Shun SWT0706 Kanso Chef's Knife 8" Blade, Tagayasan Wood Handles


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KSSWT0706: SWT0706 Kanso 8" Chef's Knife

Shun Cutlery

The chef's knife is the one knife no cook can be without. So if you like the looks of Kanso, the Shun Kanso 8" Chef's Knife is a must-have. This all-purpose knife is ideal for a wide variety of cutting tasks. The 8" length is perfect for preparing fruits, vegetables, proteins and a wide variety of other foods. The Kanso Chef's Knife is based on its Asian counterpart, the gyuto. It offers a wider heel, a fairly flat profile toward the heel—perfect for push cuts—but we also gave it a little belly from mid-blade toward the tip so that it can be gently "rocked" through fresh herbs or spices to produce a very fine mince. The taguyasan wood handles are slightly contoured, enabling an easy and comfortable chef's grip while cutting.

The Shun Kanso 8" Chef's Knife is part of the Kanso series. Kanso is a design principle based on Zen philosophy. It means "simplicity," but simplicity that is achieved by eliminating the non-essential. In Kanso, Shun took away anything that doesn't matter and kept everything that does: high-performance steel, razor-sharp edge, perfect balance and precision cutting control. The steel is Japanese AUS10A—highly refined, high-carbon, vanadium stainless steel that takes a razor-sharp edge and holds it longer. Kanso's Heritage finish hides scratches and gives Kanso a rustic look that just improves with age. The handle is made of tagayasan wood, sometimes known as "iron sword wood." The handle contouring enables an easy chef's grip. Full-tang construction provides strength, balance, and easy cutting control. Like all Shun knives, Kanso is sharpened to a 16° cutting angle each side to cut cleanly and help preserve food's freshness and best taste.


  • THE must-have kitchen knife
  • Hand-sharpened 16° double-bevel blade (32° comprehensive)
  • Heritage finish (stonewash) hides scratches, gives Kanso a rustic look that just improves with age
  • Steel: AUS10A—high-carbon, vanadium stainless steel
  • Handle: Contoured tagayasan wood
  • Blade length: 8" (20.3 cm)
  • Handcrafted in Japan
Made in Japan
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Wood Handles
Wood Handles Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
Shun SWT0706 Kanso Chef's Knife 8" Blade, Tagayasan Wood Handlesrated 4.000 stars out of 5 (1 review)
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Shun SWT0706 Kanso Chef's Knife 8" Blade, Tagayasan Wood Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Jan 07, 2020
Pros: Construction, Material Quality, Durability, Design, Sharpness, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Construction, Design, Sharpenability
A pretty awesome Chef's knife
I cook professionally. I spend 6 days a week in a commercial kitchen, 10-15 hours a day. Needless to say, my knives need to work. I have a pretty extensive knife roll and this is neither my first chef's knife, nor is it my first Shun. I actually purchased this knife to be kind of a beater. I really, really like my other Shuns and I don't own any other kitchen knives with this specific blade shape, so I went for it. Been using this knife for over a year now and I'm not at all disappointed by the way it preforms. I've found the blade shape and edge geometry lend themselves very well to certain butchery tasks. Generally I use a few different knives to break down large fish or large hunks of pork or beef, and this has become one of those knives. As a general use chef's knife the Kanso also preforms wonderfully. The only reason I've given it 4 stars instead of 5 is because there are certain design elements of the handle that leave openings where food can get stuck. This makes it slightly more annoying to clean than some of my other kitchen knives. If you work in a commercial kitchen it's easy to just take the knife over the the dish sprayer and get any stuck in food out. At home without a pressure sprayer, it's a little more tedious to clean. Still, not a huge deal though. Also fair warning to those of you who aren't that great at sharpening knives. This knife has an extremely tiny edge bevel. I sharpen my knives weakly, freehand, using Japanese waterstones. I like to think I've gotten pretty decent at sharpening over the years. Because the bevel is so small, it is tricky to find and hold the perfect angle while sharpening this knife. Overall I like the Shun Kanso and I'm happy I bought it. KnifeCenter was awesome, as always. Hands down my favorite place to buy knives online. Great prices, great costumer service, super reliable all around.


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