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Shun Comparison Guide

MetroKitchen's Guide to Shun Knife styles.

Compare the differences between Shun's many types of knives so you can find exactly what you want for all of your cutting needs!

  Shun
Shun Classic
Shun
Shun Premier

Shun Reserve

Shun Blue

Shun Ken Onion

Shun Sora
Type of Steel  34 layers of stainless steel & patented blend of metals 34 layers of stainless steel & patented blend of metals 64 layers of stainless steel and patented blend of metals Carbon steel core with stainless exterior  VG10 Stainless steel Stainless steel
Finish/appearance Damascus  Damascus  Damascus Traditional Japanese styles Damascus Damascus
Edge Angle*  16 degrees 16 degrees 16 degrees 16 degrees 16 degrees 16 degrees
Rockwell Hardness  61 61 62 61 61 61
Bolster/Hand Guard  YES YES YES YES YES YES
Full Tang  YES YES YES YES YES YES
Handle Hard birch wood & resin Germ-resistant wood & resin Pakkawood, resin & wood Pakkawood, resin & wood Ken Onion designed Pakkawood, resin & wood
Origin  Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan
Type of Knife  Forged Forged Forged Forged Forged Forged
Dishwasher-Safe  NO NO NO NO NO NO
Warranty  Lifetime with normal use & proper care Lifetime with normal use & proper care Lifetime with normal use & proper care Lifetime with normal use & proper care Lifetime with normal use & proper care Lifetime with normal use & proper care
Helpful information NSF approved NSF approved NSF approved NSF approved NSF approved NSF approved
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  Shun Classic Shun Premier Shun Reserve Shun Blue Shun Ken Onion Shun Sora

*Lifetime with normal use & proper care