In Japan, "shun" is a concept that is revered as the time fruits and vegetables are at their peak ripeness, which is as close to perfection in every aspect that fruits and vegetables can attain perfection. Shun (pronounced "shoon") produces it's cutlery products ever mindful of the process and steps needed to attain it's namesakes meaning.
For over 100 years, the Kai Corporation has been making fine blades in the tradition of the legenary samaurai swordsmiths of acient Japan. Each Shun utensil takes 100 or more handcrafted steps to complete. This tradition and craftsmanship sets Shun knives apart from other manufacturers.
The first thing that catches the eye about the beautiful Shun Premier series is its magnificent tsuchime, hammered finish. Intricately layered Damascus gives Shun Premier a look that is rustic and sophisticated.
Kanso is a design principle based on Zen philosophy. It means "simplicity," but simplicity that is achieved by eliminating the non-essential. To create Shun Kanso everything that doesn't matter was taken away, and everything that does matter was implemented into a high performance steel with a razor-sharp edge, perfectly balanced precision cutting control. Kanso is a kitchen knife that simply performs.
Shun offers a wide array of knife lines. We are always more than welcome to special order you anything that we do not stock in the store.