The Shun Classic 7-Piece Knife Set with Bamboo Block is perhaps the best knife set around. I am one of those that do a lot of cooking, both in and out of the home, and the one thing that every good cook needs is a great fillet knife set and this set is one that delivers that high quality. One of the best things about this knife set that I have found is how sharp the edge is, plus even after months of using them they are still just as sharp.
Included in this knife set is a 8 inch chef’s knife, paring knife, utility knife, kitchen shears, and a sharpening steel. With these stainless steel knives the consumer gets everything they need to get started in the kitchen, but they will need to add to their collection over time. The bamboo storage block is nice to look at, but also leaves extra space for any other knives that might be added to the collection.
- Durable Handles – The handles of these knives are a Pakkawood handle that are considered o be D-shaped. One of the best things about these wooden handles is when they get wet they are not slippery, whereas your plastic handles can easily slip out of the hand especially when the hand gets sweaty from a lot of cutting. The handles also come equipped with a stainless steel end cap to help add even more beauty to it.
- Added Rust Resistance – One problem that some people have had with lower quality knives in hard water is the rusting. These knives have some added rust resistance to prevent any kind of rusting no matter what type of water is being used. I have heard from people that pitting has occurred due to hard water, but I have never had a problem.
- VG-10 Stainless Steel – These knives are made from VG-10 stainless steel. Being made from this type of steel means that the blades are a lot harder and less brittle than other steel constructed knives, but they are also a lot more flexible.
- Pattern-Forged Steel – The VG-10 Stainless Steel has 16 layers on each side, which help protect the VG-10, but they also create a pattern forged steel, the stuff that used to be used to make Samurai Swords. While the patterning makes the knives lovely to look at, they also help the knives slice through the most delicate types of foods without crushing the foods.
- Made For Smaller Hands – The biggest drawback to these knives is that they are made for smaller hands. This fact makes it hard for men to use the knives or women with larger hands. I for one have no problem with them because I have smaller hands, but it did take me awhile to get used to using them.
- No Bread Knife – One thing that bugs me about this knife set is that it doesn’t come with a bread knife. A brad knife is one of the most important knives any chef has in the kitchen, so not having one is a bit of an inconvenience, but one can be purchased separately.
I have been using the Shun Classic Knives for several months now and still love using them, they are still just as sharp as the day they came out of the box. However, after having used them for several months I can’t help but compare them to the Wusthof Grand Prixs. Both knife sets are high quality knife sets, but the biggest difference is the way the Grand Prixs fit, they are made for people with bigger hands. Another difference is how sturdy they Grand Prix feels compared to the Shun Classic, but I prefer the lighter weight to the sturdy feel.
One of the least talked about features of the Shun Classic set is that they are also made for left handers, most knife sets are only made for right handed people, finding the left handed set though is going to take some extra work. For those who are looking for a high quality knife set that is also pleasing to look at the Shun Classic is the perfect choice, even with the higher price tag.