The beautiful Shun Premier line calls to mind the hand-forged knives of ancient Japan. And while each knife still takes at least 100 handcrafted steps to complete, the materials Shun uses are among the most advanced in the industry. Each blade has a cutting core of VG-MAX âsuper steelâ to take and hold a precision edge. The lay-ered Damascus cladding supports the core. Near the edge of the blade, where the steels meet, an undulating line is formedâsim-ilar to the hamon formed when samurai swords are tempered using a traditional technique. The handles nestle comfortably in the hand, and the embossed end cap adds balance.