Shun Kanso Chef’s Knife 8-in

Kanso is a design principle based on Zen philosophy. It means simplicity, but simplicity that is achieved by eliminating the non-essential. In Kanso concept development, all that doesn’t matter was left out and kept everything that does: high-performance steel, razor-sharp edge, perfect balance, and precision cutting control.

The steel is Japanese AUS10A highly refined, high-carbon, vanadium stainless steel that takes a razor-sharp edge and holds it longer.

Kanso’s Heritage finish hides scratches and gives Kanso a rustic look that just improves with age. The handle is made of a wood called tagayasan or wenge, which is sometimes known in Japan as “iron sword wood”.

The handle contouring enables an easy chef’s grip. Full-tang construction provides strength, balance, and easy cutting control.

Like all Shun knives, Kanso is sharpened to a 16ฐ cutting angle each side to cut cleanly and help preserve food freshness and best taste.


  • AUS10A high-carbon/vanadium stainless steel with Heritage finish for premium performance, distinctive look
  • Shun-sharp 16ฐedge (each side) makes food prep fast and easy
  • Double-bevel, flat-ground blade glides through food
  • Countoured tagayasan/wenge wood handle for a comfortable and beautiful grip
  • Full tang provides perfect balance
  • Blade length: 8-in (20.3 cm)
  • Handcrafted in Japan