Shun Kai Classic Chef Knife 20cm

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Shun Kai Classic Chef Knife 20cm


  • Hand-sharpened 16° double-bevel blade (32° comprehensive)
  • Steel: ProprietaryVG-MAX cutting core,324 layers of Damascus Steel
  • Handle: D-shaped ebonyPakkaWood®
  • Handcrafted in Japan
  • Lifetime manufacturer warranty
  • 90 dayno-hassle returns
  • Optional: pay in 4 interest-free fortnightly instalments withAfterPay
  • If there is one knife that you simply can’t be without, it’s this one. The Shun Classic Chef's Knife is an all-purpose blade ideal for a wide variety of cutting tasks.

    The eight-inch length is perfect for preparing fruits, vegetables, proteins, and other foods. The wide blade keeps knuckles off the cutting board and is extra handy when transferring cut food from board to pan.

    With its curved belly, the Chef's knife can be gently "rocked" through fresh herbs or spices to produce a very fine mince. Shun Classic's thinner blades makes it lighter and less tiring to use than comparable European-style Chef's knives.

    Shun Classic Series

    The Shun Classic line featuresbeautiful Damascus-clad bladesandD-shaped ebony PakkaWood® handles. Yet behind these handcrafted knives' beauty is function:razor-sharpblades offeringtop performance.

    Shun's proprietary high-performanceVG-MAX steel, which providesincredible edge retention, is clad with Damascus stainless steel, then ground and bead-blasted, revealing the flowing pattern of the layered steel. The result is a line of knives that aresharp,durable, andcorrosion resistant, as well asbeautifulto behold.

    The Shun Classic line also offers you the widest assortment of both traditional culinary blade shapes and cutting-edge designs, so you can always find the right knife for the task.

      Caroline, Perth Western Australia

      "From the first day I received my classic kitchen knife, it was an utter joy to work with. I had used chef quality knives before, in kitchens, but never at home.

      So for an extravagant birthday present I got my family to buy me this, and I have never been happier. That knife became my all time favourite kitchen tool. I would find excuses to use it.

      Within a week I discovered all I had to do was rest it on a tomato and it would glide through itself. After watching the videos by Chef Alton Brown I felt I was much better equipped to use and care for my incredible knife.

      I eventually bought a honing steel too, after a friend was a little too rough with it. I no longer have my knife, it was collateral to a break up and I miss it every single meal. Love your knives people! Take care of them and you will have a lifetime of service and joy from them!"

      Why Shun?

      Incredibly sharp edges and unmatched aesthetics set Shun knives apart from every other kitchen knife on the market today.

      In the great tradition of Seki City, Japan's sword and knifemaking center, every knife is handmade by highly skilled specialists and requires at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete.

      Every day, the legacy of ancient sword smiths serves as inspiration to the artisans in the Kai factories. Kai’s 100-year-old tradition of blade-making excellence, combined with the newest technology and the most advanced materials, makes every Shun knife a functional work of art.

      Shun Kai Classic Chef Knife 20cm


      • Shun uses advanced, high-performance steel for our blades
      • Shun steel is hard so blades an be made thinner, lighter, and sharper
      • Advanced steel combines with a tradition of excellence to make knives "at the peak of perfection"
      Shun Kai Classic Chef Knife 20cm



      • A hard steel core is clad with a "softer" steel or steels to support it
      • Kasumi combines two or more types of steel to take advantage of the key characteristics of each of them
      • This method is similar to how samurai swords are traditionally made

      SAN MAI

      1. A hard steel core is sandwiched between layers of "softer" steel to support
      2. The exterior steel is often stainless steel and provides stain resistance
      3. San mai is one of the traditional samurai swordmaking techniques
      Shun Kai Classic Chef Knife 20cm


      • Combines the best characteristics of two steels in one blade
      • Steels are permanently joined
      • Patented, proprietary technology
      Shun Kai Classic Chef Knife 20cm


