Tomato skins and avocado peels can provide a difficult cutting challenge but are no match for the serrated edge and sturdy blade of the Shun Classic 6-inch Utility Knife. In between a paring and chef’s knife in size, the 6-inch Utility Knife has a narrower and straighter serrated blade, enabling it to easily slice through tougher exteriors without tearing the soft interiors of foods like avocados, tomatoes, and fruits like kiwi. It also works well on foods with a tougher casing like some sausages and hard cheeses. Shun knives are made by highly skilled artisans through a more than 100-step process, providing exceptional quality. The cutting core of the blade is made from VG-MAX steel, a proprietary formula of carbon, cobalt, tungsten and chromium for increased durability, corrosion resistance, and sharpness. The core is supported by 34 micro-layers of stainless steel on each side of the blade, which creates the beautiful rippling pattern on the blade and adds stain resistance.
Made from VG-10 stainless steel, Shun knives are specially constructed to be harder, less brittle, but also more flexible than traditional steel formulations. The VG-10 core is clad with 16 full layers of SUS410 high-carbon stainless steel on each side, for a total of 33 layers. These layers not only protect the VG-10, they create an exquisitely-detailed surface reminiscent of Damascus or pattern-forged steel, the kind once used for Samurai swords. As a result, the knives are simply stunning to look at–much like antique Damascus knives but without their tendency to rust. As an additional benefit, the slight patterning helps slice rather than crush delicate foods and keeps cut food from sticking to the blade.
The 6-inch blade of this Shun utility knife features a serrated edge, which makes it ideal for slicing through ripe, summer tomatoes. Like many Asian-style knives, the knife’s handle is especially suited to smaller users. In contrast to the traditional round profile, however, Shun’s are D-shaped to prevent the knife from twisting in the hand, providing extra stability and a firm grip. The handle is made from ebony-colored PakkaWood, a fused blend of hardwood veneers imbued with waterproof resin that combines the warmth and traditional look and feel of wood with the strength and durability of plastic. The offset stainless-steel bolster is designed for ergonomic comfort and maximum safety, while a stainless-steel end cap provides the finishing touch. As sturdy as it is lovely, the utility knife is officially safe to put in the dishwasher–although it’s so good-looking you might find yourself hard-pressed to do so. Shun knives carry a limited lifetime warranty. –Mary Park
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The perfect kitchen knife to handle foods with tough peels and skins but soft interiors; ideal for tomatoes, avocados, as well as for tougher foods like hard cheeses, sausages with casing, and more
Between a chef’s and a paring knife in size, the Shun Serrated Utility has a straighter, narrower blade with small serrations that let it glide through a variety of tougher foods with ease
The handle is D-shaped for a comfortable grip and made of ebony PakkaWood, a genuine hardwood infused with resin, producing a water-resistant and durable material that is easy to clean and maintain
The blade’s cutting core is made of VG-MAX steel, a formula exclusive to Shun and a re-engineered version of the VG10 formula for additional strength, sharpness, durability and corrosion resistance
A sharp serrated blade is always handy to have around; give the gift of the Classic 6-inch Serrated Utility Knife to friends, newlyweds, grandparents, cooks, entertainers or aspiring chefs