Shun Premier - Bread Knife 9"

The knives in Shun’s Premier collection require at least 100 precise handcrafted steps to forge. Featuring beautiful Damascus-cladding wrapped around a sturdy VG-MAX Steel core, this knife was built to withstand long, relentless hours in the kitchen.
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Bread knives are made for just that, slicing bread. An extra long, serrated blade is the main distinguishing characteristics of a bread knife though the serration pattern may vary. Serrated blades help rip through hard crusts to help get to the bread within. Serrated knives can be re-sharpened though they are tricky. However, they dull much slower than straight-edge knives because only the tips of the teeth make contact with the cutting board while the deeper-set teeth make contact only with the food you’re cutting.


Aside from cutting bread, bread knives are often handy to use when cutting cake layers because of the length of the blade. However, if you're looking for a long serrated knife for cutting cakes, look for a knife with a wavy serration, like this Shun Classic Bread Knife, instead of a pointed serration. Sharp teeth are good for crusty loaves but make a mess when cake cutting. Wavy teeth are great for cakes but harder to cut through crusty bread with.


This 9" Bread Knife from Shun’s Premier line calls to mind the hand-forged knives of ancient Japan. High-performance VG-MAX Steel, which provides incredible, precise edge retention, is clad with layers of Damascus stainless steel. The Damascus cladding supports the core and provides additional stain resistance. Each knife takes at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete.


The Shun Premier line is comfortably balanced and lightweight making it perfect for long hours of usage in the kitchen. It is easy to maintain even with the beautiful tsuchime (hammered) finish. Tiny pockets of air created by the tsuchime finish act like hollow-ground cavities to reduce drag and to help quickly release food from the blade.


The walnut-coloured Pakkawood used in the handle is saturated with resin to make it moisture resistant, strong and durable. The handle has a D-shape to mirror your palm, ensuring both a secure and comfortable grip. This knife is sure to be a joy to use even with long hours in the kitchen. If properly maintained, this knife is sure to last.


Basic Knife Care:

*Not dishwasher safe. Wash and dry the blade by hand immediately after use. Use a soft sponge to wash the blade. Do not use abrasive dish scrubbers and powders as they can damage the blade.

Always use a wooden or plastic cutting board. Never cut on glass, marble, slate, a plate, china or anything harder than steel. Bamboo is not recommended as it is very hard and dulls knives quickly.

Store knives separate from each other in a way that they will not knock into each other.

Use a ceramic honing rod or leather strop for the edge maintenance. Never use a coarse steel sharpening rod or diamond rod. Do not use a wheel sharpener or sharpening tools. Always sharpen by hand on waterstones.


Knife Facts:

Knife Type: Bread Knife

Rockwell Hardness: 60:62

Blade Length: 9"

Type of Steel: VG-MAX Steel

Handle Shape: D-Shaped handle

Handle Material: Walnut-coloured Pakkawood saturated with resin

Manufacturer: Kai Corporation

Made in: Seki, Japan