Japanese knives have always been known to carry a sense of panache with them, and the Shun Classic chef knife is certainly no different. It could very well be due to the fact that they\u2019re handcrafted from start to finish. Either way, Shun knives have also been known to maintain traditional styles that adhere to modern standards. This makes it great to have in your kitchen in contrast to the other more modern European or Asian style cutlery. The Shun classic chef knife also has an ebony Pakkawood handle which is essentially a hardwood that\u2019s been infused with resin. This makes it easy to wash, and great for continuous use. While these features might make this Shun chef knife sound quite good, does it really make the cut as the best chef knife? Let's find out.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Shun Classic Chef Knife\r\nInspired by the rich bladecraft history of the Japanese comes the Shun Classic chef\u2019s knife. It\u2019s an 8-inch long kitchen knife that bears a Pakkawood handle and a VG-MAX stainless steel formula for the blade that guarantees a sharper edge, with both strength and durability.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nThis Classic Shun knife used to have a blade that is made of VG-10 steel but now they\u2019ve migrated to VG-MAX. This type of steel is great for kitchen knives since it is more durable, more resistant to rust, and has a better ability to hold a sharp edge. The blade also has a wavy pattern on it that is reminiscent of Damascus Steel, but it\u2019s only Damascus Layering, with 68 total layers of alternating steel and 1 VG-MAX cutting core. You definitely won\u2019t get this with the budget-priced Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge knife. Due to the sharpness of the blade steel, it is advised that only a wooden cutting board be used, as any other surface can cause the blade to chip.\r\nDesign\r\nAll Shun knives bear a Shun cutlery logo which can always be found adjacent to the handle, and this Classic knife is no exception. At 8-inches long, this knife Shun is great for a lot of things, but it won\u2019t replace specialized tools such as the paring knife. Quite similar in design to the Wusthof Ikon 8-inch\u2019\u2019, the Shun Classic knife also features a double-edged blade, and this allows it to perform a wider range of tasks compared to its single-bevel counterparts.\r\nValue\r\nUsing a honing steel to sharpen this Japanese knife every once in a while should keep it ready for use, but because of the VG-MAX steel, you won\u2019t be doing this too often. This is also evident through its impressive Rockwell hardness rating of 61 which is similar to that of the Mac Knife Hollow Edge 10\u2019\u2019. What you need to ensure however is that the knife is kept in an appropriate knife block, and not in the drawer with other utensils. Also, most chef knives also don\u2019t have a handle that can compare in comfort to most Shun cutlery knives, and this gives Shun classic knives a huge competitive edge.\r\nShun Classic Chef Knife Wrap Up\r\nOnce you buy this Shun Classic knife and use it, it\u2019ll only be a matter of time before you go looking for a complete Shun knife set, after which you\u2019ll be well on your way to becoming a \u201cShun chef\u201d. That is just how good knives Shun are.