      • Genuine hardwood
      • Resin makes it moisture resistant
      • Harder and more durable than untreated hardwood
      Shun Kai Classic Chef Knife 20cm


      • Shun layered Damascus is formed by layering different types of metal alloys together
      • The layers are forged into a single piece
      • The patterns are revealed by grinding then bead-blasting or acid etching the blades
      Shun Kai Classic Chef Knife 20cm


      • Tsuchime simply means "hammered"
      • Hammering creates air pockets that help food release from the blade
      • Shun knives with this finish are hand hammered, in the tradition of ancient Japan
      Shun Kai Classic Chef Knife 20cm


      • Shun blades are thinner, lighter, sharper
      • Thinner edges cut more efficiently
      • Our 16° cutting angle is extremely sharp, yet lasts a long time

      Cleaning and Storage

      Shun recommends that you protect your investment by handwashing your blades with gentle dish soap.

      Don’t use soaps with citrus extracts or bleach; they can promote corrosion. Do not use scouring pads, steel, or gritty cleanser when cleaning the blades. Rinse and towel dry immediately.

      Let the knives air dry for a few minutes before returning them to storage. Never leave your knife sitting in a sink full of soapy water. It does metals no good to be submerged in water for prolonged periods of time, and it’s a danger to you when you reach in.

      After you have washed and dried your knives, store them in a block, knife case, in-drawer tray, or sheath. We do not recommend storing the knives unsheathed in a drawer, as this can be a potential hazard to the blades as well as your fingers.


      Handwashing is also the best way to care for the wood handles of your Shun knives.

      The handle color may change slightly over time due to oils in the hand as well as the natural color change of wood from oxidation and/or exposure to light. This is not a defect, but a natural part of the process.

      Honing and Sharpening

      In order to maximize the life of the blade, regular honing with a Shun steel will be necessary. Weekly honing will extend the time between sharpening significantly. When the time comes to sharpen these premium blades, we recommend using a whetstone, the Kai electric sharpener (specifically designed to sharpen Shun’s 16° blade angle), or sending the knives to a professional sharpener.

      Shun Kai Classic Chef Knife 20cm

          Pickup (Sydney only)

          You will receive email confirmation when your item/s are ready.

          Please bring order confirmation. Ring the bell on arrival, and we will meet you at the door with your items. 

          A signature will be required when receiving your items.

          Pickup Times: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm AEST. 

          Warehouse Address: 15 Kendall Street, Clyde 2142, NSW Australia


          We are currently experiencing very high order volumes while having to abide by strict distancing and hygiene practices which has resulted in increased despatch times of 1-3 days.

          Delivery Fee: Australia

          Standard Delivery (Australia Post)

          Orders under $30: $12.95 flat rate nationwide.

          Orders $30-$99: $8.95 flat rate nationwide.

          Orders $99+: FREE delivery nationwide.

          Delivery Times: Australia

          After despatch (Australia Post)

          Brisb | Syd | Melb | Canb – 1-3 working days.

          Adel | Hobart - 2-3 working days.

          Perth | Darwin - 5-10 working days.

          Regional WA | NT - 8-12 days.

          Delivery Fee: International

          Standard Delivery: Calculated at checkout based on the weight of your order and address.

          What to Expect:

          Within a few mintues you will receive an order confirmation email. And within 1-2 business days you will be notified that your order has been despatched.

          Example Email Confirmation:

          Using the order tracking link above, you will be able to clearly see the status of your item/s from point of purchase all the way to your doorstep.

          You can also track your order anytime by visiting our website and selecting 'Track Your Order' in the header or footer of the page.  

          Example Tracking Order Page:

          If you opt for SMS tracking updates (free) or Facebook Messenger updates, you will also receive an update of your order at every step of the way via SMS and/or Messenger.

          We treat every order from all our customers with extreme care. Your item will be carefully packed with bubblewrap/cushioning to ensure everything arrives in mint condition. 

