The Japanese Shun knives are getting more and more popularity with each and every day. They are used not only by chefs or other professionals but also by home cooks. But what does the word “Shun” mean? From Japanese “Shun” means – “The best time of the year” and it is pronounced [shoon] the same as if you say [spoon]. They are extremely popular in many countries as Japanese knives are known for its extraordinary quality, lightness, very thin blades and sharpness. The Shun knives come with a 16-degree blade angle that makes it a perfect or even ideal cutlery “machine”.
There are many models proposed by the Shun manufacturers and some of the models are made with the help of Honyaki method whereas other are designed due to Kasumi way. But what is the difference between them? The main difference hides in the material it is made of. For example, the knives that are made by Honyaki method include only one kind of steel, whereas Kasumi way includes hard carbon steel on the edge and stainless steel that serves as a protective layer.
When seeing any Shun knife for the very first time, people are really amazed at its hardness though also confused as they have no idea if they would be able to sharpen it. That’s why the Shun company offers special sharpeners and whetstones that will do their job in an excellent way.
There is a huge variety of Shun knife models that’s why we have reviewed the 5 top ranked knife sharpeners for different purposes and with different prices.
The Shun Combination Whetstone is ideal for homes as well as professional places (cafes, restaurants etc). First and the most important its feature is that having this whetstone, it sharpens a knife and hones the edges. Second feature –it is lightweight which means that it is easy to carry from one to another place (dimensions 3 -1/5 by 1-4/5 inches) – will be easy to store as it is compact. And the third its feature speaks for itself even in the name Combination – means that it is two-sided whetstone and has two kinds of ceramic grit, to be precise 300 and 1000. It is medium rough and needs to be wet when lubricated. Also it is simple to maintain – simple water will do. Very popular and is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by the consumers.
This 3-piece whetstone sharpening system will assist you not only as a great knife sharpener but also will be an amazingly beautiful accessory for your kitchen as it includes a bamboo stand. As the previous model, this one also has a 16 degree blade angle which is already pre-set, therefore there will be no need to install something or place the stand at the right angle – everything is done for your convenience. This sharpening system has a whetstone of a 1000-grit at the one side aimed at sharpening the knife and 6000-grit aimed at polishing the edges of the blade. Also the system includes honing steel. This model is a little heavier comparing with the previous one and its measurements are 13.8 by 3.5 by 6.8 inches. As you see, the sharpening system is made of high-quality materials and therefore will serve you for years. Perhaps that’s why it has got quite high rating by the customers – 4.4 out of 5 stars.
This model is one of the safest produced by the Shun company. Taking an example of its ebony handle – it is made of resins and hardwood veneer which means a safe and very comfortable grip. Also the steel the knife sharpener is made of is of a very high quality – it will never rust, it is resistant to stains, very long lasting/durable and moreover, has a special feature – finger safety. It is a 9 ¼ honing still that will sharpen any knife fast and efficiently. This unique steel is made in Seki city, Japan and buying this DM 0750 Honing Steel you get a lifetime warranty for it. 68 customers rated it as 4.4 out of 5 stars – this is a really high result.
This model is distinctive as it has a very light weight, not big size and sharpens knives in just no time. There are special designed channels that have a few functions. First of all they align the right position of a knife to make sure that the sharpening process will be safe. Second of all it keeps the angle at the same 16 degrees every time you sharpen a knife. The maintenance of this Electric Sharpener is very simple. To clean the fine and coarse grits, you should take them off the channel (they are inside). To take the grits off the channel- pull the knife inside several times and the job is done. As this model is of a compact size, they will be no difficulties to store it. Plus it comes together with a compartment for the cord. Ratings – 3.8 out of 5 stars.
This particular Shun model is designed and made in Japan as well as guarantees a limited lifetime warranty as many other Shun models. The blade angle of this knife sharpener is also 16 degrees. It is equipped with already pre-set grindstone cartridge that can be removed and it runs at 120 volts. The grindstone is a combination of fine and coarse which automatically means sharp edge. The maintenance is very simple – remove the grindstone cartridge, clean with tap water, dry it and the cleaning is finished. Ratings by the customers – 2.4 out of 5 stars.