Shun Cutlery Premier 8” Chef’s Knife Review

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Shun Cutlery Premier 8" Chef's Knife; Lightweight, Agile, Extremely Comfortable Grip, Perfect for Slicing, Dicing and Chopping a Full Range of Foods, Beautiful and Versatile, Handcrafted in Japan

I’ll start by saying I love this knife and am an avid Shun user.

It took 3 tries, however, to get a knife that wasn’t defective – hence the 4 stars! Not Amazon’s fault – but the first knife sent to me had two deep scratches in the steel on the bolster. Not ok for a knife of this price! The second knife had a large chip in the handle and a crack in the blade. These things are not typical of Shun, and I hope they aren’t typical of this series.

The blade on this thing is as sharp as they come, as with all Shuns. The 16-degree angle is much different from the German and American knives and very sharp! It makes cutting a breeze and this will surely become my new go-to knife in the kitchen. I’m looking forward to building up the whole set of this line over time.

I got this as a X-mas gift and I like it, but I’m not sure I love it. The edge wasn’t as sharp as the reviews here indicate, but I have a Hapstone sharpener so I was able to put a razor edge on it. The painted logo rubbed off pretty quickly and it’s lost its shine. I like that the center of balance is at the spine for a tight pinch grip. I feel like I could use this for some delicate carving or slicing with the tip with the amount of control I have with it but would prefer a heavier German blade for times when I just need to rock the blade back and forth to slice through a bunch of chives or cilantro or something.

Shun Cutlery Premier 8" Chef's Knife; Lightweight, Agile, Extremely Comfortable Grip, Perfect for Slicing, Dicing and Chopping a Full Range of Foods, Beautiful and Versatile, Handcrafted in JapanI’m not too crazy about the look, either. But that’s just a personal preference.

4 stars just because I feel like $200 is kind of steep for this thing. I definitely use mine regularly and don’t plan to replace it unless it chips or something.

First of all, I do not own the 8″ but I do own the 6″ Chef and other Shuns. I have used many Shuns of friend chefs (including 8″)and they are amazing when used properly. I use my 6″ Chef for special dinners and a 6 1/2″ Shun Premier Utility (AWESOME!) most days for my mise en place (prep)or at home.
If you abuse your knives then this is NOT the knife for you. Stop kidding yourself! buy a massive workhorse Wusthof or similar with lots of heft. This Shun is about double the weight of a Ceramic, so very light heft. If your cooking style is boneless meats and veggies this is excellent. A-Pro friend used this 8″ Chef daily at a well-known restaurant for years and still uses it now for home/specialty dinner use and absolutely loves it.

PROS: Shun knives are very sharp. If you cut through items to show technique without drag this IS for you (Think Alinea.. or Artisan Chef). Hammered texture on the Premiere series seems to stick less than the standard series. You will be amazed at the quickness and effortless ease of use. Very well-balanced.

Shun Cutlery Premier 8" Chef's Knife; Lightweight, Agile, Extremely Comfortable Grip, Perfect for Slicing, Dicing and Chopping a Full Range of Foods, Beautiful and Versatile, Handcrafted in JapanCONS: Handle is hard to hold with larger hands and when cutting through Butternut squash or similar would be too dangerous for me, at least with the Premieres I own. This is the reason for 4 stars. I use another knife. D-Handle Shun’s are more secure in my hand. The knife is beautiful to look at and would easily walk away in a big kitchen with lots of turn-over.
Like all good knives avoid cutting on hard surfaces like glass and hand wash.

I bought this in May. But did not used this till August simply because we moved. It’s already October I followed the instruction, hand-washed only and yet, this thing starts to rust. Then the middle sharp end knife chip off, so I could not use the knife any longer. It has rust in some areas. It is extremely sharp but brittle. I hate spending this kind of money and not to last. I bought a lot of knives before and this is the first time I encounter this. It is simply not worth it. I read all the reviews and I followed carefully all the instructions. I rarely used this too and this happened.