Shun Classic Offset Bread Knife Review, 8-inch

Shun Classic Offset Bread Knife Review 8-inchOver the years, a number of different knives and knife sets have come and gone in my life, ranging in quality from discount store varieties to high end German and Japanese brands. But it’s the Shun Classic Offset Bread Knife that is my go-to for perfectly sliced homemade bread.

I’ve come to the conclusion that less is more with knives.

It’s better to have 3 top quality knives that you love rather than an entire set of knives that you’ll probably only use a few of (read on for my top picks).

Enter the Shun

My absolute favorite is the Shun. I will admit I was suckered into buying my first Shun knife. I went in to a knife sharpening demonstration at Williams-Sonoma, that promised free knife sharpening if you brought yours in to the demo. I brought my well used Wusthof knives, but of course as soon as they passed around the Shuns, mine just paled in comparison. It was a very clever move – since I had brought my own knives with me, it was very easy to compare and see exactly how inferior my own knives were (and as they hoped, mine were vastly inferior when compared side by side).

On the spot I plunked down a hefty sum for a Shun Ken Onion Chef’s knife. I adored it. It’s ergonomic design was perfectly balanced in my hand. What’s unique about Shun knives (and this may be why they are super sharp and cut so darned well) is that the blades are a 16 degree angle compared to the normal 18 degrees.

I lusted after more, but restrained myself.

A big upgrade – the Shun classic offset bread knife

Once I started making bread almost every week in my Zojirushi bread machine, I was able to rationalize the investment to upgrade my Henkels serrated knife to a gorgeous Shun Bread Knife. The Japanese steel blade is as good and sharp now as it was when I bought it 5 years ago, and I use it constantly. It’s a workhorse. It has a nice weight, and I really like the offset handle because it keeps you from ever hitting your knuckles on the cutting board or counter when you’re using it.

It’s fabulous for all different textures and types of bread, ranging from crusty baguettes to soft and delicate croissants and even eclairs that would normally just squish all their filling out when you try to slice them. No tearing or crushing your beautiful loaves. It even cuts through the uber-thick-crust European artisan bread that I buy once in a while at the farmer’s market (and that crust has to be about 1/4″ thick!).

And here’s a tip – it’s really fantastic for slicing ripe tomatoes super thin.

One fantastic thing about Shun knives is that they will sharpen them for you for free once a year! I love free.

All the knives you’ll ever need

If you have this bread knife, a Chef’s knife, and a paring knife, you will be totally set. Invest in these three great knives and you can get rid of a bunch of others.

Save your pennies for this amazing bread knife, it’s worth it! You’ll thank me later.

Feel free to share your favorite bread knives in the comments.


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