Kanso // Paring Knife // 3.5”
The Shun Kanso 3.5-inch Paring Knife is a must-have for every kitchen. In a way, you can think of it as the mini version of the chef's knife because, like the chef's knife, the paring knife is quite versatile. The paring knife gets its name from its main function—removing or “paring” away things like peels or pits from fruits and vegetables. It’s ideal for peeling, coring, trimming, decorating, and other detail work. Its small size gives you complete control over the tip and edge of the blade. Generally, you'll use this knife in your hand rather than against a cutting board, though paring knives can also be used for chopping small foods, such as garlic cloves or ginger.
Kanso, the namesake of this collection, is a design principle based on Zen philosophy. It means “simplicity,” but simplicity that is achieved by eliminating the non-essential. In Kanso, only the most important details remain: high-performance steel, a 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", while 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.
- ColorsBrown, Silver
Aus10 A Stainless Steel, Tagayasan Wood
13.25"L x 3.5"W x 1.25"H
— Warranty: Manufacturer's Lifetime Limited
— Full Tang
— Blade Length: 3.5"
— Blade Style: Double Bevel, 16° (32° Comprehensive)
— Blade Material: AUS10A High Carbon Vanadium Stainless Steel
— Blade Hardness: 60-62 HRC
— Blade Type: Fixed
— Blade Finish: Tumbled, Heritage
— Handle Material: Tagayasan Wood
— Overall Length: 13.25"
— Weight (Oz): 0.33 oz.
No, fine cutlery is susceptible to damage when subjected to the high heat and corrosive detergents in the dishwasher. We recommend that all Shun cutlery is hand-washed and towel dried before being put away safe.
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