Williams-Sonoma Masahiro Utility Knife
Widely considered to be one of the three most presitigious knife makers in all of Japan, the Masahiro Company creates knives with professional-level performance in mind. Each blade is crafted of Masahiro's proprietary steel, which undergoes a multi-stage process of quenching, sub-zero treating and tempering to achieve the optimum balance of strength and flexibility. The blade is ground is ground asymmetrically, allowing for a thinner edge and unmatched sharpness.
- This knife's long, narrow blade is designed to provide excellent control for precision tasks plus enough leverage for chopping and slicing.
- Blade is made of Masahiro's proprietary MBS-26 high-carbon steel with a Rockwell rating of 59 HRC, representing the ideal mix of hardness and flexibility for a kitchen knife.
- Edge is ground at 80% on the right and 20% on the left to allow for a thinner, sharper edge than standard symmetrically ground blades.
- Mirror-polished by hand for a beautiful finish.
- Full-tang construction provides balance and control.
- Lightweight yet durable resin handle is hygienic and moisture-resistant.
- 5”-long blade; 4 1/4”-long handle; 2 3/4 oz.
- Made in Japan.
Known in Japan as a gyuto , this light, nimble knife is ideal for slicing meat and fish, and it performs beautifully on vegetables too. The blade is thinner than a traditional chef's knife but still offers plenty of knuckle clearance on the cutting board. Shun knives are produced by Japan's leading blade manufacturer, reflecting the craftsmanship of a centuries-old tradition of knife making. All-purpose Asian-style chef's knife with thin, lightweight blade. Excels for a full range of chopping, slicing and dicing tasks. 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. Exceedingly sharp cutting edge is long-lasting and easy to maintain. Durable PakkaWood handle resists moisture and has a D shape, to sit comfortably in the hand. Handcrafted in Japan.
Shun Classic Asian Chef's Knife $157 $134.95
This color-coded knife series is made exclusively for Williams-Sonoma by Kai, one of Japan's largest and most historic cutlery companies. The paring knife adds bright color to food prep combined with super-sharp performance, lightweight handling and easy dishwasher cleaning. The short blade excels for detail work such as peeling, coring and trimming. With a slightly wider blade than most parers, this one is ideal for transferring chopped garlic or herbs from the cutting board. High-carbon stainless-steel blade creates a razor-sharp cutting edge. Food-safe nonstick coating on blade is corrosion-resistant and speeds slicing and cleanup. Lightweight molded resin handle is contoured for a secure grip. Color-coded knives in this collection help prevent cross-contamination. Includes protective sheath for storage. 3 1/2" blade, 4 1/2" handle. Made in China. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.
Williams-Sonoma KAI for Paring Knife $13 $9.95
Handcrafted in Japan, Shun Dual-Core knives are a brilliant pairing of strength and beauty. Two types of stainless steel are welded and forged together to produce the stunning Damascus pattern and a super-strong blade that holds its sharp edge, requiring less honing. The long-bladed kiritsuke is essentially an all-purpose Japanese chef's knife, ideal for cleaning and portioning boneless meats as well as dicing, slicing or julienning vegetables. 71 alternating micro layers of high-carbon, high-chromium VG10 and VG2 stainless steels welded together and fold-forged to produce an extremely strong, fine-grained steel. With normal use the two steels will wear at different rates, creating micro serrations along the edge for long-lasting sharpness. Hand-sharpened 16-degree double-bevel blade. Etched laminations in the blade reduce drag, releasing foods more quickly and easily. Traditional Japanese octagonal handle in ebony PakkaWood. Shun Cutlery's new Dual Core Kiritsuke, was named the 2014 Kitchen Knife of the Year at the annual Blade Show.
Shun Dual-Core Kiritsuke Knife, 8" $375 $299.95
Our exclusive Shun Hiro collection features high-performance Eastern-style knives designed for speed, agility and balance as well as striking beauty. A cutting core of ultra premium SG-2 steel gives them a super sharp, lasting edge. Handcrafted in Japan, these chef's knives are indispensable for everyday cutting tasks from chopping to slicing to mincing. Extremely thin, lightweight blade for fast and agile performance. The blade's core of SG-2 powdered steel is clad on each side with Damascus steel composed of 32 alternating layers of nickel and stainless steel, for a total of 65 layers. SG-2 is an extremely fine-grained, dense and hard steel, which enables it to take and hold an exquisitely fine edge with long-lasting sharpness. The hammered pattern ( tsuchime in Japanese) helps the blade pass easily through food without sticking.
