Shun DM0718 Classic Hollow Ground Santoku Knife 7" Blade, Pakkawood Handle


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KSDM0718: DM0718 Classic Hollow Ground Santoku Knife

Shun Cutlery

A santoku is a Japanese all-purpose kitchen knife. Like a chef’s knife, the santoku is used for just about every cutting job in the kitchen. The name means "three virtues." Depending on who you ask, the name refers either to the three types of foods it works well with—vegetables, proteins, and fruit—or for the three types of cuts at which it excels—slicing, dicing, and chopping. Hollow-ground indentations on the blade help reduce friction so the blade glides through the food more easily. When we first introduced the Shun Classic Hollow-Ground Santoku to the market, it was named "Kitchen Knife of the Year" by Blade magazine. The Shun Classic Hollow-Ground Santoku is part of the Shun Classic line of tasteful and contemporary cutlery.

The Shun Classic line features beautiful Damascus-clad blades and D-shaped ebony Pakkawood handles. Yet behind these handcrafted knives' beauty is function: razor-sharp blades offering top performance. Shun's VG10 steel, known for its incredible edge retention, is clad with Damascus stainless steel, then ground and bead-blasted, revealing the flowing pattern of the layered steel. The result is a line of knives that are sharp, durable, and corrosion resistant, as well as beautiful to behold. The Shun Classic line also offers you the widest assortment of both traditional culinary blade shapes and cutting-edge designs, so you can always find the right knife for the task.


  • A light and maneuverable all-purpose kitchen knife
  • Named 2005's Kitchen Knife of the Year
  • Hand-sharpened 16° double-bevel blade (32° comprehensive)
  • Steel: VG10 cutting core, 32 layers (16 per side) stainless Damascus cladding
  • Handle: D-shaped ebony Pakkawood
  • Blade length: 7 in. (17.8 cm)
  • Handcrafted in Japan

UPC Code: 4901601589481

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Shun Cutlery, Shun Classic Series, Damascus Blade Steel, Wood Handle Material, Kitchen, Kitchen Santokus/Santukos, Made in Japan

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Shun DM0718 Classic Hollow Ground Santoku Knife 7" Blade, Pakkawood Handlerated 3.833 stars out of 5 (6 reviews)
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Shun DM0718 Classic Hollow Ground Santoku Knife 7" Blade, Pakkawood Handle
rated 4 stars out of 5
Riverside, CA
Feb 07, 2016
Pros: Construction, Material Quality, Sharpness, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Material Quality, Design, Durability
Know what you are getting
These Shun knives just aren't as fantastic as the hype. Don't get me wrong, they are nice for what they are. Now that the price is more reasonable, they are getting closer to being worth it, but know what you are getting. People seem to love them until they actually live with them for a while. I think the reviewers here are right on. Your friends will come over and admire them, but you'll probably just leave it on the magnet bar for people to admire and use another knife for daily work. These are Japanese knives from a Japanese company. They are meant for slicing, not chopping down through the material and whacking into your cutting board. If you push straight down through your carrot and it makes a loud grate and then a clack from hitting the cutting board, you are using it wrong. You should pull through gently with control and your slices should be silent. That's separating the cell walls, which is best for high-end preparation, rather than crushing cells (think the perfect surface on a slice of sashimi). You have to treat the edge like some kind of delicate glass. That's the theory, at least, and mine shows no chips after a six or seven years of use. I've chipped other Japanese VG10 knives before I got schooled by a master chef. The tendency to chip comes with this blade material and hardness, just as it would for a high end blue steel knife. That said, yeah, the blade material is hardened to the point of brittleness. Most users should avoid it. One commenter states that this is a vegetable knife, another says it's not for meat, but it's a "san"toku which means "three" jobs: meat, vegetable and fish. It's just not a resilient enough blade to *do* those three jobs fully. It will chip on hard vegetables (like splitting a pumpkin or rutbaga), and it'll chip if you try to part out a leg of lamb when it hits bone. Then you have to pick and choose what you cut, and it's mostly stuff like tofu, soft vegetables, fruit, boned meats, filleted slabs of fish. It seems that the main use is just to own a damascus-clad VG10 blade and show it off on your magnet bar. I find myself grabbing a mid-level Henckels santuko to do almost every job that I should be able to do with this knife. When I'm showing off, I have an Al Mar that's virtually the same in character, but prettier. You'll notice I pick material quality as both a pro and a con. It is. It's both it's signature asset, and the reason that I think these knives don't suit their purpose that well.
Shun DM0718 Classic Hollow Ground Santoku Knife 7" Blade, Pakkawood Handle
rated 4 stars out of 5
Kuala Lumpur
May 13, 2015
Pros: Construction, Material Quality, Sharpness, Design, None
Cons: Sharpenability, Durability
Good for it's price..
•Very sharp blade, cuts and slices with ease•Sharper than my Wüsthof ikons, but doubt the durability compared together•It's vegatable knife, not recommended for Meats with bones dues to thinness of the knifes blade.. I'm satisfied with the knife, just needs proper handling and care to maintain the quality and sharpness.
Shun DM0718 Classic Hollow Ground Santoku Knife 7" Blade, Pakkawood Handle
rated 3 stars out of 5
Jul 31, 2013
Pros: Sharpness, None
Cons: Durability
I have a utility knife and its already chipped. They are very sharp, but a bit thin to handle an accidental cut on a hard surface. They are better used for sushi or fish but not a T bone steak. Also, family members will ensure a chip gets in there.
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