Combining the best of two knife-making traditions, this knife from our Shun Classic line has a thicker blade than traditional Japanese cutlery and a 22-degree cutting edge modeled after European chef's knives. The thicker, heftier blade allows it be used for heavy-duty cutting tasks while still offering the superb edge retention of the Shun Classic VG-Max "super steel" blade. Japanese-made chef's knife with the 22-degree blade-edge angle of Western kitchen cutlery. Appropriate for tasks such as cleaving, cutting through chicken bones, cracking crab shells and preparing melon fruits with thick rinds. Thick, strong blade offers more belly curve for rocking cuts. Broad blade is useful for transferring chopped foods from cutting board to pot. VG-Max "super steel" blades are clad on each side with 69 microthin layers of stainless steel, creating a variegated look reminiscent of a Damascus-style blade. Durable PakkaWood handle resists moisture and is D-shaped to sit comfortably in the hand. Extra weight in stainless-steel bolster balances the heavy blade. 6" knife: 6"-long blade; 5"-long handle; 6.8 oz. 8" knife: 8 1/4"-long blade, 5"-long handle; 8 oz. Handcrafted in Japan.