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Shun DM0750 Sharpening Steel

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  • 9-1/4-inch sharpening steel; keeps knives in razor-sharp cutting condition
  • Durable, stain-resistant steel construction; protective guard keeps fingers safe
  • Rust-free gradually diminishing circular rod with miniscule lengthwise ridges
  • Fused hardwood veneers and resin comprise the ebony Pakkawood handle
  • lifetime warranty; manufactured in Seki City, Japan


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 41.7 x 14.5 x 14 cm ; 322 g
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Item model number: DM0750
  • ASIN: B000139H7I
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Oct. 1 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,448 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Shun Sharpening Steel

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Shun Classic Cutlery

Why Buy Shun Classic:

Born of the ancient samurai-sword-making tradition and hand-finished for precision and beauty, Shun Classic is an ideal choice for anyone buying their first Japanese knife or 50th. The high-quality line of cutlery makes a worthwhile addition to any chef's arsenal of tools--it's used by professional chefs and home cooks alike. Produced in the widest variety of specialized styles, the Classic line features both traditional European blade shapes and innovative cutting-edge designs.

Shun Classic's amazingly sharp blade is famous for both edge retention and ease of sharpening. Each blade has a core of VG-10 "Super Steel" with a Pattern Damascus cladding of 32 layers of high-carbon stainless steel--16 layers on either side. While the wood grain pattern enhances the knife's beauty, it also adds durability and stain resistance, and reduces friction when cutting.

NSF certified for use in commercial kitchens.

Detailed Features

  • Blade core consists of high-carbon VG-10, a Japanese super steel known for its edge retention, allowing the knives to hold their sharp edges for years.
  • Blades boast a 16-degree angle, making these the sharpest knives out of the box. This is sharper than traditional European blades, which are usually sharpened to 20-22 degrees.
  • Clad with 16 layers of SUS410/SUS431 Pattern Damascus stainless steel on each side for strength and flexibility. This metal is corrosion-resistant and easy to maintain.
  • Damascus styling adds to the beauty of the knife while the microscopic air pockets created by the cladding process reduces friction during slicing.
  • D-shaped handle fits in the palm and provides comfort and control, keeping the knife's handle secure in the hand during use.
  • Available standard in D-shaped handle styles or by special order in reverse D-shaped handle styles.
  • Pakkawood handles, made of resin-impregnated hardwood, are NSF Certified for use in commercial kitchens.
  • Produced in Seki City, Japan, the capital of samurai sword manufacturing.
  • Rockwell hardness rating of 60-61 ensures that it takes and holds its incredibly sharp edge longer.
  • Hand wash and dry recommended; limited lifetime warranty.
Specifications
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 per side (comprehensive angle 32 degrees). This is sharper than European knives, ground to 20-22 degrees per side.
Handle Material: PakkaWood (resin-impregnated hardwood); D-Shaped handle available in right and (by special order) left-handed versions.
Sharpening recommendations: Weekly honing to maintain the blade, sharpening as needed with professional sharpener or Asian-style electric sharpener.

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By David W Conrath on Feb. 10 2013
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I have knives by the same manufacturer and couldn't keep them sharp with my past sharpener. The one I bought from Shun is far superior.
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99 of 105 people found the following review helpful
Misinformation Galore! Aug. 31 2010
By W. Hilditch - Published on Amazon.com
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The amount of bad information here is unbelievable. This is not a sharpener. It doesn't have a hand guard or a slot. This does not have a plastic handle and isn't made in China. It will not scratch your knives if you use it correctly. It is not too short for a 12" blade.

To my surprise it is capable of turning a chefs knife into a boning knife rather quickly, but if one follows the instructions on the box and uses a VERY light touch for stroking at the correct angle this high end tool will do you right. The handle is the same as on all classic knives. It is made for honing, not removing metal like a ceramic stick.

The angle guide is not to rub your knife against, just to help you get the right angle before you move down & stroke it. Holding it correctly, you do not have to change hands, just spin the steel 180 degrees. The flat part of the angle guide is 16 degrees for Shun knives. The rest of the angle guide is 20 degrees for the cheaper European steels and don't bother honing grocery store steel - just pull it through a $1.29 sharpener.

