The Shun Kanso 5.5" Hollow Edge Santoku Knife brings a newer, simpler design to an all-purpose kitchen knife with a name meaning "three virtues." The "three virtues" of the Santoku Japanese blade shape are twofold: referring to the three types of food the Santoku is designed to prepare - vegetables, poultry and fish - and the three types of cuts at which it excels - slicing, dicing and chopping. The hollow-ground indentations (also known as granton edge) on the blade reduce the friction between the blade and the food, allowing the blade to glide through even usually-sticky potatoes, and also creating pockets of air so the knife releases the sliced food from the blade more easily.
The Kanso line of Shun knives was designed based on Zen philosophy, and its name means "simplicity." Shun took only the most essential elements of a knife - high-performance steel, razor-sharp edge, perfect balance and precision cutting control - and created a simple line of knives that provides simply perfect performance. The Tagayasan hard wood handle is contoured for the chef's grip and precision cutting. Tagayasan, known as "iron sword wood," was traditionally used in crafting Samari sword handles. This wood is naturally dense, durable and beautiful.
Features of the Shun Kanso 5.5" Hollow Edge Santoku Knife:
- AUS10A stainless steel blade - a highly refined, high-carbon, vanadium stainless steel that takes an edge and holds it
- Heritage blade finish that hides scratches and gives the knife a natural look that improves with age
- 16-degree cutting angle on each side cuts cleanly
- Full-tang construction
- Tagayasan wood handle
- Hand crafted in Japan
Blade Length: 5.5 inches
A Bit About Shun
Shun kitchen knives are made by KAI Corporation, which has been handcrafting blades in the spirit of the legendary sword smiths of Seki City, Japan for over 100 years. Every Shun knife is handmade by a team of highly skilled specialists. This tradition of Japanese sword-making excellence in Seki City is combined with technology and advanced materials in each Shun knife.
Handcrafted in Seki City, Japan • Limited Lifetime Warranty
Blade: Forged Type: Santoku Blade Straight Blade