Displaying bold, dramatic curves optimized for power, performance, and ease, the Shun Ken Onion 7” Hollow Ground Santoku aims to deliver the ultimate cutting experience. The Santoku name of this traditional Japanese Chef’s knife refers to the blade excelling at “Three Virtues:” cutting vegetables, thin-boned meats, and fish. With the versatility of a Western cook’s knife, the beautiful blade adeptly handles nearly any food. Featuring hollow-ground indentations on the blade, this fine knife prevents the food from sticking by creating tiny air pockets between blade and food during use. The Shun Ken Onion 7” Hollow Ground Santoku offers a slight belly curve for an easy rocking motion while mincing, as well as a wide blade that can help scoop and transfer foods from cutting board to awaiting pots, pans and plates.
With a strong core of VG10 steel, the Shun Ken Onion 7” Hollow Ground Santoku boasts an impressive thirty-two layers of Damascus cladding, with sixteen layers of SUS410/SUS431 stainless steel supporting the core on each side. The Kasumi method of knife-making creates a blade that smoothly and cleanly glides through foods, and also produces a mesmerizing effect across the blade called suminigashi in Japanese, which translates as “ink pattern.” This razor-sharp blade provides outstanding edge retention, while its full tang exhibits significant balance and strength.
The Shun Ken Onion line incorporates numerous design enhancements to reduce strain during use while allowing for complete control. The bolster extends at an angle along the back of the spine, and the curve of the handle matches and meets the arc of your palm. Combining stunning beauty with impressive ergonomics, these innovations work to encourage a professional pinch grip for either left- or right-handed use.
Crafted from Shun’s innovative resin-treated hardwood known as PakkaWood, the ebony handle is sanded and buffed to a smooth, shiny surface for dependable durability and moisture resistance. The Shun Ken Onion 7” Hollow Ground Santoku retains its edge best if hand-washed.
The KAI corporation has been producing fine cutlery for over a hundred years in Seki City, Japan. The Shun Ken Onion 7” Hollow Ground Santoku carries a limited lifetime warranty with complimentary lifetime sharpening service provided by Shun.