SG0401 Shun Elite

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SG0401 Shun Elite


120mm (4½”) Wide Chef’s Knife

Discontinued by manufacturer, limited quantities available.

SKU: KSG0401. Categories: , . Tag: .

Product Description


The ancient traditions of Japanese samurai sword-making meet today’s state-of-the-art steel technologies in the Shun Elite series of knives by Kai. Unique to these knives, the Shun Elite line features a unique core of SG2 ‘Super Steel’ powdered metal, hardened to 64-66 Rockwell (compared to the 56-58 Rockwell of most kitchen knives), resulting in an exceedingly sharp and smooth edge. This “Super Steel” starts out in a powder form that under heat and extreme pressure combines to make a dense alloy that in turn creates one of the finest molecular crystalline structures used in knife making today. The result is an edge that will stay sharper longer that any on the market today. For added protection and strength, the SG2 is clad between two layers of SUS410, a softer stainless steel that provides strength, flexibility and corrosion protection. For beauty and tireless handling, the Shun Elite feature Ebony-black Pakkawood® handles that are ergonomically designed with an elliptical cross-section, featuring a stainless steel bolster for maximum comfort and control. A mosaic pin is inlayed into each handle and thin rings of copper and brass between the handle and bolsters are added to define it as the ultimate in cutler’s art. Shun Elite will soon become the knife chef’s in every kitchen reach for again and again.


In Japan, “shun” (pronounced shoon) is the word used to describe local, seasonal food at the very peak of its flavor and freshness. Shun is a time—the exact moment—when a fruit has reached its perfect ripeness, when a vegetable is at its very best, when meat is at its most flavorful. Home cooks and professional chefs alike celebrate shun in their kitchens, eagerly awaiting each season’s bounty and serving every ingredient in its proper time. Kai named their fine cutlery Shun to honor this tradition of seasonal, mindful eating and as a mark of their dedication to making kitchen cutlery that is always at the peak of its perfection, too.

So now you know; just say, “Shoon” (rhymes with “moon”) for kitchen cutlery that’s designed to help keep your freshest ingredients at their very best.