Shun Hiro Chef's Knife SALE $350–380
This paring knife has a wide blade that proves handy for crushing garlic and transferring finely chopped ingredients to your bowl or pot. The size and shape are so versatile, this tool essentially functions as a small utility knife for a range of cutting tasks. 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. Exceedingly sharp cutting edge is long lasting and easy to maintain. Durable PakkaWood handle resists moisture and has a D shape, to sit comfortably in the hand. 4 1/4"-long blade. Handcrafted in Japan. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.
Shun Classic Wide Paring Knife $125 $99.95
The Shun Premier collection is distinguished by hand-hammered blades and walnut-coloredPakkaWood handles that evoke the artistry of traditional hand-forged knives. Hand-crafted in Japan, the blades are thin and lightweight. This paring knife delivers the razor-sharpness and precision needed for trimming, peeling, mincing and slicing fresh produce. Blades feature a core of VG-10 "super steel" clad on each side with 69 microthin layers of stainless-steel. The striking hand-hammered finish ( tsuchime in Japanese) reduces drag when cutting and helps to quickly release food from the blade. Walnut-finish PakkaWood handles have a two-position design, providing a trigger grip for pull cuts and the perfect balance point for a pinch grip. Stainless-steel end caps embossed with the Shun logo add stability, strength and wide weight distribution from end to end.
Shun Premier Paring Knife $150 $119.95
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 – that is encased between two layers of stainless steel. In Japan, using a kiritsuke is a sign of a master chef. A skilled cook can do just about anything with this long-bladed knife, which functions like a chef's knife for all-purpose chopping, thin slicing and mincing. 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. Traditional Japanese octagonal handle is made of gray PakkaWood. 8"-long blade, 4 1/2"-long handle. 0.5lbs. Custom traditional Japanese wooden saya, or sheath, included with the knife for safety and convenience. Knife handcrafted in Japan; sheath made in China.
Shun Blue Kiritsuke Knife SALE $230–250
Setting a new standard in ceramic cutlery, the Kyotop collection from the Japanese company Kyocera uses an industrial-grade ceramic that is extremely dense, allowing it to resist wear up to ten times longer than steel. The blade is finished in an elegant Damascus-style pattern, and the moisture-resistant PakkaWood handle provides a comfortable grip. Ultra-sharp, lightweight blade is perfect for chopping, mincing, dicing and more. Extremely dense zirconium oxide blade cuts easily through fresh produce and boneless meats and requires very little sharpening. Blade is finished in a traditional Damascus-style pattern. Comfortable, richly grained PakkaWood handle resists moisture. Extremely lightweight, nimble and easy to maneuver. Nonreactive ceramic blade will never corrode from natural acids and oils found in produce. Stick-resistant blade surface releases food easily and is easy to clean. 6"-long blade; 5 1/2"-long handle; 3.75 oz. Made in China (blade manufactured in Japan).
Kyocera Kyotop Chef's Knife $249.95
The Shun Premier collection is distinguished by hand-hammered blades and walnut-coloredPakkaWood handles that evoke the artistry of traditional hand-forged knives. Hand-crafted in Japan, the blades are thin and lightweight. This chef's knife is a true kitchen workhorse designed for comfort, ease of use and razor-sharp performance. Blades feature a core ofVG-10 "super steel" clad on each side with 69 microthin layers of stainless-steel. The striking hand-hammered finish ( tsuchime in Japanese) reduces drag when cutting and helps to quickly release food from the blade. Walnut-finish PakkaWood handles have a two-position design, providing a trigger grip for pull cuts and the perfect balance point for a pinch grip. Stainless-steel end caps embossed with the Shun logo add stability, strength and wide weight distribution from end to end.
Shun Premier Chef's Knives SALE $165–210
Overall Product Rating
Patlovie - Review from Williams-Sonoma
Favorite knifeThis is a fantastic all around knife. Really nice feel and finish. The handle is great and works for both a female and medium sized male hand. Incredibly sharp and precise when cutting. A very beautiful knife that is the most used in our kitchen. Without a doubt our favorite by far.We own a few Globals, MACs, Wusthofs and a Kyocera, but the Masahiro is in another league. It performs so well.
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