In Japanese, “Shun” (pronounced “shoon” and rhymes with “moon”) is the precise moment during the year when any particular food is at the peak of its perfection. Shun is when fruit is at its sweetest, when vegetables are perfectly ripe, perfectly fresh, and perfectly delicious. Shun is in harmony with the natural rhythms of the seasons. Shun Cutlery proudly takes its name from this Japanese culinary tradition of preparing and eating the very freshest food at the perfect “shun” moment.

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Classic Collection

Layered steel finish presents an amazing look on the blade

Steel: Proprietary VG-MAX cutting core, 34 layers each side (68 total) stainless Damascus cladding

Handle: D-shaped ebony PakkaWood®

Premier Collection

Hammered tsuchime finish helps release food easily when cutting

Steel: Proprietary VG-MAX cutting core, 34 layers each side stainless Damascus cladding

Handle: Contoured walnut-colored PakkaWood®

Sora Collection

Unusual looking, amazingly versatile

Steel: Proprietary Composite Blade Technology; VG10 san mai cutting core; Japanese 420J blade upper.  VG10 is clad with one layer of stainless steel on each side to create the san mai edge and provide stain resistance

Handle: Traditional Japanese handle design in easy-care, textured PP/TPE blend

Blue Collection

Includes traditional Japanese saya, or sheath (made in China)

Steel: "Blue" carbon steel cutting core between two layers of mirror-polished stainless

Handle: Grey PakkaWood®

Kanso Collection

Heritage finish hides scratches, gives Kanso a rustic look that just improves with age

Steel: AUS10A—high-carbon, vanadium stainless steel

Handle: Contoured tagayasan or wenge wood

Dual Core Collection

Dual core construction: 71 alternating micro-layers of stainless steel that extend all the way to the edge

Steel: High-carbon, high-chromium VG10 & VG2

Handle: Ebony PakkaWood®

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Paring & Utility Knives

The Paring Knife’s small, narrow blade tapers to a point at the tip which makes it perfect to trim, slice, and peel small produce such as garlic and herbs.

Cooks & Chefs Knives

Ideal for Chopping, Dicing, and Mincing

Steak Knives

A Straight clean edge that glides through beef like butter, a good steak knife should not shread and damage the meat.

Bread Knives

The serrated edge of the Bread Knife guides the blade through tough crust without compressing the soft inside and leaves minimal crumbs.

Carving & Slicing Knives

The Carving Knife has a long, narrow blade and pointed tip which allows the knife to cleanly cut through meats and guide it away from the bone.

Asian Knives

The Hollow Edge Santoku is designed with a thinner blade than the traditional Cook’s Knife, at a 10° cutting edge. This Eastern-style knife is designed for balance and agility and features a hollow edge which brings extra efficiency and speed to chopping, slicing, and dicing

Fillet & Boning Knives

Ideal for deboning and filleting fish, the Fillet Knife’s long, narrow blade enables the knife to move smoothly along the backbone of the fish and easily remove the skin.

Cleavers & Saws

This is typically a heavy, large knife designed to be swung like a hammer. A primary use is to cut through thin or soft bones such as on a chicken. The weight of the knife aids in the ease of use.

Knife Sets

Sets offer a great opportuity to get a discount vs buying each knive individually. Sets range from as few as 2 knives or 26+ knives and a block. They make for a great Gift!

Chopping & Mincing

These chopping and mincing knives offer a long curved blade with a comfort grip above the blade. The rocking action used to cut foods into very small pieces with ease.

Specialty Knives

If you are stuggling to find the right knife for the task then you may want to look here. These knives are unique and may have the right design to aid in your meal prep.


The Shun Classic Carving Fork is an elegant match for the Shun Classic Slicing or Carving Knife. This two-pronged fork easily holds food in place while slicing or carving and assists in serving, too. The Shun Classic Carving Fork acts as an extension of the carver’s arm, holding the meat in place while your Shun Slicing or Carving Knife glides through, making beautiful slices.

Knife Storage

Storage for knives are unique to the indiviual. Blocks are the most popular but other options include Magnetic Wall Holders, Under-Cabinet mounts, and in-drawer holders. All are great options but its a matter of personal choice. Color and function are fun to explore.

Knife Sharpeners

Knife Sharpening can be easy, with the right tool. Comfort of use is typically the biggest hurdle. Not all of us are ok with using a sharpening steel, but thats ok. Electric Sharpeners, and other handheld sharpeners are available.

Shears & Scissors

If you've never used kitchen shears, you'll wonder how you ever got along without them.Incredibly handy, the kitchen shears are ideal for everything from opening packages to cutting through the shell on a lobster tail.

Knife Care

The Shun Knife Care Kit has the tools you'll need to help maintain your Shuns in their best condition. Inspired by the style of care and tools traditionally used to keep samurai swords in optimal condition, Shun created a convenient kit designed to help keep your "kitchen swords" in beautiful condition, too.



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