Kanso // 8 Piece Block Set
Kanso is a design principle based on Zen philosophy. It means “simplicity"— a simplicity that is achieved only by eliminating the non-essential. With the Kanso Series, Shun Cutlery has taken away anything that doesn’t matter and perfected everything that does: high-performance steel, razor-sharp edge, perfect balance, and precision cutting control. The Kanso 8-Piece Block Set is a Touch of Modern exclusive, featuring only the essentials for an optimized and versatile minimalist set that will help you prep and cook like a master chef.
The steel is Japanese AUS10A— a highly refined, high-carbon, vanadium stainless steel that takes a razor-sharp edge and holds it longer. Kanso's Heritage finish hides scratches, giving them a stylish rustic look that just improves with age. The full-tang construction provides strength, balance, and easy cutting control, and is finished with a contoured handle for an easy and comfortable grip. The handles are crafted from tagayasan or wenge wood, which is also known in Japan as “iron sword wood" thanks to its exceptional hardness and durability. Like all Shun knives, Kanso is sharpened to a 16° cutting angle each side to cut cleanly and help preserve food’s freshness and taste.
9"L x 10"W x 17"H
— Warranty: Manufacturer's Limited Lifetime
— 8 Piece Knife Set
— Blade Material: AUS-10A
— Blade Hardness: 61+/-1 HRC
— Blade Finish: Heritage Finish
— Handle Material: Tagayasan "Iron Sword Wood"
— Knife Origin: Japan
— 3.5" Paring Knife
— 6" Utility Knife
— 5.5" Hollow Ground Santoku
— 6" Boning/Fillet Knife
— 8" Chef's Knife
— Shun Multi-Purpose Shears
— 9" Combo Honing Steel
— 8-Slot Angled Block
Shun knives have a Limited Lifetime Warranty for the lifetime of the original owner. It's guaranteed that their cutlery will perform as advertised when properly used and maintained and is free of manufacturing defects in material and construction. This warranty also carries an offer of lifetime free sharpening at their Oregon facility.What is the material of the blade? What kind of steel is it made from?
The blade steel in this line is AUS10A which is a High-Carbon Stainless Steel from Japan.Is there a possibility of rust around the rivets or screws in the handles?
Yes, there is some chance for corrosion around the screws in the handle if the knife is improperly cared for. It uses highly stain-resistant steel for those components however if exposed to water for a long period of time the steel will eventually show some signs of corrosion. For this reason, it's recommended to hand wash the knives and put them away clean and dry every time. If these steps are taken, the chance for corrosion anywhere on the knife is as close to zero as you can possibly get.How often do I sharpen the knives and do I need a specific type of sharpener for this knife set?
Shun knives are hardened to 60-62 HRC, so that they will hold their edge much longer than most other knives. Sharpening intervals are wholly dependent on how often the knife is used, the cutting board it's used upon, and the foods it has cut but generally using a honing steel once a week to re-align the edge and full sharpening once a year are advised. Shun offers free sharpening at our Oregon facility so that a factory edge can be guaranteed for the life of the knife but we also have a number of home sharpening options available on our website.Where are they manufactured?
The knives are all hand-crafted in Seki City, Japan.
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