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4 Reasons Shun Knives Have a Place in the Home Kitchen

Any accomplished artist - culinary or otherwise - can tell you that having the right tools makes all the difference. In the kitchen, knives are some of your most important tools, and you should select them with care. Shun...

Any accomplished artist - culinary or otherwise - can tell you that having the right tools makes all the difference. In the kitchen, knives are some of your most important tools, and you should select them with care.

Shun Premier Chef Knife
Shun Premier Chef Knife

 

If you browse websites about kitchen knives, you'll probably notice that many of the most beloved ones are from Japan. Japanese bladesmiths have developed knife-making to a high art, creating some of the most functional, ergonomic, and beautiful knives available. Moreover, the steel is usually harder than steel used by Western knife-makers, and it has a finer edge for cleaner cutting.

Shun (pronounced "shoon") cutlery is a favorite of some of the most lauded Japanese chefs, and you can buy them for your own home kitchen. Don't think of purchasing these amazing tools as "overkill" because you're "just" a home chef. Shun knives have a place in the home kitchen, and here are 4 reasons why.

1. They Are Lightweight and Ergonomic

Sometimes home chefs with smaller hands find some of the German-made knives to be a bit bulky. Shun knives, however, are lighter and ergonomically suited for smaller hands. They don't feel heavy, and the shape of the handle contours to fit slender hands extremely well. Having a knife that fits your hands properly lets you use it with more skill and enjoy it more.

2. They're Easy to Clean

The simple design of Shun knives makes for easy cleaning. Basic care involves washing the knife immediately following use and drying it with an absorbent cloth, including the cutting edge (from which you should keep your fingers, naturally). The company recommends cleaning with a gentle ordinary dish soap.

3. They Represent Terrific Value for the Price

The Shun Sora 8-inch chef knife costs under $100. This may sound like a lot, but you can actually spend far more on high-end knives. For your investment, however, you'll have an amazing, versatile kitchen tool that you'll probably use every day. Expect it to last for your lifetime and be something you hand down to the next generation. They're that good.

4. They're Beautiful

There's nothing wrong with buying tools you're proud to show off, and Shun knives fit the bill perfectly. Sleek and beautiful, they skilfully combine a classic, old-world look with modern lines. Whatever the style of your kitchen's aesthetics, your Shun knives will fit in beautifully, and are likely to draw positive comments from guests in your kitchen.

 

Shun Premier Utility Knife
Shun Premier Utility Knife

 

Conclusion

Shun knives are among the best in the world and are beloved by accomplished Japanese chefs and home chefs the world over. They're beautiful, a great value for the price, lightweight, and hold a sharp edge faithfully. You shouldn't think that because you're "just" a home culinary enthusiast you shouldn't enjoy some of the best tools available. Shun knives represent a solid value, because they'll last forever if cared for properly. An exceptionally made chef's knife is something you'll use and enjoy repeatedly, so why not treat yourself to one of the world's best culinary tools?

At Cilantro Cooks, we have a terrific selection of Shun products for your every need, from paring knives to herb shears, to make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable and productive. And if you'd like to know more about how to use and care for your kitchen knives, you can find lots of resources on our website. You can also contact us during business hours if you have questions about Shun knives or any other aspect of gourmet cooking.