opinion, when you are in this price range, comfort and aesthetics are going to be bigger factors than relative sharpness. Provided you clean and maintain the knives properly, you will be putting them in your will to a deserving heir.

Note to sharpness snobs: NO stainless knife can touch an old-fashioned carbon steel knife for sharpness. If you don’t believe me, go and see what your butcher uses. The problem with old-fashioned carbon steel knives is that they are very high- maintenance and will look ugly after a while no matter what you do.

Personally, if I had to choose, I’d take the Wusthof solely on the basis of my personal feel and the fact that the blade is a little easier to hone than the Shun. I am just glad I don’t have to choose, but if you do, I can’t recommend strongly enough getting out to a store and handling the knives before you buy. When you’re in this neighborhood, about the only way you can choose badly is by not buying the knife that feels best in your own hand. You’re going to get a top-quality product whichever way you go.

Amazon Review 2:

After using a few of the Global knives, with the 7″ oriental chef’s knife being my everyday knife, I decided after a marathon day of chopping that I wanted someting a little heavier. After holding a few 10″ chef knives, I decided these were bigger than I needed, and settled on the 8″ chef as my new workhorse. It came down between the Global GF series 8″, a Ryussen, and the Shun. After holding and test-driving all three, I settled on the Shun. It is by far the best combination of sharpness (wow!), weight (slightly heavier than the Ryussen and the Global), handle comfort (you don’t notice the offset handle when you hold it, until you pick up the Ryussen or Global and it’s not there, and then you miss it terribly), and price. In fact, for the rather small price difference between this beauty and the Global, I wouldn’t even consider not spending it. Of course, it doesn’t quite have the balance of the $1300 Hattori they also had on hand, but this is a great knife that makes me want to stop writing this review and go out and slice something. Highly recommended.

Amazon Review 3:

These Shun Classic knives look beautiful, feel wounderful, and work like a charm. The first thing I noticed when I picked up this knife was the weight of the knife. It’s a very well-balanced knife. Second, I noticed the comfort of the handle. It has a “D” shaped handle specifically designed for a right handed chef. This knife is NOT designed for LEFT-HANDED people. I would recommend these knives for the serious home chef who knows how to handle a professional knife (sharpening, care, safety, etc.) or for the professional chef.

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4 Comments so far

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  2. Boris the spyder on April 26th, 2009

    Hi Folks, I agree with most of comments on this site . I’d like to add my thoughts on the Shun knives. I found the knives very sharp and good looking out of the box. But sharpness comes with a price. A sharp knife is usually thinner than most good German knives and given that the blade are also harder, I found the knives chip much easier than Wusthof , F Dick or Henckels. Thus I do not recommend them at all. Thanks Bo

  3. heather george on May 17th, 2010

    Shun knife is very disappointing, after only 6 days of use it chipped, company did not replace it or even offer any explanation. I would not recommend these knives.

  4. Mike Snyder on September 28th, 2011

    I agree with the last review. I had my Shun for 5 days it chipped and by chipped I mean a half inch by 3/8ths of an inch. Shun told me too bad it was not a defective product it was my fault.

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