This is a great tool if you learn how to use it the correct way.

Hilditch
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Clearing things up. May 20 2011
By Kai Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
I recently purchased this honing steel and perhaps I can sort out some of the confusion. In short, it does not damage your knives (unless you don't know how to use it), it is for honing (not sharpening), and my box says Made In China. The handle looks and feels exactly like the handles on the knives, and according to Shun's website, is made of the same material.

First, the steel performs like it should, and I have no problems with it's performance, design, or construction. I give it 5 stars for these reasons. The guard is handy for its flat side, helping to correctly angle the blade to 16 degrees--the angle at which the blades are made.

This is a honing steel, not sharpening, as has been said before. When a knife is used, the blade begins to develop small bends in the blade. A honing rod simply straightens out those bends, putting the blade back in alignment again. Of course, eventually the blade will no longer have the perfect edge it once did, and will need to be sharpened (that is, removal of material to make a new edge). This steel does not make your knives dull, jagged, ugly, or otherwise damaged. Unless I suppose, you don't know how to properly use a honing steel.

The box I'm holding here clearly says Made In China. My Shun knives are marked on the blade as made in Japan. That being said, I don't believe that it's of an inferior quality--if you handed me the steel I'd have no reason to believe that it was of a lower quality in things like the handle or craftsmanship as my knives at first glance. Also, I can't say for certain, but perhaps different runs of this product were made in different places. That would at least explain the confusion over where this product is made.

According to Shun's website, this handle is made of "Ebony-black PakkaWood". If it's truly made of some sort of plastic, it's indistinguishable from the look and feel of the knives. The only discernible difference I found is that it sounds different when tapped on, but that may very well be from a different size or shape of tang. There is however, a steel on Shun's website with a Co-Polymer handle. It's product number is 9990, and the handle looks very different from this one, almost like a big black plastic piece. The product pictured is a DM0750.

As a note, I have no affiliation with KAI Corp, Kershaw, or anyone similar (noting my reviewer name).
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Works Like It Should May 27 2008
By Mad Max - Published on Amazon.com
I recently purchased some Shun Elite knives. They cut like a light saber right out of the box but after a couple of months they dulled slightly. The Shun honing steel brought them right back to life. I really like the guide on the steel. It ensures you get the correct angle for Shun knives.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Perfect honing steel, great length and weight Feb. 8 2007
By Ardbeg - Published on Amazon.com
Great honing steel that is a bit longer than others I looked at (seems to help a bit for the bigger knives) and an attractive taper (not sure that matters, but it looks nice). I've had it for a while now and use it frequently. Despite an occasional clumsy collision, this steel slides smoothly and shows no nicks. It straightens the edge on my (mostly) mid-grade knives with ease.

Another reviewer claimed the handle was plastic. Perhaps he was mistaken, or perhaps he had a different version. It does almost "feel" plastic due to the hard resin finish, but mine appears to be the same pakka wood as on my Shun knives (though the steel lacks the metal endcap the knives have).

Aesthetics are open to debate, but I think it looks much nicer than most, and performs better than any other I've used for daily straightening.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Shun Sharpening Steel June 2 2009
By Barry Gittins - Published on Amazon.com
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Shun Sharpening Steel

I use Japanese, French and German knives in my kitchen as well as a well known German brand's sharpening steel. I was constantly frustrated by it's inability to hone a blade and assumed I was using it incorrectly. I viewed video after video of correct honing techniques to make sure I had it right but to no avail.

I heard that Shun produced a good sharpener-honer so decided to purchase one. I have never looked back! The minute I put a blade to it, I could feel the difference. It realigns and maintains the edge on both the Japanese and European blades every time I use it.

One word of caution, it has a slot to guide the 15% angle required for Japanese blades, but this can scratch your knife and spoil it's aesthetics.

Otherwise, go and get one, you won't regret it!