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Shun Santoku Knife - Classic, Premier, Ken Onion: Buy It Online

Updated on October 5, 2012

Shun Santoku Knife

It is not happened everyday that something that garners so much hype and attention can stand up to our expectations. And believe me, the Shun knives must be the most hyped kitchen knives out there. However, when we look into these knives made in Japan we start to understand the reasons of that hype. Quality materials, innovative designs, excellent craftsmanship and a perfect finish to achieve well balanced knives that are a pleasure to work with, and not to mention the superb edge that they have. We could not do another thing but to recognise that there are cases, unfortunately very few, where our expectations are not only met, but beaten. And the santoku knives by Shun are a good proof of this.

In this Hub I will list some of the most popular and bestselling Shun santoku knives available at Amazon. I like Amazon because it is a site where you can always know what other real customers think about their purchases and because it is a good place to find bargains online.

Shun Classic Santoku Knife with Hollow Ground
Shun Classic Santoku Knife with Hollow Ground

Shun Classic Santoku 7 in. with Hollow Ground DM0718

The Shun Classic knives are the most popular knives among the quality lines by Shun. And the bestselling is this Shun classic Santoku with hollow ground. You can recognize it by the dimples on the side of the blade. These scallops help to prevent tomato slices from sticking to the blade something that is always a nuisance. The Shun classic santoku is simply beautiful and a pleasure to work with. The balance of the knife is excellent, once you grip it correctly, and the blade is definitively superb, really, really sharp. And the Damascus finish is a nice touch too. The only thing you should be aware of is the handle. This is not an ambidextrous knife. The handle, made of Pakkawood, has a "D" shape that really gives a comfortable and secure grip, but you has to buy the right for your hand. All in all, this Shun Santoku is a knife to enjoy when working and to be proud of. Really deserves all the hype around it.

There is a version of this knife with a plain edge that is worth considering if you don't like the granton edge.


  • Steel: VG-10 cutting core clad with 32 layers of SUS410 stainless
  • Handle: "D" shaped Ebony-black PakkaWood
  • Blade Length: 7 in. (17.8 cm)

Shun Premier Santoku
Shun Premier Santoku

Shun Premier Santoku 7 in. Tsuchime Finish TDM0702

The Premier is the new line by Shun and it stands out for the Tsuchime Finish that the knives have. This finish complies the same function that the hollow ground because it reduces drag when cutting, keeping foods from sticking to the knife blade. The Premier Santoku is beautifully made with VG-10 steel and shows the Damascus pattern of the above, but the Tsuchime finish gives this Santoku knife a look that is reminiscent of the handcrafting techniques of ancient Japan. The handle in this case is made of Pakkawood with an oblong form to make it ambidextrous.


  • Steel: VG-10 cutting core clad with 32 layers of SUS410 stainless. Hammered Finish
  • Handle: Oblong shaped Pakkawood
  • Blade Length: 7 in. (17.8 cm)

Shun Ken Onion Santoku
Shun Ken Onion Santoku

Shun Ken Onion Santoku 7 in. DM0502

If you have read my hubs you know that I am Ken Onion fan, I really like his designs. So if you are looking for something special with the same excellent material and craftsmanship of the previous ones but with an unique design, this could be your choice. Both for looks and usefulness this a knife to enjoy working with, perfect balance, an ambidextrous ergonomically designed handle made of PakkaWood, and a fantastic sharpness make this santoku by Ken Onion one of the most sought-after knives of the shun brand.


  • Steel: VG-10 cutting core clad with 32 layers of SUS410 stainless
  • Handle: Ergonomic ambidextrous ebony PakkaWood
  • Blade Length: 7 in. (17.8 cm)

Shun Elite Santoku 7 in.
Shun Elite Santoku 7 in.

Shun Elite Santoku 7 in. SG0403

Another excellent santoku by Shun. This santoku of the Elite line is made of SG2 powdered steel clad into two layers of stainless steel to give the blade a superb sharp edge and flexibility. The handle is made of pakkawood as in the Classic series but in this case is ambidextrous. To resume, innovative design, excellent craftsmanship and materials, perfect finish and an astounding performance while cutting make this Shun Elite Santoku an exceptional choice.


  • Steel: SG2 Powdered Steel cutting core clad with 2 layers of SUS410 stainless steel
  • Handle: Ambidextrous ebony Pakkawood
  • Blade Length: 7 in. (17.8 cm)
  • Overall Length: 12 in. (30.5 cm

Shun Santoku


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