          90 Day Money Back:

          All purchases on our store come with a guaranteed 90-day full refund money-back from the date of purchase.

          To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

          To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase which is to be sent to Please do not send your purchase back to the manufacturer. Your refund will be processed and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment within a certain amount of days.


          House of Knives will replace any good/s that arrive at their destination faulty or damaged, provided a claim is made within 48 hours from the parcel being delivered and signed for. To confirm the damage we require photographic evidence. Once received, we will arrange for a replacement to be sent out free of charge.

          In most cases, we will not require the damaged item returned to us, however, we do request that you keep the damaged item until we can confirm that we do not require it to be returned. If we do require the damaged item to be returned, we will cover the cost of its return. Customers are not charged for returning a damaged item to us.

          To notify us of the damage please email us at

          Please note that if you do not advise us of anything that may be wrong with your order (including missing or damaged products) within 48 hours from its delivery, we are unable to assist you further under any circumstance.

          Editing your order before despatch:

          If you would like to simply change the item/s in your order before it has been despatched, you can do this by selecting 'Edit' in your order confirmation email.

          Change of mind

          If you would simply like to exchange your item/s due to a change of mind, you will be required to cover postage fees to return your items, and then an additional $8.95 to send out your new replaced items (Aus only). 

          Order never arrived / lost in transit:

          If your order is delayed and it is well past your expected delivery date, you will be required to launch an investigation with Australia Post to locate your item. We cannot do this on your behalf as Australia Post require the customer to raise the investigation directly.

          If your order doesn't arrive within 30 days of the expected due date, we are happy to provide a refund in full. This will allow additional time in case your order does arrive.

          If your order does arrive after a refund is processed...

          • To keep your item you will need to pay for the item again. Our staff will send you an invoice to quickly get it processed. Or,
          • You can send it back to our warehouse and House of Knives will cover the return delivery fee.

          Welcome to House of Knives - Australia's favourite family-owned kitchen knife store!

          We have handpicked the best brands to ensure you are receiving premium, top quality knives, sharpeners, cutting boards and everything else kitchen knife related. 

          All our products come with full manufacturer warranty and if for any reason you are not satisfied with your product, we will refund or exchange your item no questions asked

          With our range of premium knives, whetstones, knife accessories matched with our team’s passion and emphasis on the customer experience, you are bound to leave with a smile on your face.

          Why Buy From Us

          • Customer service is our #1 priority. Our dedicated and experienced team are here to help answer any questions that you may have.  
          • If you have any questions simply give us a call at 1300-518-069 or you can email us at
          • All orders will be accompanied with a tracked shipping number so you know exactly where your item is at every step until it arrives at your doorstep. 
          • We thoroughly check the quality of all our goods to guarantee you only receive the best quality product
          • If for whatever reason you are not happy or satisfied with your item we will refund your money no questions asked

          We Are Here To Help:

          If you have any questions, comments or feedback we would love to hear from you.

          Hours: 9am-5pm AEST (Mon-Fri)

          Phone: 02 7908 4420


          Address: 15 Kendall Street, Clyde, NSW, 2142, Australia

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            George T.
            Australia Australia
            Enjoying this knife

            Enjoying this knife, good balance, very sharp out of the box and holding its sharpness well with a quick hone on a ceramic steel. Took a gamble with the unusually shaped handle and happy to say it feels comfortable. Looks good too.

            Michael P.
            Australia Australia
            Fantastic Chefs Knife

            The Shun Classic is perfect for my requirements and the shopping online couldn’t have been easier. Great prices and fast shipping.

            Sam M.
            Perfect Easter gift

            i was given this knife for Easter and love it! I use it every chance I get

            Red M.
            Best chef knife so far

            Just purchased this knife and its the best cooks knife I have ever used.

            Rachel M.
            Should have got this sooner

            I've tried many different knives over the years but after settling on the Shun 20cm Chef knife it blew me away. The knife stays sharp and cuts everything like butter. And it looks stunning!