Shun pronounced “shoon” in Japanese, is known as “at the peak of perfection”.
Kanso is a design principle based on Zen philosophy.
It means “simplicity, ” but simplicity that is achieved by eliminating the non-essential.
In Kanso, we took away anything that doesn’t matter and kept everything that does: high-performance steel, razor-sharp edge, perfect balance, and precision cutting control.
The steel is Japanese AUS10A—highly refined, high-carbon, vanadium stainless steel that takes a razor-sharp edge and holds it longer.
Kanso’s Heritage finish hides scratches and gives Kanso a rustic look that just improves with age.
The handle is made of tagayasan wood, sometimes known as “iron sword wood.
” The handle contouring enables an easy chef’s grip.
Full-tang construction provides strength, balance, and easy cutting control.
Like all Shun knives, Kanso is sharpened to a 16° cutting angle each side to cut cleanly and help preserve food’s freshness and good taste.
Made in Japan.
Do you bake or buy whole loaves of bread?
Then this will be one of the most-used knives in your kitchen.
The Shun Kanso Bread Knife cuts through bread quickly and easily, whether it’s crusty or tender—and with less crumbing.
The secret is our wide serrations.
Instead of smaller “sawtooth serrations, ” Kanso’s wide, undulating serrations gently glide through bread so there’s less tearing and less crumbing.
Cakes and pastries benefit from the Shun Kanso Bread Knife’s smooth cutting capabilities, too.
From the manufacturer
“Shun” (shoon) is a concept at the very heart of Japanese cuisine. In Japanese, shun is the word used to describe local, seasonal food when it is at the peak of its flavor and freshness—at the peak of its perfection.
Shun Cutlery is known for its exquisite beauty and ultra-premium performance. Yet as beautiful as Shun is on the outside, and as beautifully as it performs in your kitchen, its true beauty may be in what you don’t see.
Handcrafted in Japan
Shun is dedicated to maintaining this ancient tradition by continuing to handcraft each knife in our Seki City facilities. Each piece of this fine kitchen cutlery takes at least 100 individual steps to complete. While we maintain these ancient traditions of handcrafted quality, we also take advantage of thoroughly modern, premium materials and state-of-the-art technology to provide that traditional quality to millions of professional chefs and avid home cooks throughout the world.
Knife Steel is Essential
Heat treatment—an invisible, yet vital, process. This exacting process is fundamentally important to ensuring that your Shun provides lasting value. In heat treatment, the metal is heated and cooled to change its microstructure, bringing out its very best properties. With precise heat treatment, blade steel becomes finer grained, making it stronger and harder so blades can be thinner, sharper, and give you a longer-lasting edge. Shun’s experts are, quite simply, masters of the heat treatment process.
Quality and Performance
Shun is the exact moment when a fruit has reached its ideal ripeness, when a vegetable is at its very best, or when meat is at its most flavorful. Home cooks and professional chefs alike celebrate shun in their kitchens, eagerly awaiting each season’s bounty and serving every ingredient in its proper time.
Shun Cutlery proudly takes its name from this Japanese culinary tradition of eating the freshest food at the perfect moment. We took this name to honor this seasonal, mindful way of eating and as a mark of our dedication to making kitchen cutlery that is always at the peak of its perfection, too.
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Kanso is a design principle based on Zen philosophy. It means “simplicity” but it is a simplicity that is achieved by concentrating solely on what is most essential. When it comes to Shun’s Kanso cutlery, essential means high-performance steel, a razor sharp edge, perfect balance, and precision cutting control.
Kanso is simple – and beautiful – kitchen cutlery that simply performs.
Tagayasan Wood Handle
Known as “iron sword wood” – the Kanso line features a Tagayasan Wood handle that is notable for its denseness, durability, and simple beauty while providing easy cutting control. The handle is also angled for a comfortable chef’s grip and precision cutting.
Full Tang Construction
Providing cutting balance and strength, the Kanso line features a full tang construction, meaning the blade and handle are one piece of steel.
The Kanso line also features a Heritage finish on the blade that helps hide scratches and gives the blade a rustic look that improves with age.
As in all Shun knives, the steel is essential to the performance of the cutting edge. The Kanso line features Japanese AUS10A blade steel – a highly refined, high-carbon, vanadium stainless steel that takes a razor-sharp edge and holds it longer.
Shun and Sharpening
Shun are backed by Shun against manufacturing defects. In addition to supporting our products, we will be happy to sharpen your Shun or Kai knife for free for as long as you own the knife.
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