The Shun Blue Steel series was developed in partnership with award-winning chef Chris Cosentino, known for his "nose to tail" philosophy of using the whole animal. These traditional Japanese knives feature a core of blue steel - a fine-grained carbon steel favored by professional chefs for its blazing sharpness - encased between two layers of stainless steel. A smaller version of the sobakiri (soba noodle knife), the menkiri has a long, straight edge that creates stability when cutting straight down. Designed for cutting fresh noodles or pasta as well as for chopping, slicing or creating chiffonade of vegetables or herbs. Japanese san mai construction features carbon steel between two layers of stainless steel, providing the ultra-sharpness of carbon steel with the easier maintenance and added corrosion resistance of stainless steel. Blue steel, hardened to 61 Rockwell, is a super-hard, fine-grained carbon steel known for taking and maintaining an extremely sharp edge ("blue" refers to the paper the raw steel comes wrapped in). Mirror-polished blade has a bead-blasted edge where the two steels meet, showcasing the layered construction. Handle is made of gray PakkaWood. Custom traditional Japanese wooden saya, or sheath, included with the knife for safety and convenience.
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