Handcrafted in over 100 steps per knife, the Premier line is a credit to Shun’s mastery in bladesmithing. Reminiscent of ancient Samurai swords, each Premier blade features a gorgeous, hammered finish upon its 68 layers of patterned Damascus. Shun’s proprietary VG-MAX steel makes up the cutting core, providing more strength, durability, and razor-sharp edge retention than ever before. Each D-shaped Pakkawood handle is contoured to nestle within the hand comfortably, while the embossed end-cap provides balance and beauty. Staying true to their heritage, Shun Premier perfectly harmonizes both traditional Japanese design and exceptional modern function.