This is the top of the line for Shun.
Their Shun Classic Knives are excellent, lower-priced knives.
What this knife has over the Classic knife is the steel. It’s a powdered SG-2 steel, which is pretty much the highest-end steel you’re going to find in a kitchen knife.
The Shun Elites are handcrafted in Japan. This 6.5″ Santoku is designed to be an all-purpose kitchen implement for rocking, chopping, mincing, and slicing food.
It’s a bit smaller than the Shun Chef’s Knife we reviewed a while back. This also has the Santoku styling.
Its high density and unique 16-degree angle produces uniformly thin slices. Its SG-2 steel construction makes it both stronger and sharper than most competitors, and the black pakka wood handle features a subtle inlaid Asian design and traditional Japanese “hamon line” along the base.
The knife carries a lifetime warranty, but hand washing is recommended for optimal performance and appearance.
The price is high, no doubt, but Shun makes high-quality, high-end knives. You won’t be disappointed. It looks great and feels great in your hand, as should a high-quality, hand-crafted knife from Shun.
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