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Shun Hikari is Knife of the Year

July 1, 2016

At this past weekend's Blade Show, the beautiful Shun Hikari won the 2016 Kitchen Knife of the Year award.

The 2016 Kitchen Knife of the Year almost seems to glow with its own inner light. Appropriately, we named it Shun Hikari. "Hikari" is Japanese for “light,” “sunlight,” or “illumination.” Here’s what makes this enlightened new knife from Shun so very special:

TWO-STAGE FORGING PROCESS—Stage one: two steels are layered and roll-forged together, giving the steel a very fine grain for an exceptionally sharp, long-lasting edge. Stage two: the beautiful “hornet’s nest” pattern is created. In normal use, the steels wear at different rates creating micro serrations that maintain Shun Hikari’s performance even longer.

DUAL CORE BLADE STEEL—71 alternating micro layers of VG10 & VG2 high-carbon, high-chromium stainless steel Damascus

HORNET’S NEST DAMASCUS PATTERN—Is strikingly beautiful and functional

RAZOR-SHARP 16° CUTTING EDGE—Double bevel, makes food preparation a pleasure

FULL COMPOSITE TANG—For precision balance and agile performance

ANGLED, POLISHED BOLSTER—Encourages a comfortable chef’s grip

BIRCH PAKKAWOOD® HANDLE—With an attractive satin low gloss finish, provides a comfortable, controlled grip; the red color accent highlights Shun Hikari’s blonde handle

EMBOSSED ENDCAP—Provides perfect balance and beauty

The Shun Hikari will be available sometime in 2017.