The Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife is a great example of the high-end ultra-sharp Japanese knives that are now all the rage.
It is made from premium VG-10 steel -- a high-carbon, molybdenum and vanadium blend which is known for its extreme sharpness. The blade is hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 61, making it one of the hardest and sharpest kitchen knives available on the market.
The blade is encased in 16 layers of SUS410 that protects the cutting edge and provides stain-resistance. Despite this, it should be cared for properly and hand-cleaned promptly after use.
Shun Classic knives are works of art, having intricate patterns like Damascus knives. You'll want to display these knives on a magnetic knife strip so that others can see them.
The handle is a D-shape, rather than round, for better stability while cutting and the handle is also smaller, like many Asian knives, making it an especially good choice for those with smaller hands.
The knife handle is crafted from Pakkawood veneers that are fused together with resin giving it the durability of plastic and yet still look like the real wood that it is. It has a stainless steel bolster that is offset, making it safer to use while still being comfortable to grasp.
The Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef's Knife comes with a limited lifetime warranty. It is dishwasher-safe, though that is not recommended for this kind of steel.
Twenty-five buyers have written about this item on Amazon.com and have assigned it a mean rating of 5.0 stars.That's a mighty fine recommendation in and of itself.
Check out our review of the Shun Classic 7-piece Set as well.