Sheepfoot Paring Knife, Shun Premier
3″ Sheepfoot Paring Knife
A KEY ADDITION TO YOUR PARING KNIFE SELECTION
The vegetable knife is one of the key variations of the paring knife. The Shun Premier Vegetable Knife is about the same size as a traditional paring knife, but it has a down-turned tip, sometimes known as “sheepfoot”, and a straight edge. The edge is especially convenient when cutting carrots or zucchini into disks directly into the cooking pot, as well as for smaller tasks such as trimming vegetables. Since the flat edge makes complete contact with the cutting surface, it also makes it easy to chop herbs and smaller vegetables on a chopping board.
TSUCHIME—LIKE RIPPLES IN A POOL
The beautiful Shun Premier line calls to mind the hand-forged knives of ancient Japan. While each knife still takes at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete, the materials Shun uses are among the most advanced in the industry This Tsuchime series features a VG10 steel core with “suminigashi” layered steel cladding. All knives are hammered by hand using a technique known as “Tsuchime”. This beautiful finish reduces resistance when cutting, preventing food from sticking to the blade. The ultra-thin blade edges retain a lasting and razor-sharp edge for precision on the cutting board. Each blade has a cutting core of Shun’s proprietary VG-MAX “super steel” to take and hold a precision edge. The layered Damascus cladding supports the core and provides additional stain resistance. Near the edge of the blade, where the steels meet, an undulating line is formed—similar to the hamon formed when samurai swords are tempered using a traditional clay-baking technique. The hammered Tsuchime finish acts like a series of hollow-ground cavities to reduce drag. The handles nestle comfortably in the hand, while the embossed end cap adds balance and beauty.
AT THE PEAK OF PERFECTION
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.
Discontinued by manufacturer, limited quantities available.