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Ken Onion by Shun 3-Inch Paring Knife

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  • Paring knife with 3-inch blade for a wide range of precise cutting tasks
  • Stainless-steel blade clad with 16 layers for rust-free Damascus look
  • Slight patterning helps keep cut food from sticking to the blade
  • Offset steel bolster; PakkaWood handle; wash by hand
  • Measures 7-1/2 by 1-1/2 by 1/2 inches; lifetime warranty when purchased directly from Amazon.com

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 5.1 cm ; 454 g
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: DM0516
  • ASIN: B000J01AP0
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Oct. 1 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,241 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Ken Onion by Shun 3-Inch Paring Knife

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Created by Ken Onion, one of the world's top knife designers, this paring knife makes a useful addition to any busy kitchen. It features a narrow sloping blade measuring 3 inches in length with a piercing tip. The paring knife's compact size allows for easy handling--ideal for tasks that require meticulous control and precision. Use it for intricate dicing and trimming tasks, as well as for peeling potatoes or removing the skin off peaches and pears. Overall, the paring knife measures approximately 8 by 1 by 1/2 inches.

As part of Shun's Ken Onion collection, the knife shares the same high-quality materials as the Shun Classic line, but in a curvier form. Its enticing beauty starts with a VG-10 stainless-steel blade, which features 16 layers of SUS410/SUS431 stainless steel on each side, producing a 33 layered Damascus look, but without the rusting problems associated with Damascus. The Damascus detailing not only enhances the knife's aesthetic appeal, but it also prevents morsels from sticking and helps maintain the integrity of food when slicing. The knife's sleek good looks continue on into its ebony PakkaWood handle, which offers a generously arched, ergonomic shape that fits comfortably in the palm of the hand for enhanced comfort and control. The knife's wide, gently rounded bolster also helps ensure the correct grip, which alleviates hand strain even with large food-prep tasks. Made in Japan, the knife carries a limited lifetime warranty and should be hand washed for best results.

From the Manufacturer

Curved blade
Curved blade belly for versatility when working at a variety of heights.

Ken Onion Series

Why Buy Shun Classic Ken Onion

As part of the Shun Classic line, the Shun Classic Ken Onion Series shares the same materials and Pattern Damascus clad blades as Shun Classic. But the Ken Onion series elevates ergonomics to an art form. Every aspect, from the shape of the blade to the way the handle fits snugly into the user's hand, has been designed for superlative comfort and control. The arc of the sleek Pakkawood handle provides stability, while the rock of the blade's belly enables users of any height to cut with ease and control. The widened bolster guides users to the correct grip and reduces tension during cutting, making this line ideal for users who have large quantities of prep work or those who suffer from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

NSF certified for use in commercial kitchens.

Detailed Features

Ergonomic handle
Similar to the Shun Classic line, but with a curvier profile.
  • Designed by Ken Onion, one of the most revered custom knife designers in the world. Ken has won more knife design awards than any other single blade designer.
  • Designed by a man with no culinary experience, an advantage because he addressed the needs of chefs from a fresh perspective with no preconceived notions.
  • The handsome, stick-resistant blade is combined with Ken Onion's signature ergonomic handle design and unique blade sweep found only in a Ken Onion knife.
  • The shape of the blade is designed to maximize the glide of the blade across the cutting board, making it easy for chefs of any height to use without shoulder tension.
  • Blunted blade nose, like that of a Santoku, allows the cook to scoop chopped ingredients off of the board.
  • Ambidextrous handle design and stability bump on the lower portion of the handle provide maximum comfort and confidence while cutting.
  • Inner curve on each side of the bolster forms perfect thumb and index finger rests; widened bolster releases tension in forearm.
  • Knife is "zero balanced" at this center point, another distinctive ergonomic feature.
  • Handle is curved downward to more closely match the shape of the palm, eliminating gaps between the hand and the handle.
  • Handles are slightly elevated to allow for full contact between the knife and the cutting surface without the cook's knuckles getting in the way.
  • Many of the 37 steps required to manufacture these truly unique knives utilize extensive hand crafting techniques, requiring trained craftsmen.
  • Hand wash and dry recommended; limited lifetime warranty.
Ken Onion
World-renown knife designer, Ken Onion.

Ken Onion

Contrary to rumor, Ken Onion knives are not named for the singular task of chopping onions. That's really the designer's last name. Ken is one of the most sought-after custom knife makers in the world. He has won more knife awards for design than any other single designer, and with the partnership of Kershaw he has done more to change the pocket knife industry than any other individual. His custom knives can be found in some of the most prestigious private knife collections as well as in the pockets of his multitude of fans.

Kasumi Method of Knifemaking

Kasumi is a traditional Japanese style of knifemaking in which an extremely hard core of high-carbon steel is clad--that is, sheathed or covered--with an exterior jacket of another steel. The somewhat "softer" exterior cladding protects the inner cutting core. In Japanese, kasumi means "mist" and is so called because the exterior steel can have a lovely misty appearance when compared to the harder cutting core.

Kasumi construction provides an ultimate mix of properties: an extremely sharp edge and ease of sharpening. This clad construction is similar to how samurai swords are traditionally made.

Blade Material: VG-10 hardened Japanese steel cutting core, clad with 16 layers of SUS410/SUS431 Pattern Damascus stainless steel on each side, for a total of 33 layers of metal.
Bevel: Double-beveled
Cutting angle: 16 degrees (comprehensive angle 32 degrees)
Handle Material: PakkaWood (resin-impregnated hardwood); ambidextrous handle
Sharpening recommendations: Weekly honing to maintain the blade, sharpening as needed with professional sharpener or Asian-style electric sharpener

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By edc on Oct. 23 2012
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Gorgeous knife.

Very ergonomic. It feels like an extension of your hand - which is what paring knives should feel like.
Incredibly sharp. I cut some chicken with this and it sliced through it like butter; I did not even have to slide the knife back and forth. I cannot overstate how much more satisfying and fun it is to cook with beautiful and high-quality tools.

A paring knife is probably the most-used knife in a kitchen next to a Chef's knife. This is a great addition to my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shayne B on Nov. 12 2012
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This is my third Shun knife and all have exceeded my expectations. This little paring knife was wicked sharp right out of the box and the fit and finish is exceptional. I have a hard time picking between the three Shun knives that I now own but this Ken Onion model might be the most interesting. It looks cool and for chopping the balance is great. However, paring knives are often used for more then chopping and this is where problems might arise. If you have small hands you might have a hard time holding the knife and peeling and cutting above a cutting board. Peeling potatoes or other types of knife work that a person might need to do away from a board are not convenient. Otherwise a well made, beautiful knife and if I get the chance to add a 8 or 10 inch chefs knife to my collection I will for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Michaud on Oct. 31 2012
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Got this one to round out my collection of Shun Ken Onion knives. Totally satisfied with it, perfect for those little jobs in the kitchen.
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Nice blade and holds an edge well- even through vigorous restaurant usage.

Many people I've shown it too are weary of it's unusual shape, but I find that it fits very well into my hand and works great as my main paring knife.
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