Chefs Knife Review: Shun Ken Onion Chef’s Knife

Shun Ken Onion Chef’s Knife

Winner of Blade’s 2005 Kitchen Knife of the Year award and first in an extraordinary line of knives designed by Hall of Fame custom knife maker, Ken Onion, this Shun is for serious samurai chefs only.
The unusual wavy pattern on the blade reveals a core of Shun’s proprietary VG-10 super-steel clad on each side with 16 layers of Damascus steel. This allows for a blend of great strength yet still ensures Shun’s come right out of the box scary-sharp.

Shun Ken Onion

The handles are made from Pakkawood®-a resin impregnated hardwood that is rich and warm. The Shun’s double-riveted handle also has a contour which curves to meet the arc of the palm. A grooved underside enables the user to use a looser pinch, thus releasing tension in the forearm. This is also found in the Shun Classic.

Alton Brown blesses the Shun line as his favorite line of cutlery and says it’s the brand he’s finally settled on after years of research. That’s a pretty good endorsement for us at Best Chefs Knife.

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Shun Ken Onion Chef’s Knife Features

  • 8-inch chef’s knife made of SG-2 powdered steel
  • Extreme 16° convex-ground, double-bevel blade
  • 64 Rockwell test scale hardness for blade edge retention
  • Full-tang blade, acid-etched Damascus pattern
  • Double-riveted ebony Pakkawood® handle
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 13

Shun Ken Onion Chef’s Knife Reviews

Make no mistake, this knife is not cheap. Even at Hot Chef Knives we strive to keep price in mind and realize this may be the most expensive chef’s knife many people ever own. That being said, we can find fewer reviews from actual customers than normal. The good news is that the select reviews we did find were very positive even given the higher price point.

Many reviews began by commenting initially on the overall design of the knife, saying the shape and form contributed to their first noticing the knife and ultimately purchasing it. However, this led to a few caveats by consumers that the knife may not fit in all blocks and proper storage could be an issue.

Despite that possible drawback, most reviewers loved the unusual contoured handle and grip. They stated their surprise on just how well it fit into their hand and how comfortable it was to use. The grip helped with the placement of fingers allowing one to cut with minimal effort.

Several reviewers that have small hands were happy to use a knife without such a long handle. Of those, a few remarked that for the first time they had felt they finally found a knife that was the right size. The fitted handle apparently being much more comfortable than a Wusthof according to one reviewer. Oddly enough, a reviewer commented that even being well over 6 foot tall the knife was a still a very good fit.

The reviewers overwhelmingly agreed that the sharpness of the Shun Ken Onion knife was impressive. However, this brings into question the longevity of the edge. As this knife may need a bit more work to keep consistently sharp if you are one of those, “set it and forget it” users this may not be the knife for you. But if you take a moderate amount of care in weekly using a honing steel and getting your knives sharpened on a regular basis this should not be an issue. Given the higher price point, you are probably more likely to pay extra attention to your Shun.

Hot Chef Knives Recommendation

In the end, we are more than happy to recommend the Shun Ken Onion Chef’s Knife to those that don’t mind paying extra. To those that truly appreciate quality, the Shun Ken Onion is like a little work of art. It is beyond surgically sharp and designed to last generations. And hey, if it’s good enough for Alton…

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