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Traditional Japanese cuisine doesn't include a great deal of bread which is a shame since this Shun bread knife is a remarkable piece of design. The ultra hard 32 layer Damascus steel blade with Rockwell 64 core gives a incredibly sharp edge but the unusual serration pattern makes this knife very special. The teeth in the front half of the knife point forwards while those nearer the handle point backwards. This gives a remarkable cutting performance on both the forward and backward strokes. This knife will cut some of the cleanest slices of bread ever. The face of the blade is mirror polished to show the unique detail of the layers of folded steel and ultra hard core. The riveted handle is made from fine layers of strong, light Pakka wood for comfort poise and balance. The handle is gently curved to provide a comfortable grip and counterweighted at the heel for balance. The symmetrical design makes the knife suitable for right and left handed users.
Shun Kaji Knives
The Japanese word 'Kaji' means 'blacksmith'. This title was only awarded to the very best master craftsmen famous for making Samurai swords. Each Shun Kaji knife is a masterpiece in itself. The blades are made of 32 layers of folded Damascus steel which surround a core layer of specially developed SG-2 steel. This material is sometimes called 'sintered steel' or 'ceramic metal matrix steel'. It achieves a remarkable Rockwell hardness of 64. Normal stainless steel can only reach a maximum of 62. This hardness means that the cutting edge of a Shun Kaji is sharper than almost any other metal knife and that it will retain that sharpness for far longer too.
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